Travel

Apo Island thrives on eco-tourism activities and tourist arrivals

DUMAGUETE CITY— The world-renowned dive destination of Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental continues to thrive on income derived from tourist arrivals all year round with residents reaping benefits from it. Jose Bryan Arranguez, Community Relations Officer of the Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (AIPLS) of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) …

New roller coaster replaces the one Sandy plunged into sea

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.—Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy plunged a roller coaster into the sea in what became one of the storm’s most enduring images, the ride has been replaced — safely inland this time. Hydrus opened this month at the Casino Pier amusement park, built above the beach rather than out over the water …

Ethiopian Airlines increases direct flights to China

ADDIS ABABA— Ethiopian Airlines has increased its weekly direct flights to China to 34 with the opening of thrice weekly flights to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Speaking at a ceremony starting the flight to Chengdu on Sunday in Addis Ababa International Airport premises, Liu Tao, Counselor at the Chinese embassy in Ethiopia said …

There’s more to Western Visayas than Boracay

MANILA–Western Visayas is popular for Boracay but that’s not all as Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo is bent on cross-selling the region’s other province destinations. Teo said on Friday that DOT-Region VI is currently offering a wide variety of tour itineraries in efforts to cross-sell different attractions. Cross-selling refers to selling a different product or service …

Denmark’s historical lighthouse turned into bird center

COPENHAGEN–A hundred-year-old lighthouse at the northernmost point of Denmark has been turned into a bird center as part of the local community’s efforts to woo ornithologists as well as tourists, local media reported Tuesday. The Grey Lighthouse near Grenen in Skagen has been renovated to house the Skagen Bird Station, which was opened recently for …

China overtakes Vietnam to become biggest tourist source of Cambodia

PHNOM PENH –China has overtaken Vietnam to become the first largest source of tourists to Cambodia, a Cambodian Tourism Ministry official said on Tuesday. Kong Sopheareak, director of the Tourism Ministry’s statistics and planning department, said that about 270,000 Chinese visitors came to Cambodia in the first quarter of 2017, up 26 percent over the …

Taiwan clarifies rescheduling of visa-free policy this year

MANILA–The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Taiwan has announced that the implementation of its visa-free entry for Filipinos has been postponed in order to complete relevant administrative procedures and inter-agency coordination. MOFA is expected to release the full details of the implementation of the said visa-free arrangements including the exact date of the commencement …

Tourism plays as stimulus to Tunisia’s economic growth

TUNIS–Tunisia’s National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on Monday that the country’s economic growth in the first quarter of 2017 reached 2.1 percent year-on-year. According to NSI, the Tunisian GDP grew 0.9 percent from the last quarter of 2016. The NSI attributed such growth to the positive performance of tourism sector, which posts a growth of …

‘Bigiw-Bugsay’ race revives traditional sailing Culture of Tañon Strait

DUMAGUETE CITY—The Philippines is a sailing nation – a country of 7641 islands connected for thousands of years by waterways via various watercraft. To celebrate the Month of the Oceans, Island Buzz Philippines, a water sports company dedicated to make Cebu the “Paddling Capital of the Philippines”, paid tribute to traditional Visayan sailing and paddling …

JFK home renovation castoffs are transformed into art

HYANNIS PORT, Mass.—What once were pieces of John F. Kennedy’s home are now pieces of art. Floorboards, window panes, shingles, electrical fixtures, faded wallpaper, rusted nails and even a metal hook that once held a porch swing are among the ordinary items salvaged during an overhaul of JFK’s Cape Cod home and transformed by local …

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