Philippines E-Newsletter - August 2011

Even with the noticeable slowdown in outbound tourism from Europe in the past few years, luxury travel continues to be a booming sector for the industry.

Tour operators and hoteliers constantly offer great deals to lure luxury seekers. In Palawan, a handful of luxury resorts like Apulit in Taytay, Ariara Island in Calamianes Islands and Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa in Sabang are already catering to high-end travellers. Raffles, Shangri-la, Movenpick, Radisson and Banyan Tree have also made substantial investments in the Philippines.

These offerings foster awareness for the Philippines from those selling the luxury market, evident in the upswing of tour operators featuring the country in their 2011-2012 brochures.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  DOT News

Major Programs


Join Us at the British Birdwatching Fair 2011

Birdwatching continues to expand as one of the main promotional thrusts of the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London in the United Kingdom. PDOT London is already prepped for its participation at this month's British Birdwatching Fair.

The annual Birdfair, the biggest and the first of its kind, celebrates Britain's fastest growing pastime. This event continues to provide PDOT London with an excellent venue to actively promote the country's wildlife offerings to the 25,000 UK birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts visiting the Fair.

Visit at the Philippines stand (Marquee 4 Stand Number 48-49) during Birdfair from 19-21 August 2011 at Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham. We will be giving away various free gifts, including "Birdwatching in the Philippines" Volumes 1 and 2 Guidebooks and postcard sets containing impressive imagery of various bird species in the country.

Philippines Programs back in the Brochures of Trailfinders and Kuoni

The interest for the Philippines amongst UK travellers is higher than ever even with the downturn in long haul travel from Europe. PDOT London is proud to report that tourism arrivals from the UK to the Philippines continues to grow. From January to June this year, arrival figures are up 5.53% from the same period in 2010. The UK remains the biggest source of arrivals from Europe with visitors staying a week and a half on average.

This constant desire for the Philippines reinforces confidence and boosts awareness in the UK travel industry. PDOT London is delighted that Philippine programmes can once again be found in the Worldwide and Far-East brochures of Trailfinders and Kuoni this year, two highly popular luxury travel companies. Other tour operators are likely to follow-suit to meet the growing demand for the range of attractions that the Philippines has to offer.

PDOT London is working closely with tour operators featuring the Philippines by conducting staff training, undergoing joint-promotional projects, flyer production and distribution and organizing bespoke familiarization trips to the country like PHITEX later this month.

Destination of the Month


Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

This major tourist attraction is popular because of its 8.2-kilometre underground river, a portion of which is easily navigable by paddle boats. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the finalists vying for a place in the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Declared as a national park in 1971, the site has maintained its natural forest cover allowing wildlife, including birds to live undisturbed by large-scale human activity.

For birdwatching, the park is a major site where one can easily encounter species endemic to the area such as the Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Palawan Scops-Owl, Palawan Flowerpecker and the Palawan Hornbill.

Other recorded birds in the area include the Eastern Reef-Egret, Blue-headed Raquet-Tail, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Black-headed Bulbul, Dark-throated Oriole, White-vented Shama and the Blue-naped Parrot among others.

Package of the Month


Philippines Tour

3rd March - 17th March (2012) Birdwatching Sites of Candaba, Subic, Cebu and Palawan

A 15-day holiday, based in very comfortable hotels, in search of the endemic and other birdlife of some of the most contrasting islands in the delightful Philippines archipelago

Day 1 Fly Manila
Day 2 Manila
Day 3 Birding at Candaba; overnight Subic
Day 4/5 Subic
Day 6 Fly Cebu
Day 7 Olango Island; overnight Sumilon Island
Day 8 Alcoy Forest; overnight Sumilon Island
Day 9 Cebu City
Day 10 Fly Palawan; overnight Narra
Day 11 Birding at Narra
Day 12 Iwahig Forest
Day 13 Subterranean River
Day 14 Fly Manila
Day 15 Fly London

Luxury tourist hotels; all rooms have private facilities

All inclusive

A. Gentle birdwatching and wildlife walks
For more info click here

DOT News


200 Tour Operators from 18 Countries to join the PHITEX

MANILA, Philippines - Some 200 travel agents from 18 countries are joining the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2011 to do business with the various sectors of the local tourism industry.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said this large foreign delegation would make PHITEX 2011 one of its biggest in more than 10 years.

“The foreign travel agents will check out which of our tourism destinations, products and services they can offer to their clients in their home countries, effectively making them our industry marketers all over the world,” Lim said.

“Some of them are from untapped foreign markets. So this 11th PHITEX dubbed ‘Philippines: Undiscovered Treasures’ also becomes a venue for market development and expansion without us having to go abroad and spend a fortune in doing it on site,” Lim added.

Read more click here

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