Philippines Tourism E-Newsletter - October 2012

It is an exciting time for your Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London office. We will be moving premises from our current 146 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4EF location to join the Philippine Embassy at 10-11 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Our contact numbers will now be T: 0044 207 321 0668 and F: 0044 207 925 2920. Email addresses and the website remain the same with the @itsmorefuninthephilippines.co.uk domain. Please feel free to drop-by for any tourism advice/concerns and to discover more why “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”

The Department has just launched its new full-length tourism video on the campaign. Continue to discover why It's MoreFun in the Philippines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADNgEHFDYzo

Positive news on the Philippines continue to be relentless with the successful PATA Travel Mart held last month; Tubbataha Reefs Law being cited as one of the world's best practices in marine environment conservation; VISA's country head sees notable increases in foreign spend in the Philippines including the United Kingdom as a result of the tourism campaign;

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  Philippines Tourism News

Major Programs

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Philippines Set to Bring the Fun in Diving at this Year's Dive Show in Birmingham

The Dive season is now underway in the United Kingdom with exhibiting national tourist boards, dive operators, dive equipment retailers and dive publications prepping for the annual Show in Birmingham on 27-28 October.

New to the Philippines' drive to bring the best of the country's strongest attractions to the British midlands is the introduction of the new tourism campaign. Visitors to the event will find out the innumerable reasons why diving is inherently more fun in the Philippines. Middle of the coral triangle and having more than 400 species of corals around 7,107 islands are few reasons why divers keep coming back.

Brand new videos on the country's many spectacular dive sites will be showcased at the fair along with new paraphernalia on the diving.

Dive operators, resorts, liveaboards and government agencies namely, Asia Divers, Discovery Fleet, Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort, Original Diving, Ultimate Diving and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will be joining PDOT at the Stand.

We look forward to your visit the Philippines Booth at Stand 210 at the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 October.

Destination of the Month

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Malapascua and Moalboal


Arguably two of the most well known dive destinations in the world in Cebu are Malapascua and Moalboal.

Malapascua is located on the northeastern tip of Cebu, Malapascua Island is surrounded by bright white sand beaches endowed with crystal-clear waters perfect for diving, swimming and snorkeling. The island is best known as one of the best shark diving locations in the Philippines, attracting numerous species such as White Tips, Black Tips, Bamboo, Nurse, Cat, Hammerheads and the magnificent yet rare Thresher sharks.

Monad Shoal of Malapascua is the only known place in the world where Threshers, whose superb tail extends as long as its body, can be closely observed on a daily basis.

Moalboal on the other hand is located 89 kilometres southwest of Cebu City, this island offers short stretches of white sandy beaches and rich marine life for scuba diving. Notable as an
excellent diving area is the water around Pescador Island. One can dive straight off Panagsama Beach (located 2.5 km from Moalboal) to an extraordinary view of corals, anemones, sponges and swarms of brightly coloured reef fish.

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Twin Centre in Malapascua and Moalboal

Ultimate Diving has put together an exclusive twin centre offer where you can dive the famous reefs and walls of Moalboal and explore wrecks in Malapascua along with beautiful thresher shark and giant manta ray sightings. Both resorts are located in Cebu, a beautiful island with tropical rainforests, caves and waterfalls, stunning beaches, pristine reefs and one of the most diverse marine eco systems in the world.

This offer will allow you to spend 4 nights at the Magic Island Dive Resort in Moalboal where you will have the chance to explore the amazing waters with 3 days diving. The Magic Island Dive Resort has 10 cottages, all with beautiful views of the sea and the swimming pool from their private balcony. Exploring the fantastic house reef is a must! Moalboal is known for its incredibly colorful coral and fluoro diving. The deep waters at Moalboal mean that sometimes the unexpected visitor arrives and recently whale sharks, hammerheads and even pilot whales have been spotted.

After your stay in Moalboal you will be transferred to Malapascua where you will spend a further 4 nights at the Exotic Dive Resort with 3 days diving giving you plenty of time to encounter thresher sharks, white-tip sharks, manta rays and devil rays. The Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is set in the southern side of Malapascua Island directly on the eastern tip of Bounty Beach. It has everything you need for a relaxing, exciting and enjoyable stay.

Package also includes return flights from London in December 2012 with Cathay Pacific and all transfers. Prices are based on two sharing in a standard room. Upgrade to an air-conditioned room is available for £8 per person per night.

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Philippines Tourism News

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Tubbataha Reefs Law Wins International Award


The law protecting the world-famous Tubbataha Reefs National Park has been cited as one of the world's best practices in marine environment conservation.

Republic Act 10067, or the Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act of 2009 (TRNP Act), was awarded one of two silver awards at the 2012 Future Policy Awards (FPA), the World Future Council (WFC) announced Wednesday, September 26, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The law was cited by the WFC as an "example of successful coral reef conservation and a model for action on other coral reefs."
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VISA Head Sees Foreigners Spending Big in Philippines

Inbound spending by foreign Visa cardholders continues to grow at a double-digit rate as the Philippines’ new tourism campaign reaches more countries.

In a chance interview, Visa country manager for the Philippines, Guam and Northern Pacific Islands Iain Jamieson says that a little over $2 billion was spent on Visa cards that were issued abroad and used in the country from August 2011 to August 2012, an expansion of 11 percent from year-before level.

He says that the tourism department’s “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign contributed to the strong inbound spending by foreign cardholders during the period.

“Inbound spending is up…I’m a firm believer that the campaign by the Department of Tourism has something to do with that,” the Visa chief adds.

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DOT, PATA commit to advance PH tourism


At the recent PATA Travel Mart, the Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. presented the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP), the country’s roadmap for tourism development, which aims to position the Philippines as a must-experience destination in Asia. The NTDP seeks to achieve 10 million international visitor arrivals, employ 6.8 million workers in the tourism sector, and generate 1.9 trillion pesos in tourism receipts by 2016. Tourism development will be propelled through the convergence among government agencies, local government units, legislators, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.

PATA Vice Chairperson Paul Antonson said that “Tourism should be given focus as it is the most inclusive sector,” and congratulated Secretary Jimenez for the completion of the NTDP and phenomenal worldwide success of the It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign. On the other hand, PATA CEO Martin J. Craigs underscored the role of technology – the need to be electronic and mobile – in the development of tourism. He also raised the importance of improving policy reforms to address issues on accessibility and connectivity.
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