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UNWTO adopts Manila call for action on measuring sustainable tourism

MANILA — Over 80 member countries of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Friday adopted the Manila Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism, a document which is expected to help reach goals of the Universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The document was adopted during the closing ceremony of the three-day 6th UNWTO …

McCann Worldgroup defends new DOT ad

MANILA –Advertising agency McCann Worldgroup Philippines on Tuesday came to the defense of the Department of Tourism (DOT) after its most recent campaign advertisement received backlash for allegedly copying the campaign of South Africa in 2014. Several netizens were quick to point out the DOT ad as similar to a South African ad which also …

Groovy: Woodstock site gets national historic recognition

ALBANY, N.Y.—The site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival is now officially recognized for its place in history. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) announced on Tuesday that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in the Hudson Valley town of Bethel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cuomo says the festival that …

Cayetano cautions embassies in issuing travel advisories on PHL

MANILA — Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has urged the diplomatic community to exercise caution in the issuance of warnings to all its citizens against traveling to the Philippines amid fighting in Marawi City and the Resorts World Manila incident. “We really have to be calm, we have to be safe but we have …

Cincinnati Zoo to provide news media first look at Fiona

CINCINNATI—The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has decided its popular baby hippo is ready for her close-up. Fiona (fee-OHN’uh) is making her news media debut Wednesday evening with cameras rolling as she navigates the 9-foot-deep Hippo Cove pool. The zoo emphasizes she isn’t ready for public display yet, but the media-only event is a step …

Dagupan’s Tondaligan Blue Beach eyed as top wind surfing site

DAGUPAN CITY—The Tondaligan Blue Beach here holds a big promise to become the new wind surfing capital as well as a diving site throughout the country that could thrill local and foreign visitors. This was bared by former city councilor Liberato Reyna IV, an engineer, who was designated chair of the water sports event of …

AirAsia warns of free ticket scam using its brand

KUALA LUMPUR— AirAsia Bhd has issued a public warning with regards to a social media post, claiming to offer free flight tickets through an online survey. The scam requires participants to answer several questions to redeem vouchers, the low-cost carrier said in a statement today. “There is also another scam circulating on Facebook, offering 268 …

Saipan offers 2 new attractions to lure more Filipino tourists

MANILA— The Saipan tourism industry is trying to attract more Filipino tourists by providing them with two new island attractions. Lead airline and tourism management company Avaiareps Philippines on Monday said the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) is offering the “Duck Tour” and “Sea Touch”. The Duck Tour is an “amphibious-like” tour of the island using …

PAL to continue scheduled flights to Mindanao amid martial law

MANILA—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday said it will strive to maintain normal operations to and from Mindanao during the duration of martial law, which President Rodrigo Duterte said will last for at least 60 days. It may be recalled that a clash happened between the military forces and members of the Maute group …

Ormoc City replicating Bohol tourism program

ORMOC City— Shaping Ormoc City into another tourist destination in the Visayas takes Bohol for a model. Awed by Bohol’s feat in tourism, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez said they want to imitate Bohol’s path to the top. “Because you are one of the places with a very successful tourism program,” Gomez told members of …

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