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Western brand, Chinese characteristics: Club Med at Guilin

GUILIN, China — After 10 days of crisscrossing southwestern China by high-speed train with two young children in tow, exploring minority villages amid rugged scenery and often sleeping in grimy hotels, it was time for a break. And what better way to decompress from our fascinating yet grueling family trek through one of China’s less …

Viacom withdraws from Nickelodeon underwater project in Palawan

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a global media company that owns Nickelodeon, will no longer pursue the construction of the controversial Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan. VIMN said in statement on Tuesday that it decided to “mutually agree” with the project developer Coral World Park (CWP) to discontinue the IP licensing agreement for the …

High demand for private jets to get perfect view of eclipse

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A private jet operator based in Ohio is preparing for one of its busiest days of the year because so many people want to get a perfect view of Monday’s solar eclipse. Columbus-based NetJets says Jackson, Wyoming, appears to be the most popular destination for eclipse watchers along with Grand Island, Nebraska. …

First span of NY bridge built to carry millions opening

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature public works project, a $4 billion bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in the New York City suburbs. One span of the future Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open to westbound traffic Friday, signalling …

Proposal would commit California to acting on shrinking lake

EL CENTRO, Calif. — Five months after California outlined a $383 million plan to slow the shrinking of the state’s largest lake, agencies will try to make sure officials honour the commitment, according to a report. The proposal announced in March involves building ponds at the north and south ends of the Salton Sea, a …

DOT promotes ‘more fun’ brand in London’s Canary Wharf

MANILA— Images of the Philippines’ best islands, tarsier, rice terraces, and jeepney dominated the 30 digital screens and 40 static posters inside Canary Wharf’s malls in London last week. This, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) London Office, was part of the Philippine tourism showcase held July 31 to August 6 which was meant …

Foreign triathletes anticipate return to PH

MANILA — The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 might be over, but foreign triathletes are already anticipating not just next year’s competition, but also a chance to visit the Philippines anew. Over 2,700 triathletes from 52 countries participated in the 10th anniversary of the sporting event organized by Sunrise Events Inc. in cooperation with the …

North Korean tensions aren’t deterring tourists from Guam

HAGATNA, Guam — Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband …

Tianjin Cruise Port eyes PH as cruise ship destination

TIANJIN CITY, Aug. 13 — More Chinese tourists aboard cruise ships from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port will see for themselves the beautiful islands of the Philippines in the coming years. According to Tianjin Cruise Port general manager Zhang Zhendong, the Philippines is one of the target destinations being considered under future expansion plans and …

Over 3M foreign tourists visited PH in first half of 2017

MANILA, Aug. 11 — More than 3 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in the first half of 2017 (January to June), data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed. Foreign tourist arrivals for the period of January to June of 2017 jumped by 12.7 percent to 3.357 million compared to 2.978 million in the …

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