Travel

With single weekly flight, remote St. Helena extends welcome

JAMESTOWN, Saint Helena— The Gates of Chaos, Lot’s Wife, Old Woman’s Valley, Man and Horse Cliffs. These are the names of places on St. Helena, an otherworldly Atlantic Ocean island far from anywhere whose British-ruled population of just over 4,000 is reaching out to the world. Charles Darwin, astronomer Edmond Halley and Napoleon Bonaparte are …

DOT welcomes SoKor as Asia Cruise Cooperation’s 6th member

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as the newest member of the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) group. “The Philippines welcomes the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of Korea as the sixth member of the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC),” DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito C. Bengzon, …

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna’s troops in 1836. The site’s size would quadruple after excavation and restoration of …

Ahoy! ‘Old Ironsides,’ world’s oldest warship, sailing again

BOSTON — The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin under sail in three years. Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage. The world’s oldest commissioned warship will fire …

Airport screeners relaxing handling of passengers with medical marijuana

OTTAWA — Travellers who are prescribed marijuana for medical reasons have fewer hurdles to clear at airport screening points due to a change in policy by the agency responsible for security. The Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority confirmed on Thursday that its airport screeners are no longer calling police when a passenger presents a prescription …

PTAA eyes travel agency school

MANILA — The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Thursday said that it is reviving plans to open a travel agency school to increase the manpower pool and professionalize the industry. PTAA president Marlene Dado Jante, in a statement, said the travel group would initially partner with a Metro Manila based university or college that currently offer …

Marawi liberation proves gov’t working to make PH safe: DOT

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday welcomed the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte this week that Marawi City is liberated from terrorists after more than four months of battle against the ISIS-inspired Maute group. “Our government has proven that it can contain and eliminate any threat to peace and order, and ensure …

DOT allots P2-M to boost Zamboanga tourism

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allotted some PHP2 million for a product enhancement initiative meant to revive Zamboanga tourism. In partnership with the DOT, the city government of Zamboanga launched the “Mi Ciudad Limpyo Y Floriao” (My City, Clean and Bloom), a cleanliness and beautification project as part of its Hermosa Festival. To …

Study: Eclipse brought an estimated 616K people to Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — A study says the solar eclipse brought an estimated 616,000 out-of-state visitors to Nebraska. The study by Dean Runyan and Associates and Destination Analysts Inc. was done for the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The study says more than 708,000 people travelled to watch the Aug. 21 event, and about 87 per cent of …

Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism

The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while reinforcing the basic message that most islands were unscathed by the storms and are eager for visitors. …