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PHL to see increase in Russian tourist arrivals

MANILA—More Russian tourists are expected to visit the Philippines after the successful participation of Philippine’s Department of Tourism (DOT) in a travel and tourism fair in Moscow last week. DOT and Filipino travel and tour executives joined the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) last March 14 to 16 in line with the directive …

More great white sharks appear to be visiting off Cape Cod

BOSTON—Great white sharks are discovering what tourists have known for years: Cape Cod is a great place to spend the summer. Greg Skomal, the top shark expert at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, says the latest data from a multiyear study of the ocean predators found that the number of sharks in waters off …

DJ Khaled to headline music cruise aboard Norwegian Sky

Music-themed cruises are nothing new, but DJ Khaled headlining a cruise to the Caribbean? That could make waves. “They don’t want us to be on a cruise — so we are going on the most major cruise the world has ever seen — hosted by me and my roster of superstar friends,” DJ Khaled said …

Migrant arrivals to Italy register record high in 2017

ROME— Over 15,000 migrants and refugees arrived to Italy since the beginning of 2017, marking a new record high in the migration inflows from Africa, Italian authorities said on Monday. More specifically, some 15,844 people were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and brought to the country between Jan. 1 and March 6, according to the …

PHL gets .6M tourist arrivals in January 2017

MANILA—Foreign tourist arrivals to the Philippines reached a new all-time high in January this year with over 600,000 visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday. January arrivals totaled 631,639 which is a 16.48 percent growth from the 542,258 visitors acquired in the same period in 2016. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo welcomed this achievement and …

Trump slump? Signs of drop in international tourism to US

NEW YORK—The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday said the Trump administration’s immigration policies are hurting tourism. The non-profit industry organization said in a statement that there are “mounting signs” of “a broad chilling effect on demand for international travel to the United States.” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters disputed the contention, saying: “It takes several …

Comcast buying out partners for full ownership of Japan park

ORLANDO, Fla.—Comcast NBCUniversal is paying $2.3 billion to buy out its partners to take full ownership of Universal Studios Japan. The company said Tuesday that it had agreed to purchase the 49 per cent stake in the theme park from its partners, including Goldman Sachs, a U.S. hedge fund and an Asian private equity firm. …

Panagbenga Grand Street Dancing Parade slated Saturday

BAGUIO CITY—The nine finalists in the Grand Street Dancing Competition–Elementary Division as announced after the elimination round on February 20, will join the Grand Street Dancing Parade here on Saturday, February 25. The parade, one of the awaited activities as part of the Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival, will include defending champion Apolinario Mabini Elementary …

Jesuit dorm eyed as next tourist attraction in Intramuros

MANILA –A Jesuit dormitory in Intramuros which was previously occupied by a Japanese martyr is being eyed as a new tourist attraction in the Walled City, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday. DOT said it will launch initiative to spur Japanese tourist arrivals to the Philippines following the recent beatification of a Japanese martyr …

PAL announces flight cancellations due to Tagaytay radar shut down on March 6-11

MANILA—More than a hundred flights of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be cancelled on March 6-11 due to the temporary shut down of Tagaytay radar. Tagaytay radar is among the radars used by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It will be temporarily shut down for maintenance and upgrade. The Civil Authority of the …

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