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3 Star Cruises luxury liners to visit Boracay this October 2013

Since the visit of high-prolife cruise ships in Boracay Island last year, three more luxury liners are to visit the island resort during the latter part of this year.

MS Super Star Aquarius
MS Super Star Aquarius

Caticlan jetty port administrator Nieven Maquirang said the MS Super Star Gemini will arrive on Oct 17 followed by another cruise ship MS Super Star Aquarius, both under the international cruise line Star Cruises.

Maquirang said both ships have more than 1,500 aboard with a complement of more than 1,000 crew members. Continue Reading

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Rent and Crash: How to Handle a Hired Car Accident

Accidents are no fun no matter what vehicle you’re in. But they can become extra tricky if you find yourself involved in a mishap in a car that’s not yours. While the major facets of dealing with an accident are the same no matter what automobile you’re operating, there are some extra steps you need to take if you’re in a hired one.

Car Rental AccidentsThe first and most important steps to take if you’re involved in an accident are the same no matter what car you’re in. If you’re in an accident, your priority is to make sure you and the other passengers are safe and not in immediate danger. Then the next move is to call the police to report that accident. While other moves might cross your mind, calling the authorities is always the right play. Check out Drivenows campervan hire page for more information on your next vacation

After that, if you were in your own car, you would be on the phone to contact your insurance company and finding out how to go about getting your car fixed. But if you’re in a rental car, you’ll want to contact the rental car company and see what the next step is on their end. Each company will have its own policies as far as what is required to report an accident. Continue Reading

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International travel guide recognizes Boracay as top destination

Boracay has, for the third year running, topped the list of TripAdvisor.com’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 – Best Beaches in Asia 2013, according to the Dept. of Tourism Wednesday.

Boracay Beach ResortsTripAdvisor, one of the world’s popular online travel guides, conducts regular polls of favorite vacation places and properties through its Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Known for its white sand beach, Boracay was described as “a stunningly beautiful white powder sand beach [with] crystal clear, warm water that you can laze on for days on end.”

The Secret Lagoon of El Nido, Palawan also made it to the list of 25 great beaches in Asia at number 9 as well as Boracay’s Yapak Beach at number 10.

Secret Lagoon Beach was tagged for its “wonderful view”, while Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) was acclaimed for its “big waves.”

Previously coming in as second in the 2012 Best Beaches in the World Awards, Boracay has consistently made it to the poll results of the travel website.

In 2012, Boracay was also cited by Travel + Leisure Magazine in its World’s Best Awards as the Best Island Destination and one of the Top 10 Best Beach Party Destinations by Cheapflights.com.

Boracay’s protection and preservation is a main concern being addressed by both national and local authorities and stakeholders.

“In order for us to continue reaping the benefits of development and great publicity, we ought to seriously address the environment challenges,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said.

“We call on all stakeholders to come as one in preserving our country’s jewels,” he added.

The Philippines also recently made it to the Lonely Planet Traveller’s Choice 2013 and rated as one of the Top 10 popular destinations to go to for meeting locals (ranked 6th) and value for money (ranked 8th). Continue Reading

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Visit the hidden paradise of Cebu

Cebu Island, together with 167 surrounding islands is an important and well-developed province in the Philippines. About 140 miles long and very narrow, there are fabulous beaches along the coastline, while the interior features rugged mountainous terrain to the north and south, the highest of which stretch more than a half mile into the sky and flat plains in the northern region near the city of Bogo.

Sumilon Island in Cebu
Sumilon Island in Cebu

The provincial capital is the oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu City; it is accessible to visitors via the busy Mactan Cebu International Airport, the second busiest airport in the Philippines. Continue Reading

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Kawasan Falls in Cebu : one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world

The now famous one –liner catch phrase: “It’s more fun in the Philippines” continued to score in the tourism world as Yahoo Travel tagged the Enchanted Kawasan Falls in Cebu as one of the world’s ten most beautiful waterfalls.

Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls (photo courtesy of www.kawasanfalls.net)

Yahoo described the three Enchanted Kawasan Falls as “surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and hidden between the mountainous peaks of Barangay Matutinao and Badian” on the island of Cebu, a good 55-minute by plane from Manila. Continue Reading

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Iloilo’s rich history a come-on for tourists

The rich socioeconomic history of Iloilo will surely entice more local and international tourists to visit this part of the country, according to a professional tour guide here.

San Jose Catholic School
San Jose Catholic School

“You have not been to Iloilo if you have not visited Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, ancestral houses and our food and delicacies,” Mario A. Lazarito of the Iloilo Tour Guides Cooperative 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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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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