MANILA, 24 April 2017: Four gunmen have been killed on a Philippine tourist island as President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military on Sunday to kill remnants of an Islamic militant group behind a foiled mass kidnapping attempt there.
Authorities said the dead suspects and three others on the run were stragglers from a boatload of southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf gunmen who sailed to the central island of Bohol this month as part of a plot to kidnap tourists.
The fighting in Bohol, about 500 kilometres (300 miles) away from Jolo and 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila, caused a scare for the Philippines’ important tourism industry. Read more
DOHA, QATAR, 18 April 2017: Qatar and the Philippines have signed trade agreements worth USD200 million some of them linked to tourism.
The deals were signed during the final leg of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Gulf tour, according to Manila’s trade and industry secretary who met local media in Doha Sunday.
Ramon Lopez said 6,000 jobs would be created in the Philippines as a result of the 13 agreements signed between private companies at the weekend, which covered areas such as tourism, health and defence. Read more
MANILA, 12 April 2017: Five people including a Philippine police officer were killed Tuesday in clashes with 10 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap group on the resort island of Bohol, authorities said.
The incursion would be the first on a major Philippine tourist destination in recent years by the Abu Sayyaf, which has long engaged in kidnappings for ransom — often targeting foreigners in the lawless southern Philippines.
Five bodies have been recovered at the scene of the fighting, Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said on ABS-CBN television in Manila. Read more
MANILA, 11 April 2017: Travel advisories are warning travellers that there is credible information that terror groups are planning kidnappings in Cebu and Bohol provinces in the Philippines.
Cebu is a popular tourist destination with Asian travellers, noted for its cultural and heritage sites.
The home-base of Cebu Pacific Airlines, Cebu island province extends 196 km north to south and faces the island province of Bohol. Read more
MANILA, 31 March 2017: Cebu Pacific Air posted a net income of PHP9.8 Billion in 2016, up 122% year-on-year, on the back of the strong demand for low-cost air travel and robust growth in ancillary revenues.
Total revenue, which includes CEB cargo services and wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo, jumped 9.6% to PHP61.9 billion, as passenger revenues surged 9.2% to PHP46.6 billion. For the full year, CEB flew 19.1 million passengers, up 4.1% versus the 18.4 million passengers carried in 2015.
“2016 was a great year for CEB as we continue …to fly to more destinations around the Philippines and to key destinations in Asia, the Middle East, Australia and the US,” said Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs Atty JR Mantaring. “CEB remains committed to further increase inter-island connectivity within the Philippines.” Read more
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