Jetstar boost flight to the Philippines

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

SINGAPORE, 7 December 2017: Jetstar Asia has launched  direct services from Singapore to Clark International Airport, in the Philippines, late last week.

The new  service uses an Airbus A320 with departures from Singapore Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with a flight time of three hours and 40 minutes.

The augural flight took place 28 November. Read more

A slow stretched out launch in Boracay

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Hospitality, Philippines, Travel Logs

MANILA, 6 December 2017:  Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts claims it is setting new hospitality standards in Boracay, the Philippines, with the “launch of a new resort located on one of the tropical island’s most beautiful unspoiled beaches.”

But a check of TripAdvisor reviews indicates the Mövenpick flag, fluttering in the breeze, was welcoming guests to this hotel in October 2016.

That begs the question; how do hotel groups define ‘launch’ and ‘new’ these days? Read more

Filipinos prefer remote spots

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines, trends

MANILA, 10 November 201:  While the majority of travellers head for the same tried and tested locations, and getting away means sharing a hotspot with thousands of other tourists, there is a growing trend for Filipino travellers to get off the beaten track when travelling in their own country.

A recent Agoda Travel and Tech Study found that 74% of Filipinos like to travel to lesser-known destinations.

Agoda’s global director for brand and communications, Andrew Edwards, explains: “Getting away doesn’t mean giving up great experiences when it comes to Southeast Asia. The region is dotted with many remote and luxurious locations for travellers, who don’t want to compromise on the good things in life, but still want a unique holiday.” Read more

Cebu Pacific flies a seat sale

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Philippines, Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 18 October 2017: To mark this year’s celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Cebu Pacific Air launched a five-day seat sale that closes midnight 20 October.

The sale offers all-inclusive fares from Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam to four cities in the Philippines*: Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete and Manila, from as low as USD40.

Travel will be valid 1 January to 31 March 2018, which covers the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. Read more

Filipinos love to travel close to home

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines, TRENDING

MANILA, 12 October, 2017: Travel statistics have hinted at it for years – Filipinos are not prolific leisure travellers. Now the latest’s research suggests they much prefer to explore their own country than travel overseas.

It’s the wealth of scenic getaways in the home country that grabs the attention of Filipino vacationers, according to Agoda’s Travel and Tech Study, based on the site’s booking data.

In contrast, Filipinos travel the world to work in various industries including hospitality and the cruise industy, but when they are planning holidays nothing quite beats the lure of their homeland. Read more

Lifts ease transfer for disabled passengers

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: Cebu Pacific is rolling out Disabled Passenger Lifts (DPLs) in key airports in the Philippines.

The DPLs will allow persons with reduced mobility a more comfortable boarding experience on Cebu Pacific flights.

Cebu Pacific is the first airline in the Philippines to invest in DPLs that are offered to passengers with reduced mobility free of charge. Read more

AirAsia launches Manila-HCMC service

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines, Vietnam

MANILA, 5 October 2017: Philippines AirAsia will start a new service from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam this November.

The airline has already opened booking for the new service due to get underway 7 November with a VIP loaded inaugural flight.

Using an Airbus A320 aircraft the airline will fly the route three times weekly. Read more

Dream’s reality in the Philippines

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Philippines

BANGKOK, 4 October 2017:  Dream Hotel Group signed a management contract for its first hotel in the Philippines, last week.

The 220-key Dream Hotel is located on one of Carabao Island’s beaches, just three miles north of Boracay and eight miles from the international airport. It is being developed by SkyCity Inc.

Recently rated third best island destination in the world by Condé Nast Traveller magazine, Borocay welcomes 3 million visitors annually mainly from Europe and North Asia. Read more

PAL in a pickle over unpaid fees

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

MANILA, 2 October 2017: The Philippine government has threatened its flag carrier with legal action over unpaid fees and ordered it to pay millions in back charges, as President Rodrigo Duterte said he could cut off its access to Manila’s main airport.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) owes 7.3 billion pesos (USD142 million) in landing, navigational and other fees, according to the government, which says some of the charges date back years.

Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters Thursday that the transport ministry had issued the airline with a final demand for full payment, and was prepared to take legal action in order to “protect the interest of the government”. Read more

Cebu Pacific includes tax in fares

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

SINGAPORE, 29 September 2017: The Philippines’ low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific, is now including the cost of the Domestic Passenger Service Charge (DPSC) in all ticket quotes.

Commonly known as the “Terminal Fee” the inclusion is for domestic flights operating out of airports managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

It became effective across the airline’s booking system for domestic flight sectors, 15 September. CAAP was the last airports operator to allow airlines to collect the tax. Previously, passengers had to queue at tax counters to pay the fee prior to boarding. Read more

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