Travel

Disney Shanghai to welcome 10 millionth visitor

SHANGHAI—The Walt Disney Company on Wednesday announced that the Shanghai Disney Resort would soon welcome its 10 millionth visitor, following positive second fiscal quarter earnings. “[Visitor numbers are] outpacing our most optimistic projections and the park’s performance is exceeding our expectations,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. The company …

Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda attracts over 40,000 foreign visitors last month

YANGON–Over 40,000 foreign tourists visited Myanmar’s world famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in April, the first month of the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to the Pagoda’s Board of Trustee on Sunday. Thailand topped the list with 7,749 visitors, followed by China with 2,295, Germany with 1,788, France with 1,626 and Japan with 1,453. In April …

Biliran town upbeat of Higatangan Island’s future as tourist haven

NAVAL–The local government here is eyeing more tourists to visit picturesque Higatangan Island this year with intensified promotion in a bid to make it one of the region’s top destinations. Naval Mayor Gerard Espina voiced this optimism days after the first Higatangan Summer Festival, which had drawn about 4,000 visitors to the island with white …

DOT chief to invite more foreign media, tour operators to visit Bohol

MANILA–Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo vows to invite international media and tour operators from Europe and Asia to visit Central Visayas to disprove notion that the region is “unsafe.” “We will focus on Bohol, and I am here to prove to world that Bohol is a safe haven for tourists and residents alike,” Teo said during …

More Ro-Ro trips to boost ASEAN tourism –DOT

MANILA–After launching the Roll-on-Roll-off (Ro-Ro) trips between the Davao and Gen. Santos City seaports and Bitung, Indonesia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday said that it is looking forward to the upcoming launch of Ro-Ro trips between Mindanao and Palawan seaports and those of Malaysia and Brunei. Teo, during the recent launch of M/V …

China sees tourism boom during May Day holiday

BEIJING –China saw a tourism boom during the three-day May Day holiday, a sign of the country’s booming tourism industry, official data showed on Monday. The country’s tourism industry raked in 79.1 billion yuan (11.5 billion U.S. dollars) in revenue during the holiday, up 16.2 percent from a year earlier, according to data from the …

Dive tourism creates jobs in Negros Oriental

MANILA–The rich marine life of Negros Oriental was the key that opened doors to several jobs in the tourism industry. Among these, were underwater guides and emergency responders. Just recently, 12 boys and four girls completed courses for dive master (DM), advanced open water (OPW) and emergency first response (EFR), which brought them a step …

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 …

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