Travel

Tokyo hotel near Abe’s house offers ‘preferred’ accommodation for Pinoys

MANILA–A hotel located in the heart of Tokyo’s metropolis and next to the official residence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being positioned as a preferred accommodation for Filipinos visiting Japan. Lead airline and tourism management company Aviareps Philippines on Wednesday said that they will be positioning The Capital Hotel Tokyu as the choice …

Laboracay partygoers encouraged to witness town fiesta

BORACAY ISLAND–The local tourism office of Malay is eyeing to attract Laboracay partygoers to its annual town fiesta dubbed “Fiesta de Obreros” on May 1. Laboracay is a week-long festival in this world-famed island in line with the Labor Day celebration. Often visited for series of summer events and parties, the Malay Tourism Office wants …

No major drop in number of tourist arrivals in C. Visayas despite travel warnings

MANILA–Tourists continue to visit Central Visayas despite the recent encounter between security forces and a terror group in Bohol and several travel warnings issued against the Philippines. The Department of Tourism (DOT) assured this Thursday, noting that any minor decline in tourism numbers in the coming months would not affect the target of acquiring 6.5 …

Pag-asa Island seen as new tourist destination

MANILA–A Senator has backed the decision of the Duterte administration to turn Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys into a tourist destination noting its potential because of its beaches and pristine white sand. “With its impeccable beauty, the island is an ideal tourist destination…the rich biodiversity and truly Filipino heritage truly reflects the beauty of a …

Cuba seeks to boost tourism by hosting upcoming international fair

HAVANA–Cuba aims to continue its current unprecedented tourism boom and boost foreign investment in the sector, as part of making the island one of the most important tourism destinations in Latin America, a senior tourism official said on Wednesday. At a press conference, Maria del Carmen Orellana, marketing director for the Ministry of Tourism, announced …

ASEAN hosting to boost PHL tourism sector –DFA

  MANILA–The Philippine chairmanship in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year can boost the country’s tourism as well as raise the profile of hosts cities and provinces. “We hope that we showcase the best in the Philippines. Because of this, positives of our country will be highlighted. Many delegates will come,” …

Fort Santiago’s Paseo Soledad, Plaza Moriones get facelift

MANILA–More tourists are expected to visit the walled-city of Intramuros with the renovation of two sections of the century-old Fort Santiago—Paseo Soledad and Plaza Moriones. The Department of Tourism (DOT) formally opened the redeveloped sites on Monday night to guests and announced that opening hours will be extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to …

Indonesian airlines to open 6 new routes to China

JAKARTA–Three Indonesian airlines will open six new routes to China starting June to attract more Chinese tourists, officials said on Tuesday. Sriwijaya Air commercial director Toto Nursatyo said it will launch three new routes in June for Jakarta to Nanning, Jakarta to Haikou, and Denpasar to Nanning. “China is our main target for international market. …

Lawmaker urges Filipinos to prioritize local travel

MANILA–A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Tuesday called on Filipinos to travel locally and visit domestic destinations instead of going abroad in a bid to boost economic activity in rural areas. Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said promoting Philippine tourism serves as an engine of inclusive growth, which is among the key objectives of …

Enterprising Ilocos village to put up own hotel

LAOAG CITY–Poblacion, one of the richest villages in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte, plans to put up its own four-story hotel at a newly-acquired lot. Strategically located along the national highway of the Manila North road overlooking the largest windmills in Southeast Asia and just a few kilometers away from various tourism spots of …