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Department of Tourism will again use ‘Wow Philippines’ slogan

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) here is glad that the old “Wow! Philippines” tourism slogan will again be used after the uproar on the scrapped “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan recently.

Department of Tourism regional executive director Edwin Trompeta said that most tourists find the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan too awkward, while travel agents and companies are finding it hard to sell to foreigners.

Trompeta, however, said that the sudden change in the tourism branding and slogan has sparked enthusiasm among stakeholders, tourist and public. He said that the clamor on changing the slogans of DOT only showed that the public was aware of the tourism industry as well as its contribution to economy.

Trompeta hoped that the public’s enthusiasm would continue while the DoT finds more ways, including new slogans, to sell the country to tourist and investors. He also said that tourism had been a factor in generating employment and entertainment.

The Wow Philippines slogan was formed by then tourism secretary and former Sen. Richard Gordon, some six years ago.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said over a radio interview on Friday that the tourism department would currently go back to the “Wow! Philippines” slogan while they are yet to make a new tourism branding.

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Amazing Race 2011 Asia flies to Legazpi City

The Amazing Race Asia’s upcoming Philippines episode this This Thursday, Oct. 21, on AXN promises lots of unexpected surprises and it does not disappoint as the race travels to Legazpi City, the capital of Albay province.


Mount Mayon in Bicol

This episode promises wacky moments that will have viewers in stitches, as motor mouths and madcaps personalities dominate the race. Continue Reading

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1st Siargao Island Surfing Festival

A grand surfing festival, dubbed as 1st Siargao Island Surfing Festival, will be held in one setting for local, national and international from September 21 to October 1.


Siargao Island Surfing Festival

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said that among the surfing sporting event that will be held at the annual festival are the National Surfing Competitions and 16th International Surfing Cup and other foreign surfing competitions held at the country’s surfing capital, Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island.

Series of activities are lined-up for the two-week yearly festival like various sports events, cultural and talent shows and tourism/trade fairs, Surigao del Norte provincial tourism officer Ivonnie Dumadag said.

Among the special guests who signified their intention to attend the first surfing festival were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim, and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Dumadag said.

Dumadag said the festival will have a grand launch tomorrow (August 5) at Paseo Cabuntog, General Luna town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

“At the grand launching, we will explain to media and invited guests why the festival was conceptualized and what are other activities at the festival to attract local and foreign tourists as we expect this year’s surfing festival will be big bang to our local tourism industry”, Dumadag said.

Governor Matugas, for her part, said re-invigorating Surigao del Norte tourism industry is one of the priority development agenda of her administration.

“We have huge potentials in tourism and we already created an international niche in the industry as we aimed more because we have not fully showcased the best of the best in Surigao tourism,” the governor said.

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21st Philippine Travel Mart : Rediscover the Wonders of the Philippines

This year, everyone has the chance to experience the best travel destinations in the Philippines.

The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), the largest association of registered inbound and domestic tour operators together with the Department of Tourism, invites everyone to attend the much-awaited 21st Philippine Travel Mart 2010 (PTM). This event will be held on September 3-5, 2010 at Megatrade Hall in Megamall, Ortigas.

philippine travel mart
2010 Philippine Travel Mart

Different tour operators, regions and provinces and various tourism sectors will be present to offer tour packages that cater to the travel needs of different organizations. These packages include some of the most must-visit places in the country, giving travel enthusiasts something to smile about. In addition to that, this lively and engaging event will have seminars and cultural performances showcasing the splendor of the Filipino culture. Continue Reading

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Philippines gains in 2010 International Tourism Bourse in Berlin

The Philippines’ participation in the 2010 International Tourism Bourse (ITB) held recently at the 160,000-square-meter Messe Berlin Exhibition Grounds in Germany brought to the spotlight the country’s rich and colorful culture.


El Nido Palawan Philippines

One of the world’s leading trade shows, the 44th ITB Berlin had over 110,000 trade visitors and over 11,000 travel stakeholders from 187 countries.

The event opened with a grand performance by the partner country, Turkey, of the Fire of Anatolia, a popular Turkish dance group which presented SUN, a colorful show which brought the Western and Eastern cultures together. Continue Reading

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EU ban on Philippine carriers triggers tour cancellations

The Department of Tourism (DOT) urged the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines (CAAP) to work out a speedy resolution to the European Union’s (EU) ban on Philippine carriers which has already triggered an alarming number of tour cancellations from Europe.


Philippine Carriers banned in EU

The EU included the Philippines in its 13th updated list of countries with carriers banned from EU airspace, as a precautionary decision based on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (USFAA) downgrading of the country’s safety rating to Category 2 and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) concerns on aviation safety regulators.

“Major European travel operators from Germany, UK and France have regretfully informed us their booking cancellations. The entire industry is affected as European arrivals account for a significant percentage of our target in the first quarter. In January 2010, air arrivals from European countries already posted an 11% growth,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism. Continue Reading

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Carrion takes her oath as first COO of Tourism Promotions Board; tourism industry hails and welcomes the election

The entire tourism industry has rallied behind the election of Department of Tourism Undersecretary Cynthia Carrion as the first COO of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).


Board members of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) representing the different public and private sectors show support in the Oath-Taking Ceremony of TPB Chief Operations Officer Cynthia Carrion (6th from left), officiated by Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano. Shown are (from left to right): Dexter Deyto, Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS); Cesar Cruz, Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA); Jaime Bautista, Philippine Airlines; Celine Clemente, Asian Gem and Tourism Foundation; Daniel Corpuz, Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC); Thelma Dumpit Murillo, Department of Trade and Industry; Rose Libongco, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association; and Eric Tamayo, representative of Undersecretary Edsel Custodio, Department of Foreign Affairs. TPB Board Members not in the photo are: Undersecretary Edward Harun Pagunsan, Department of Transportation and Communications; and Mark Lapid, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Usec. Carrion took her oath of office in a well-attended ceremony before DOT Secretary Ace Durano last April 6, 2010. The multi-sectoral support for Carrion underscores her remarkable accomplishments and qualifications in promoting the Philippines as a tourism destination. Continue Reading

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Mayon Volcano image will be printed soon in the new Peso Bills

Albay Governor Joey Salceda was elated and thankful to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. for putting the image of Mayon Volcano in the new peso bills that will soon be circulated.


Mayon Volcano

He asked the provincial legislative body to pass a resolution to articulate the gratitude of the people of Albay.

“Aside from being the parochial pride of Albayanos, the inclusion of Mayon, the country’s most iconic natural endowment in the new currency will go a long way in promoting Albay tourism without having to see Mayon erupt to attract tourists,” Salceda said. Continue Reading

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Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan

As the existing roadmap for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism sector expires this year, ASEAN tourism leaders convene anew to formulate new tourism strategies and program for the next few years.


Wow Philippines

The Philippines, responsible for the coordination of the overall ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), is at the forefront of the development of this medium-term tourism plan, targeted for completion by end November of this year. An interim draft of which has been presented for discussion at the recently held ASEAN Tourism Forum attended by the Philippines early this year at BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition Center) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Continue Reading

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International Passengers traffic up 2.3% in 2009 according to Civil Aeronautics Board

The number of international passengers rose 2.3 percent to 12.323 million last year from 12.04 million in 2008 despite the global economic crunch, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

Data from CAB showed that of the total, incoming passengers were up by 4.7 percent to 6.07 million while outgoing passengers increased by 1 percent to 6.25 million.


Fly Seair

The airline regulator said of the 43 airline carriers with authority to operate in the country, only 33 airlines operated during the period. Continue Reading

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