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More International Cruise Ships want to dock in Boracay

The Aklan Provincial Government welcomes the initiative of international cruise ship companies to dock in this resort island.

Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises

Niven Maquirang, jetty port administrator, said that the United Kingdom-based Oceania Cruises has started selling tickets for its new route. Continue Reading

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Score great deals at the Big Davao Fun Sale with Cebu Pacific

Those looking for the best shopping deals and fun adventures are in for an exciting treat as the Crown Jewel of Mindanao hosts the first-ever Big Davao Fun Sale from March 14 to April 16, 2014. The event is slated to be the country’s longest and grandest city-wide sale, and aims to establish Davao as a major shopping and dining destination in the Philippines. Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Art Boncato, Jr. said that the shopping festival aims to elevate the Davao experience even further for tourists. “From highlands to islands, Davao is best known for its beautiful beaches and lush landscapes. Now, we also want the Davao region to be the ultimate shopping and dining destination in the Philippines,” he said. “This is why we partnered with Cebu Pacific, because they have the widest network of domestic routes that fly there.”

Big Davao Fun Sale
Department of Tourism ASec Art Boncato, Jr. talks about the exciting offerings in store for tourists and serious shoppers in the Big Davao Fun Sale.

The country’s leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific is the official airline partner of the Big Davao Fun Sale. It offers the lowest year-round fares, starting at PHP878, and the most flights and routes to Davao. This includes the airline’s newest domestic route, direct flights between Davao and Bacolod. “Davao has incredible natural wonders and eco-adventure attractions. Coupled with the Big Davao Fun Sale which showcases Davao’s various shopping and dining options, travelers can get the best of both worlds. This month-long event is the perfect opportunity for everyJuan to visit Davao and sample all of these,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution.

“With our trademark lowest fares and multiple flight options, thrill-seeking shoppers and adventurers can spend less on airfare, so they can splurge on the city’s great deals, amazing discounts and memorable experiences,” she added.

Four weeks of fantastic finds. Davao City’s major malls will offer a host of unique activities, fab freebies, fun parties and exciting incentives all month long. Tourists can also score as much as 80% discount at the Robinsons Cybergate Davao, Abreeza-Ayala Mall, Gaisano Grand Mall, Gaisano Mall of Davao, NCCC Mall, SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier. The Big Davao Fun Sale will also host a series of weekly themed sales, starting with a general city-wide merchandise sale from March 14 to 16. This will be followed by health and beauty products from March 16 to 23, electronics and gadgets from March 24 to 30, home and travel items from March 31 to April 6, and active lifestyle and fashion on April 7 to 16. Shoppers can also win P100,000 in cash, a weekend getaway for two, and other exciting prizes in a raffle draw. To join, all they have to do is get a Fun Sale Passport at any DOT booth or at participating malls by presenting their boarding pass or P500 worth of single or accumulated one-day receipts from partner merchants.

Fun Sale Passport holders can earn stamps every time they purchase P500 worth of merchandise. Passports bearing stamps of all seven (7) participating malls will serve as a raffle entry and can also be exchanged for a free shirt. The Restaurant Association of Davao will also hold a food festival with more than 100 dining establishments, allowing food lovers to get a taste of the city’s best eats and tastiest treats.

The Big Davao Fun Sale is a project of the Department of Tourism XI, Davao City government and participating malls, with the endorsement of the Philippine Retailers Association and the support of the Restaurant Association of Davao and the Davao Tourism Association.

Cebu Pacific flies to Davao from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Dipolog, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. For flights and fares to Davao, visit www.cebupacificair.com or call +632-7020-888.

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Philippines receives support from international tourism bodies

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expresses its sincere appreciation to the outpouring of messages and support from partners in the international travel community such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for the Filipino people affected by the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Philippine Department of Tourism
Philippine Department of Tourism

In a press release posted on their website, UNWTO expressed readiness to support the Philippines in any tourism-related recovery program for the affected areas and called for support by contributing to the ongoing relief efforts of the various United Nations (UN) agencies operating on the ground. The UNWTO, as the leading international organization in the field of tourism, is the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism. Continue Reading

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The Philippine Department of Tourism implements New National Accommodation Standards

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will be implementing its new National Accommodation Standards for Hotels, Resorts, and Apartment Hotels using the Star Rating System. The new standards employ a points-based rating system focused on inventory, availability, condition, and quality of a specific facility or service.

Big Room“The new standards seek to boost industry competitiveness, especially in preparation for important events such as the World Competitiveness Forum next year, APEC in 2015, and the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2016. On the initial implementation of the new standards and star rating system for classifying hotels, resorts, and apartment hotels, the DOT shall be engaging the services of a private quality assurance firm that will consequently tap external auditors to conduct the assessment. The use of a third party auditing firm is aimed at ensuring impartiality of the audit team and credibility of results. Most developed countries employ this scheme as independent audits are deemed more credible,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.

Launched last year through the DOT Memorandum Circular 2012-02, the new standards is part of the DOT’s policy reforms pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism Act of 2009, which mandates the DOT to formulate and enforce standards for the operation and maintenance of tourism enterprises, prescribing minimum and progressive levels of operating quality and efficiency consistent with local and international standards. The Tourism Act also provides for the development and enforcement of a comprehensive system for mandatory accreditation for primary tourism enterprises, and voluntary accreditation for secondary tourism enterprises, in accordance with prescribed guidelines and standards. Continue Reading

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The Philippines, runaway winner at Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

In another historic first for the country, the Philippines won two (2) Gold Awards for its pavilion at the recently concluded Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea – an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Expo awards – besting ten other country participants in the Small Pavilion Category (Category C). This marks the first time that the Philippines won the Gold Award in an international expo, and also the first time in the entire history of the international expo that a country has won two Gold Awards.

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Philippine Pavillion at the Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

Adjudged by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the Philippine pavilion was awarded Gold Award winners for Creative Display and Theme Development criteria from 11 participating countries, besting the likes of Vietnam, Brunei, Mexico, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lithuania. Lithuania and Mexico brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Creative Display criteria, while Tunisia and Vietnam brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Theme Development criteria. Pavilions were divided into four categories according to their type and size of exhibition space: Category A with 4 modules and above, Category B with 2 or 3 modules, Category C with 1 module or less and Category D for joint pavilions. Continue Reading

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Its more fun in the Philippines campaign ‘spread like wildfire’

The Department of Tourism’s (DOT) “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign was able to reach a wide audience with little cost to the government, a senior tourism official said.

Domingo Ramon Enerio III, DOT assistant secretary for tourism planning and officer-in-charge of the Tourism Promotions Board, said the campaign is still in its early days but the catchphrase has spread “like wildfire.”

More Fun in the Philippines
More Fun in the Philippines

”It has become a people’s campaign,” he said.

Enerio said the simple truth about the Filipino people is the secret to its success, saying the campaign’s message is easy to understand, speaks the truth about the Filipino culture and makes the locals proud.

“It’s a direct call to action for every Filipino,” Enerio said. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism opens summer fun in Boracay, strengthens safety and security drive for tourists

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Municipality of Malay jointly inaugurated today the Boracay Tourist Information and Assistance Centre (BTIAC) to better address the various information, safety, and security concerns of tourists.

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Boracay Island Tourist Information Center

The inauguration was attended by Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., Malay Mayor John P. Yap, PNP Police Chief Inspector Christopher Prangan, DOT officials, private sector partners Smart Communications and TAO Corporation, and other private sector representatives. Continue Reading

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Secretary Jimenez inaugurates Boracay Island’s new submarine water pipeline

Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez led the inauguration of the one-kilometer submarine water pipeline along the Caticlan-Boracay channel that will augment the existing 13-year old pipeline supplying water to Boracay from mainland Malay town. The P126-M submarine pipe, constructed by Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), a subsidiary of Manila Water Company, the East Zone concessionaire of Metro Manila, is intended to further improve the island’s water supply.

Boracay Island
Boracay Island

Jimenez’s presence in Boracay brings to fore pressing development issues plaguing the island such as zoning and environmental concerns. He took positive note of the improvements in water supply and wastewater management since BIWC started operations in 2009. The island now enjoys better water supply, with 96% of the population now having 24/7 water service. The quality of tap water has also improved significantly, with 100% compliance with the stringent parameters of the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water. Continue Reading

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Honest taxi driver hailed by Philippine Department of Tourism as “Model of Fun”

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. lauds the good gesture of Sotero Canonoy, a taxi driver who surrendered a bag left by three male German tourists whom he ferried from SM Mall of Asia to NAIA Terminal 1 on March 23 at about 10:00 PM.

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Its More Fun in the Philippines

“This is one happy piece of news that we need to hear more of.  Mr. Canonoy’s action exemplifies the innate goodness of our countrymen.  It gives support to the positive image we wish to portray through our “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign.  We want to highlight these good news as normal than unusual,” Jimenez enthused. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism to launch Its More Fun the Philippines in international travel fest in Berlin

Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. leaves for Germany this week to lead a 41-man delegation from the Philippines that will participate in the annual International Tourismus Bourse (ITB), the world’s largest travel trade show. Scheduled on March 7-11, 2012 in Berlin, ITB includes booth exhibits of national and local tourist offices, travel-related companies and other service providers.

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Beach in Quezon Province

“Our participation in ITB this year is quite significant because it’s the first time for us to roll out the ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ campaign in a global event,” Jimenez said. He added, “About half of the travel business is traded through the international travel bourse.” The tourism chief explained that the ITB is institutional among travel wholesalers where direct selling and networking is done. Continue Reading

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