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Smoking, drinking now banned on beaches of Baler

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines – Baler Mayor Nelianto Bihasa recently announced a ban on cigarette smoking and on consumption of alcoholic beverages on the beaches and other coastal areas of Baler town in the province of Aurora. Bihasa explained that the ban is in line with a new ordinance authored by Councilor Meinardo Tropicales. The …

Foreigners flock to Dinagyang Festival

ILOILO CITY  — The city, in celebration of Dinagyang 2015 with its theme, “Sum it up to the top”, is filled with local and national visitors, “balikbayans” and foreigners to witness Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival that culminates Monday with a thanksgiving mass. Many people from different municipalities and provinces arrived early to find a better view …

Budget airline AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges on all flights as oil price plummets

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia is scrapping fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices. AirAsia said the move also applies to flights under its long-haul arm AirAsia X. Oil prices are now below $50 per barrel after 6 months of declines, pushing down jet fuel prices. …

Ilocos Norte rolls out better planning, forecasting for tourist influx

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte  — The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte is eying for a better planning and forecasting to ensure tourists will keep coming back to this premiere tourism destination of the north. Last December, the Provincial Tourism Office has obtained a record high of 30,864 tourist arrivals or those who stayed overnight in …

Legazpi mayor eyed for DOT’s Tourism Star PHL awards

LEGAZPI CITY  -– The local travel industry sector is having city mayor Noel Rosal as its bet in this year’s search for the Tourism Star Philippines Awards of the Department of Tourism (DOT). Antonio Fernandez, City Tourism Office (CTO) chief, on Monday said a group of local tourism advocates is now preparing their nomination of …

Recruitment Industry Leader: Divert cancelled flights to Clark Int’l Airport

MANILA — A recruitment industry leader has appealed to Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to divert the international flights on Jan. 15 and 19 to Clark International Airport to enable thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to reach their jobsites on time. Jackson Gan, vice-president of FEDMANEX (Federation of …

Cebu hotels fully booked for the Sinulog weekend

CEBU CITY — Cebu’s hotel operators have reported they are fully booked for the Sinulog weekend on Jan. 16-18. “Occupancy has started to build up and we will be full during the Sinulog weekend from Friday to Sunday,” said Ann Olalo, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu director of sales and marketing. Occupancy in Cebu City Marriott …

Boracay’s tourism misses 2014 target due to typhoons, China travel ban

BORACAY, Aklan — This resort island has missed its target for the second year because of weather disturbances and the recent China travel ban in the Philippines. Niven Maquirang, Boracay jetty port administrator, said that based on their official records around 1,472,352 foreign and local tourists visited this resort island in year 2014. Boracay’s target …

Make Davao City top-of-mind destination for holistic tourist activities — CTO

DAVAO CITY — The city government through its City Tourism Office (CTO) gears up on projects that will market Davao City internationally as the country’s premier host for local, regional, national and international convention. Davao City tourism head Lisette Marquez said their projects and accomplishments are anchored on addressing the city’s vision to be the …

US warns about threat against banks, hotels in Indonesia

SURABAYA, Indonesia — The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued a warning to Americans about a potential threat against U.S. associated banks and hotels in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya. An embassy spokesperson says Sunday there is nothing linking the warning with AirAsia Flight 8501.The plane crashed into the Java Sea a week ago after taking …

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