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Potipot Island, becoming an alternative beach destination

Well within the heart of Central Luzon, Potipot Island, which is just a few minutes boat ride away from Candelaria town, Zambales, is fast becoming the next alternative beach resort for people who want to get out of Metro Manila’s fast pace lifestyle and traffic jam.

Potipot Island in Zambales (photo courtesy of ple101_98 Flickr)
Potipot Island in Zambales (photo courtesy of ple101_98 Flickr)

Well known among the locals for its white sand and clear waters ideal for snorkeling and diving, Potipot Island is just a kilometer away from Uacon, Candelaria and very accessible by “banca” (motorboat) for local and foreign tourists. Continue reading Potipot Island, becoming an alternative beach destination

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.

Hotel Le Duc: A new Hotel in Dagupan City

Dagupan CityA new world-class hotel recently opened in Dagupan City to attract more local and foreign tourists who visits this side of the Northern Philippines.

The 30-room hotel is part of the Lyceum-Northwestern University Complex owned by the Duque family and will also become the university’s laboratory for its students taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM).

The city of Dagupan, which will soon celebrate its Bangus Festival from April 1 to May 1, 2014. Hotel Le Duc is now developing into a convention center but it does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate all the participants. (Source PNA)

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 Philippines receives support from international tourism bodies

Stay and Play this Summer at the Coolest Hotels on Ibiza

Anyone who’s anyone is heading to Ibiza this summer for a week or two of wild clubbing that’s sure to be the highlight of the year, but to make sure you’re at the heart of all the action, you’ll need to snap up your hotel sharpish! These ultra-cool Ibiza hotels will put all of the fun on your doorstep, plus you’ll have somewhere chic to rest your weary head after a long night of dancing.

Cocktail Mojito in Ibiza
Cocktail Mojito in Ibiza

Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Playa d’en Bossa
Staying at the Ushuaia Beach Hotel is the closest you can get on Ibiza to staying at a club itself. This painfully stylish, floral-adorned hotel, just a stone’s throw from the water at Playa d’en Bossa plays host to international DJ’s throughout the summer season, that play beside the pool as guests dance the night (or day) away on the decking. Continue reading Stay and Play this Summer at the Coolest Hotels on Ibiza

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 The Philippine Department of Tourism implements New National Accommodation Standards

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 3 Star Cruises luxury liners to visit Boracay this October 2013

Top travel photography tips for frequent travelers

Every place has its own uniqueness and ethereal value with respect to its geographical and historical presence. They have their own character, look, ambiance, beauty etc. If we wish to have our photographs of the travel to be marvellous and everlasting, then they should be captured with perfect quality.

travel photographyThe only aspect is that the user should be aware of the nitty-gritties of their cameras, which will let them click great pictures seamlessly and cherish them for longer period of time. There are few remarkable digital cameras which shoot high quality pictures of the nature or faces around.

It’s highly unlikely that each and every event which occurred in your life could be remembered in the same sequence as it occurred. To capture the most memorable events which occurred in your life, you can always rely on the wonderful snaps which you were able to capture when they occurred. Photographs should be able to trigger the wonderful and marvellous memories, communicate the feelings you felt with others etc. For doing this, we need to have a thought process in place and plan the different aspects of a complete photograph. Continue reading Top travel photography tips for frequent travelers

Camarines Sur reshapes Bicol tourism

Time was when Bicol had nothing to offer in terms of tourism but Mt. Mayon, the majestic Albay icon known as the “World’s Most Perfect Cone”.

Gota Beach
Gota Beach

Today, a great number of destinations had been developed and emerging as global tourist magnets, among them the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC), a unique man-made watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. Continue reading Camarines Sur reshapes Bicol tourism

The UK’s Best Entertainment Hotspots

It may be a small island but the UK has a wealth of rolling countryside, expansive history and amazing entertainment hotspots. With the summer season approaching, many of the tourist guides are focussed on the larger entertainment complexes like Alton Towers, but there are numerous small hidden gems nestled across the country; so here are our top picks for this year and many summers to come!

Casino in UKA Flavour of Las Vegas at Grosvenor Casinos

The UK has many small casinos, but Grosvenor casinos are one group of British establishments that stand out from the rest. Of course, they have a wealth of traditional games, awesome slots and nail biting poker matches; but they also offer so much more entertainment that they are up there with the casinos of Sin City. There are many Grosvenors dotted around the country and they each offer their own, diverse range of specialised evenings and casino packages that can be used during your entire holiday. As an example, last year in the City of Manchester, Grosvenor sported a chilli contest – how much chilli can you eat; covered in the local media, this was a great way  to integrate the casino with the community. Wherever you decide to stay this year, make sure you take a trip to you local Grosvenor casino for some fast paced blackjack, amazing food and incredible atmosphere. Continue reading The UK’s Best Entertainment Hotspots

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