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Top Russian artists paint the Philippines

Thirteen top Russian artists embark on a 20-day cultural journey to the Philippines, called, “To the Islands of Sampaguita,” as part of the Creative Expedition to the Philippines – 1st ASEAN Culture Capital to paint the wealth of bio-cultural diversity of our country’s habitat, heritage, history, language and creative industry. This project was organized in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Russia in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations with Russia through trade, tourism, and culture.

Philippine Paintings
Philippine Paintings

“We welcome the distinguished Russian artists to the Philippines and we wish them an enjoyable and pleasant stay in our beautiful country,” says Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez. Continue Reading

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Miss Universe 2011 delegate Shamcey Supsup as tourism ambassador?

The Department of Tourism’s recently approved budget of P1.7 billion for this year until 2012 is not enough to support all of its projects and campaigns but the department will judiciously make do with what it has to fulfill its role.

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Miss Universe 2011 Philippine Delegate Shamcey Supsup

For instance, Assistant Secretary for international tourism promotion Benito C. Bengzon Jr. on Monday said that his office was alloted only P466 million for several plans and programs for international market promotion, which is definitely not enough. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism pledges P1M for Philippine Travel Mart 2011

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is giving all out support to the promotion domestic tourism through the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) in September, organized by Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA).

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Amorita Resort in Bohol

“Our partnership with PHILTOA has been very fruitful over the years especially in relation to our joint staging of the annual PTM. Exhibitors reported generating over P18.5 million pesos in on-site sales alone last year, which tells us that our public is eager to travel within the country,” said Secretary Alberto A. Lim. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism taps Korean market via trade fairs, joint promos

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will continue to build on the industry-leading Korean tourist market with its participation in the 14th Busan International Travel Fair (BITF) on 02-05 September, as well as other joint promotional activities.

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Amorita Resort in Panglao Island Bohol

“As our best performer, the Korean outbound market remains one of our focal points for the year. New direct and charter air services have been crucial in maintaining the upward trend, as have been our fruitful efforts in trade fairs where we have received much positive feedback. This year’s BITF will allow us to cement our status further as a preferred destination for Koreans,” said Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim. Continue Reading

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China Travel Industry Hails the Philippines as “Best Honeymoon Destination of the Year”

The Philippines was hailed the “Honeymoon Destination of the Year” in the 2011 China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards, affirming the confidence of Chinese industry executives in the Philippines as a destination for Chinese tourists, according to the Philippine Embassy in Beijing.

Coron Palawan - A Honeymoon Destination
Coron Palawan – A Honeymoon Destination

The Philippines bested Bali and Thailand in a voting process that garnered 4.2 million votes by members of the industry during almost two months of voting period in July and August 2010. A panel of judges initially chose the destinations per category and asked members of the industry to vote online. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism stages Philippine Travel Exchange 2011

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will host the 11th Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX 2011) on August 30 to September 02, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center.

Philippine Travel Exchange 2011
Philippine Travel Exchange 2011

“As one of the flagship projects of the Department for 11 years now, the Philippine Travel Exchange is a testament to the Philippines’ continued success in communicating to the world of the country’s tourism prowess,” says DOT Secretary Alberto Lim. Continue Reading

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“Lifestyle Philippines” to star in Europe travel fairs

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will banner leisure tourism as it seeks more inroads into the European outbound tourism market at the Otdykh Leisure 2011 and International French Travel Market (IFTM) TopResa 2011 fairs in September.

Club Paradise in Coron Palawan
Club Paradise in Coron Palawan

“European vacationers are most interested in sun, sea and leisure. The theme for our participation in both events, “Lifestyle Philippines”, therefore aims to position the Philippines as the perfect place to enjoy all of these,” Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim remarked. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism and Mini Stop promo in Japan

The Department of Tourism (DOT) office in Tokyo and Mini Stop, a major convenience store chain in Japan, recently launched “Hello Summer Campaign 2011” aimed at promoting travel to the Philippines during the summer months in the said country.

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Boracay Philippines

The campaign includes promos called “Answer the Quiz and Win!” and “Eat Halo Halo and Tropical Sweets and Win!” which were run on 19 July and to end on 01 August 2011. A three-night-four-day trip to Cebu will be won by five lucky couples for the first promo while 300 halo-halo original roller bags and 100 Kyobashi Senbikiya fruit sets will be for the winners of the second contest. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Puerto Princesa Underground River as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the forefront in campaigning for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN).

Palawan Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River

In the next months, the DOT will conduct familiarization trips for the media and produce an episode in a produce an episode in a travel program in TV, to encourage media friends and countrymen to spread the word about the campaign and the natural wonder of the PPUR. It is hoped that through various advertisements, forum and voting stations, the PPUR’s bid to be in the N7WN will be strengthened. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism shortlists bidders in the design of the Philippine Country Brand

The Department of Tourism’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) announced this morning the seven (7) top bidders who successfully met the strict criteria for the formulation of a Philippine country brand. A total of 26 companies heeded the government’s call for the submission of brand design bids to the DOT SBAC.

Philippine Tourism Branding
Philippine Tourism Branding

The eligible bidders will be given two months to prepare their campaigns for pitching to the DOT’s SBAC. After the selection of a final winning agency, that agency has two months to finalize its work and to deliver the final package composed of a branding manual, audiovisual presentation, and print and TV ad designs before end-November. Continue Reading

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