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Philippines tourism

Despite Boracay’s 6 months closure, the Philippines Department of Tourism has reported that 2018 closed with a 7.68% increase in tourist arrivals. The 6 months long closure of tropical paradise Boracay, from May to October, seems to have little affect on the overall growth of the country’s tourism. Boracay was closed down last year for a ‘makeover’, mainly to tackle pollution after the Duterte described the island as a “cesspool.”

Skyway Stage 3

A part of Skyway Stage 3 was partly launched on Monday, July 22 from Buendia in Makati City to Paco in Manila. The section of Buendia-Paco is 3.7 kilometers away, with the exit via the Plaza Dilao Ramp. One northbound lane and one southbound lane were opened out of a total of 6 lanes. Secretary for Public Works and Highways Mark Villar said this would ease traffic congestion in Buendia.

beach

In an attempt to attract more visitors to this island province, the provincial government initiated an annual dive festival that will last until August 31, 2019. The dive festival is component of the viable tourism drive of the Local Government Unit through its four main topics: volcano tourism, heritage tourism, farm and ecotourism, and dive tourism. Camigun has around 30 dive sites scattered throughout the island’s provincial waters. This small

fish in sea

CAMIGUIN, Northern Mindanao — On attracting the growing dive tourism market, the first-ever dive festival in the south has been started in Camiguin, the northern tip of Mindanao, signifying the province and the region’s readiness to accommodate divers. Bo Mancao, a Cebu-based international dive photographer, noted “a couple more years” and the volcanic island could position itself as a “top diving destination in Asia.” Mancao added on the sidelines of

Taiwan

Taiwan is looking at attracting thousands of Filipino tourists to the Taiwanese capital as it launched the “Undiscovered Taipei” tourism campaign in Manila last Friday. Director Jerry Chuang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila noted a “very dramatic increase” in Filipino tourists to Taiwan, who reached around 419,000 in 2018. Chuang told reporters in Makati City during the launch, “Filipino tourists have become popular tourists in

Ilocos Norte

A 77-year-old tourism ambassador Ana Magbual of Alogoog village in Badoc, Ilocos Norte said Friday an average of around thousand pilgrims visit the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist in a day as compared before when barely a hundred local churchgoers hear mass at the Badoc church. This is where a lowly-church located at the heart of Badoc town continues to attract pilgrims all over the world a year

agriculture

Now among the world’s top agri-tourism destinations after the Agri sector’s campaign for more revenue streams for farmers, according to a research group. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for graduate Study & Research in Agriculture (Searca) in a statement said the country was now side by side with other agro-tourism sites all over the world which includes Taiwan, Hawaii, Tuscany, Mallorca, California and Brazil. During the Global Farm Tourism Summit

PH goal to find a ‘sweet spot’ for it is cruise tourism

The Philippines is proving to be an up and then coming tourist destination for cruise ships but it aims to try to find the balance between revenue and then headcount. Thanks to its archipelagic geography and diverse culture in every region, the Philippines offer a great stopover for passengers. According to Benito Bengzon of Department of Tourism, “As in the case of general tourism in the country, what we want

Netizens enroll new It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign

“It’s a 100-percent crowd-sourced campaign constructed entirely by the people who may have experienced first hand why it’s more fun in the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said as she led the start last Monday of a new “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” ad, which only uses real images, footage and reviews shared online by tourists, telling stories that are classed as absolutely authentic. The renewed crowd-sourced “It’s More

Team Guam has won award at Philippines travel show

Guam’s CHamoru culture was highly featured and then recognized with the best performance award at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association The trip Tour Expo , held at the Mall of Asia SMX Convention Center Feb . 8-10 . The three-day expo attracted about 120 ,000 event-goers , travelling agents and then travelers , according to a news broadcast release from the Guam Visitors Bureau , which led a group