MANILA, 24 March 2017: The Philippines tourism secretary urged the media, Wednesday, to “tone down” cover of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.
On a trip to Thailand accompanying Duterte, Tourism Secretary, Wanda Teo, insisted the Philippines was a safe destination, but said journalists were making the country a hard sell because of their focus on the killings.
“Help us because you know, it’s really difficult for me to sell the Philippines, especially when extrajudicial killings becomes the topic,” Teo told Filipino reporters following the Duterte entourage. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Thai Smile has put on hold its planned introduction of a daily service to Cebu in the Philippines.
According to the airline’s latest flight updates, the airline was scheduled to start the service 1 May.
Details showed the service had a TG flight four digit designator, TG 2626, on the Bangkok-Cebu run, which indicated the service would have been a codeshare with parent airline Thai Airways International. Read more
CEBU, 6 February 2017: Philippines Department of Tourism is encouraging tourism players to study competitive products and join “familiarisation exchanges” after PAL introduced new domestic services.
The department’s office that covers central Visayas, central Luzon said the fam trip project would help the industry promote itself better in the market and be more creative.
“You can’t sell what you don’t know,” regional director Catalino Butch Chan III of the Department of Tourism in Central Visayas (DoT-7) said claiming the “familiarisation exchanges” between Central Visayas and Central Luzon tourism stakeholders would boost tourism. Read more
MANILA, 30 January 2017: Eighty-six of the world’s most beautiful women will be vying for the Miss Universe crown Monday as the Philippines — last year’s winner — stages the beauty contest in a bid to boost tourism and investment.
Last year’s host, Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey — who shot to notoriety for initially announcing the wrong winner — returns for this year’s three-hour pageant that starts at 0800 (0000 GMT) in Manila.
Latin American beauties led by Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar and Miss Peru’s Valeria Piazza were the odds-on favourites for the crown according to online betting sites. Read more
MANILA, 13 January 2017: Philippine Airlines plans new domestic routes to be introduced during the summer timetable April to October.
The three additional domestic routes, include services that will be operated under the PAL Express brand according to Routesonline.
Two of the new services will boost the airline’s network served out of its Cebu base. Read more
MANILA, 30 December 2016: Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada, who is opening a new USD2.4 billion casino resort in Manila, said Wednesday he hoped to make the Philippines “the next Hawaii” as he looks to expand his business there.
In addition to Manila, Okada said he was also exploring the possibility of operating resorts on the Philippine islands of Palawan and Boracay, both major tourist attractions, in a bid to tap the lucrative Chinese market.
“I would like to make the Philippines the next Hawaii, given that there are a lot of great beaches here,” he told ABS-CBN television in an interview aired late Wednesday. Read more
BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: US President Elect, Donald Trump, has properties under development in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) that could ultimately become terror targets.
A report by Bloomberg identifies the worldwide terror risk to buildings branded Trump, once the President Elect takes office in January 2017.
In Indonesia, Trump has licensed his name to MNC Group to build a resort in Bali and another in Lido, 65 km south of Jakarta, already a popular up-scale golf resort Read more
MANILA, 30 November 2016: More than 1,300 Chinese citizens have been arrested in the Philippines for working illegally at an unlicensed online gaming business, the immigration bureau said Tuesday.
China has expressed concern over the raid at a casino-hotel complex in the northern Philippines and said Manila must guarantee “humanitarian treatment” of those being held.
Some 1,318 people were detained during the raid, 24 November, in Angeles city, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP. Read more
SINGAPORE, 16 November 2016: Philippines’ low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific Air, accepted delivery of another ATR 72-600 aircraft last week.
The delivery is the second of the USD673-million order for 16 aircraft that was placed at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
The ATR 72-600, used by Cebgo (a wholly owned subsidiary of CEB), have a more spacious cabin layout and additional seats. Read more
DOHA, 4 November 2016: Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly a scheduled Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between Doha and Clark International Airport in the Philippines.
The inaugural daily flight, QR 930, was greeted with a traditional water salute upon arrival at Clark International Airport, 2 November.
Clark International Airport Corporation president, Alexander Cauguiran, commented: “The arrival of Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner is a welcome development for Clark International Airport as we strive to develop ourselves into the next premier international gateway of the Philippines. We look forward to forging a stronger partnership with Qatar Airways who has been a strong supporter of CIAC for the past few years.” Read more