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Local Tourists Comprise 75% Of Arrivals In Dumaguete

About 70 to 75 percent of the total tourist arrivals in Dumaguete City are local visitors and mostly Filipinos. City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio on Monday said it has been a trend since around 2014 that local tourists are far greater in number than foreigners, based on reports from hotels and resorts in this capital city. “We ask them about...

Visiting Mecca Now More Affordable: Palace

Malacañang on Wednesday urged Muslim Filipinos to avail of the improved services being offered by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) noting that the agency is providing them with 'more affordable' options to visit the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the NCMF, which is under the Office...

PH Posts 7.1-M Record-Breaking Tourist Arrivals: DOT

The Philippines has set a record-breaking 7.1 million international tourist arrivals in 2018, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Thursday. Data from the DOT showed that at least 7,127,168 foreign tourists visited the country, the "highest ever number" in the Philippines' tourism industry, surpassing the 6,620,908 arrivals in 2017 by 7.68 percent. “This is a time that celebrates the 7.1 million...

SKY Ushers In Summer At 26th Travel Tour Expo

SKY is ushering in summer this early as it partners with the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) to bring the 26th Travel Tour Expo on February 8 to 10, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Attractive travel deals, promos, and special tour packages promise to be aplenty as close to 400 exhibitors and...

Japanese Tourists To Visit Iloilo Destinations

Japanese visitors on board the cruise ship, MV Pacific Venus of Japan, will not just get awed by presentations during the Dinagyang Festival but will also get a chance to tour various destinations in the city and the province of Iloilo. City Tourism Operations Officer Florence King H. Erlano, in an interview Wednesday, said the cruise ship, carrying some 750...

Japan Starts Implementing Departure Tax To Promote Tourism

To welcome more tourists, improve tourism base, and upgrade immigration system, Japan has started collecting departure tax of ¥1000 or PhP 485 to 490 last January 7, 2019. Moreover, for a faster and more efficient immigration processes, the Japanese government plans to use the revenue to install facial recognition gates at terminals. Also, it will be used to innovate public...

DOT, DOTr To Develop 85 Airports In PH For Tourism Growth

The Department of Tourism (DOT) partnered on Monday with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to develop at least 85 airports across the country to promote tourism growth. “We are talking about developing our airports so that we have more capacity to receive flights from other destinations and accommodate more tourists to the country,” DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. said in...

Product Rating Website Picks PAL As ‘Most Improved Airline’

Safety and product rating website airlineratings.com named the Philippine Airlines (PAL) as the "Most Improved Airline for 2019". On the website, airlineratings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said the move to expand its global footprint using new generation fuel-efficient aircraft equipped with the latest cabins makes PAL a worthy winner of this award category. Last July, PAL rolled out its brand-new Airbus A350...

Conde Nast Hails Siargao, Boracay And Palawan As Best Asian Islands

Internationally acclaimed magazine Condé Nast Traveller listed the islands of Siargao, Boracay, and Palawan among some of the best destinations on earth in their annual list of 'Best Islands in The World.' Our beloved beaches took the top three spots in the whole of Asia, with Langkawi, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia following closely behind. The list was ranked by...

Sawasdee Ka! Mastercard Lets You Travel To The Best Destinations With Thai Airways

“Oh darling, let’s be adventurers!” And so, we should. Traveling has become a major part of Filipinos’ lives as an exciting and insightful exploration, and a way to break down routines or break away from the monotony that usually occupies our every day. Mastercard differentiates simply traveling from traveling well with one-of-a-kind experiences and great offers, as well as...

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