UK GROWS AS TOP SOURCE MARKET IN EUROPE TO THE PHILIPPINES!

 

Tropical beach, Boracay Island, Philippines

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

Philippine News Agency

 

MANILA– Despite the closure of Boracay Island in April, the January to May 2018 international tourist arrivals still posted a 10.24 percent increase compared to last year’s, the Department of Tourism (DOT) bared on Thursday.

The first five months of the year recorded 3.17 million foreign visitors to the Philippines, with South Korea still as the top market for its 708,548 tourists share.

DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon said the January to May statistics may have been driven by the “very strong performance” coming from China.

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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES TO UPGRADE MANILA-LONDON ROUTE

A350-900-Philippines-Airlines Aircraft

By Alex McWhirter

Business Traveller

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be upgrading its flagship route between Manila and London it was revealed last 3rd of July 2018 by Airline Route.

From October 28 PAL will be deploying its new A350-900. It will replace the B777-300ER, which PAL currently operates for the non-stop service to London.

Not only is the A350 recognised by our readers as a quieter aircraft aloft(compared with the B777-300ER) it features the latest amenities and seating.

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DOT PROMOTES AGRITOURISM AT THE 8TH PHILIPPINE HARVEST

Philippine Harvest 14 -17th June 2018 at Central Square Mall, Bonifacio High Street

By: Asian Dragon

Already on its 8th edition, the Philippine Harvest at Central Square has once again celebrated and promoted the richness of Philippine agriculture, now, as a platform to boost farm tourism around the archipelago. Dubbed “Philippine Harvest: Celebration of Philippine Food Destinations,” the four-day food fair organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT), in partnership with the SSI (Stores Specialists, Inc.) Group and Central Square, highlighted culinary destinations like Bicol, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Davao last June 14-17, 2018 at Central Square Mall, Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC.

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MACTAN-CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INAUGURATES NEW INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL

By: MCIA (Mactan-Cebu International Airport)

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu – Representatives of government and the private sector, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, gathered today for the Inauguration of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 (T2). The ceremony was held in the Departures area of the new 65,000 sq. m. terminal. President Rodrigo Duterte was Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker of the event. MCIA is one of the flagship projects under the administration’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program, and the first airport project to be inaugurated under President Duterte’s term..

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CRUISE SHIP ARRIVALS SEEN BRINGING 329,000 VISITORS THIS YEAR

By: Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo

Business Mirror

 

CRUISE arrivals in the Philippines have been unaffected by the six-month closure of Boracay Island, a major day-tour destination for passengers.
In an interview with the BusinessMirror, Department of Tourism Spokesman and Undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning Benito C. Bengzon Jr. said, “For 2018, we expect 190 cruise calls and 329,000 passengers. The growth has been quite phenomenal.”
In 2017 total cruise calls in the Philippines reached 140, with passengers at 195,751. This exceeded that year’s projection of 105 port calls with 117,000 passengers, by 63 percent. He said with Boracay closed until October 26, 2018, visiting cruise ships have been docking at Manila, Subic and Puerto Princesa.

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SHOPPING IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES, SAYS TOURISTS

Shops at the Uptown Mall in Taguig’s Bonifacio Global City

By: Ma.Stella F. Arnaldo

Business Mirror

RETAILERS, rejoice!

Shopping tops the list of tourist activities in the Philippines, a survey of foreign visitors last year by the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed.

The Visitor Sample Survey, a copy of which was obtained by the BusinessMirror, polled some 15,000 respondents from the top 12 tourist source markets of the country from January to December 2017. They were asked the question: “What other activities did you actually do aside from the main purpose?”

These tourist markets are South Korea, People’s Republic of China, the United States, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and India.

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