WOW Philippines E-Newsletter - July 2007

Summer is here, and with it comes a host of Filipino community events that are open to all. This July, four "Barrio Fiestas" are being organized in different parts of the UK. The first event will be held in Stockton-on-Tees, Northern England on 08 July, while the second (and the biggest in Europe) takes place a week later, on 14-15 July in Hounslow, West London. Two more events will also be held in Bracknell and Milton Keynes, both on 29 July. The Barrio Fiesta highlights the best of the Filipino culture, where the communities gather and sing, dance, eat and have a lot of fun! Hope to see you there!

In other news, the Palawan page of our website has gone live. Now, you can download up-to-date information on flight schedules and accommodations, as well as view the multitude of natural attractions and dive locations within the province. And like our Boracay webpage, we will soon be inviting Palawan hotels and resorts to link up to the page, in order to allow for direct reservations and bookings. Check it out now at www.wowphilippines.co.uk/destination/Palawan

Finally, DOT London has finished production of its new Puerto Galera and Bohol destination brochures. Next up are the production of three more flyers on Manila, Cebu and the Calabarzon region. Ask for a free copy of these information sheets through the "Request Brochures" section of the website.

In this issue:

  Major Program Updates of DOT London
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  DOT News

Major Program Updates of DOT London

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Travel Philippines

Registration for the Travel Philippines program is picking up pace, with marketers joining in through the different Barrio Fiestas in the United Kingdom.

Marketers are nicely spread out in various locations all over the United Kingdom, with the biggest population based in London and the home counties. Some of the other areas covered by registered marketers include Newcastle, Cheshire and Belfast (Northern Ireland) to the north, and Plymouth to the south.

Become a Marketer now and make your contribution to this ever-increasing campaign to project the Philippines as an ideal tourism destination. In the process, you may just win for yourself a round-trip ticket to the Philippines courtesy of our participating tour operators, Gifto Travel, Dive Worldwide, Crystal Travel and Audley Travel.

For more info click here

Text WOW Campaign

Text WOW To 81404 Now!


DOT London presents its latest flagship project - the Text WOW Campaign. By texting the word "WOW" to 81404, mobile phone users all across the United Kingdom can immediately receive a text-back message enumerating the latest hot deals for travel to the Philippines. These offers are provided by our travel agency partners in the UK - Celestial Travel, Gifto Travel, Emerald Global Tours, Optima Travel, Philippine Islands Connection-UK, Pinoy Travel and Charrie Travel and Tours.

This innovative service hopes to entice all mobile phone users in Britain to check out the latest offers on travel to the Philippines. Besides raising the profile of the Philippines as an ideal tourist destination for the British, this activity is meant to steer business opportunities to our travel industry partners.

Try the free service today! Text WOW to 81404!
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Friends Philippines

More than 35 persons have already registered in the Special Friends Tour to the Philippines scheduled in November 2007. There is still a chance for all interested parties to sign up and be part of this terrific program. Don't wait! Don't hesitate! Sign up now!

As of June 2007, several international chapters of the English Speaking Union have also touched base with tour organizers to take part in this tour. For more information on the program, please visit the website at www.wowphilippines.co.uk or click on the link below.

Hurry and sign up to this extra-ordinary tour of the Philippines!

For more info click here

Destination of the Month

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Dimakya Island


Dimakya Island is one of many small islets along the northern coast of Busuanga in northern Palawan. There is a hiking trail on the eastern part of the island that leads up to a look-out point. Some wildlife can be spotted along the trail. The sand along the beach is soft, which is comparable to that found in Boracay.

On the west side of the island is a reef with a beautiful coral garden. It features both soft and hard corals in a mixture of colors, providing shelter to a multitude of aquatic life. On the far end of the reef exists an extensive garden of staghorn corals populated by rainbow runners, schools of barracuda and goat fish. A special treat awaits the diver at a nook at 13 meters - the chance to see a rare giant clam, Triadacna Gigas!

Package of the Month

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Club Paradise and the Dugong Dive Centre

The seas around Dimakya present an abundance of giant clams, sea sponges, huge coral beds and a multitude of fish and other marine creatures. The seabed provides a vast sea grass ground, making an ideal feeding area for the Dugong. Dimakya is one of the few areas in the world where Dugongs can be observed underwater and Dugong watching excursions are available for non-divers as well.

Divers can investigate the nearby wreck of the Japanese Kyokuzan Maru or take full day trips to famous Apo Reef Marine Park or Coron shipwrecks at Sangat. Activities range from windsurfing to kayaking plus island hopping and excursions.

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DOT News

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Central Philippines Poised to Become the Country's Tourism Hub!

International Airports for Puerto Princesa, Legaspi, Kalibo, Iloilo, Bacolod and Panglao by 2010!


The tourism sector???s upbeat performance since 2004 has inspired the administration into re-thinking a new strategy of attracting tourists and their dollars into our shores. The focus has now been fixed on improving travel into and around the country, through the construction of new airports, the upgrading of existing facilities and the building of roads and bridges for better access and mobility. Increased flight frequencies and air seats directly from source markets and into the main tourism destinations have become the top priority of the administration, as it continues to realize the revenue potentials of this trillion-dollar industry and what could be earned with the proper infrastructure in place.

During the President???s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 24 July 2006, the Government re-defined the country???s economic landscape into five ???mega-regions???; while the North Luzon and Mindanao Mega-Regions are envisioned to be the country's agri-business centres in the North and the South, and the Metro Luzon Mega-Region is the emerging commercial center and urban beltway, the Central Philippines Mega-Region will be fully promoted as the country's tourism hub, with the Department of Tourism and Secretary Joseph ???Ace??? Durano as the region???s Development Champion. (The fifth Mega-Region is known as the Cyber Corridor, which will serve as the cyber link between the four regions.)

Tourism is the primary development theme of the Central Philippines Mega-Region, which is composed of all the islands and coastal regions between Luzon and Mindanao. It is in this part of the Philippines where the development and upgrading of airports, seaports, railways and roads will be continuously monitored and coordinated. Efforts are also focused on the development of energy sources and flood control systems. Tourism-related projects are estimated to cost P191.808 billion and envisioned to be fully completed by 2010. A new international airport has been officially opened in Cabatuan, Iloilo, while another one in Silay, Negros Occidental is scheduled for immediate inauguration. Others are being fast-tracked and are to be completed soon. Some of the existing airport terminals to be upgraded to international capability standards are Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Kalibo (Aklan) and Legaspi (Albay), while a totally new international airport terminal is envisioned in the island of Panglao, off the southwest coast of Bohol. (For a more complete listing of tourism and transportation infrastructure projects in the Philippines, please contact the Department of Tourism London Field Office.)

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