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Preparations are well underway for the upcoming Philippine Travel Exchange, the country's biggest business-to-business event for the industry, to be held on September 02-05, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center.

The Philippines will be welcoming numerous tour operator buyers from around the globe. Many European countries will also send their delegates to learn about the attractions of the country and initiate partnerships with the local travel industry. PHITEX program will also include educational seminars with prominent speakers coming from different backgrounds to discuss and engage industry players in various topics such as new millennial travel, emerging markets, travel trends, comprehensive reports on key outbound markets and more.

Two of the countries most sought after destinations are currently in the running for prestigious awards. El Nido in Palawan is running for the “Responsible Tourism Award” for the World Travel Awards and Vigan in Ilocos is part of the 21 finalist for the New 7 Wonder Cities by www.new7wonders.com.

Recently, the Philippines Department of Tourism in Manila signed the agreement to bring Spain’s most famous culinary festival “Madrid Fusion” in Manila in 2015. Watch our for more exciting events and programs to be revealed in coming updates as part of "Visit Philippines Year 2015".

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Vote for the Philippines!
  Fun Property News
  More Fun News

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Philippines Travel Exchange 2014

Preparations are underway for the Philippines' largest annual business-to-business event for the travel and trade industry. The Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) provides a venue for foreign hosted buyers to meet and negotiate with local suppliers then embark on inspection trips across the Philippines.

PHITEX starts on 3 September (in Manila) with the main B2B meeting sessions happening on the 4th. International buyers will be able to meet at least 25 selected members of the local industry including hotels, resorts, ground handlers, DMCs and even airlines. On the 5th, Buyers will then attend the Philippine Travel Mart Exhibition before embarking on Familiarization trips for the next 5-6 days.

Buyers will be able to select from specially arranged inspection tours to El Nido, Laoag + Vigan, Cebu + Bohol, Boracay, Legaspi or Puerto Galera.

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Vote for the Philippines!

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World Travel Awards - Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award


El Nido Resorts is once again nominated under Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award by the most prestigious and comprehensive World Travel Awards.

To Vote:
1. Go to: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/register
2. Fill out the form and register (Please tick Travel Industry Voter, I confirm that I work in a travel industry – for more voting points.)
3. Go to: “Click here to vote.”
4. Select a Region: ASIA
5. Go to #70 under Next Categories (Asia's Responsible Tourism Award)
6. Tick El Nido Resorts
7. Share to your friends and family, and you’re done!

P.S. Do vote for Seda Hotels also as they are nominated for the Philippines' Leading Hotel Group

El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts located in the El Nido-Taytay municipalities in northern Palawan, Philippines. The resorts offer genuine, local hospitality and unique and enriching experiences amidst the beautiful natural landscape.

El Nido Resorts is committed to providing leisurely, engaging, and educational experiences and services to all our guests in a manner that has the least impact on the environment and promotes respect for El Nido’s local people and culture.

Read more on El Nido's sustainability drive and operations: http://www.elnidoresorts.com/elnido/sustainability/sustainable-operations/
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New 7 Wonder Cities - Vigan

The voting continues for Vigan to be part of the New 7 Wonder Cities having made it to the final 21 cities globally.

Located in northern Luzon, Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered as the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. The cobbled streets aged with the character of Colonial Spain is full of well- preserved stone houses with distinctive ventanas (windows). Kalesa (horse carriages) still exists to transport you from different destinations in the area.

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Amorita gets more investments as Bohol recovers


Amorita Resort in Panglao, Bohol, will open its designer accommodations next month.

The concept of Phase 2 is a complete departure from Phase 1, which exudes classic and opulent living. However, it doesn’t mean the new one is anything less. It retains that luxurious feel. What sets it apart is its modern architecture and minimalist interiors.

Phase 2 includes a new cluster of one- and two-bedroom suites and deluxe garden rooms, a second outdoor infinity pool and complete spa, gym, and fitness facilities. It will also feature the all-new ¡Toma! Wine Bar and an all-day dining restaurant complementing the existing one.

The new development brings Amorita’s accommodations to a total of 97 luxury suites, including the 14 villas that offer a view of the Bohol Sea.

"We aim to establish Amorita Resort as one of the most sustainable hotel and resort destinations in the Philippines,” says Cauton, chief executive officer of One-Of Collection. One-Of Collection also manages Momo Beach House in Bohol, Sta. Monica Beach Club in Dumaguete, and the Funny Lion Inn in Coron, Palawan. “By implementing an organic modern design approach and architectural styling in the development of the resort, we hope to minimize our impact on the environment, increase operational efficiency, and integrate key features of the natural surroundings in Bohol.
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A Dream Come True Huma Island Resort and Spa

Nestled on a remote island in Busuanga- Palawan is The luxurious Huma Island Resort & Spa, set as a 5* Deluxe resort offering breath taking views, gracious living, untouched underwater marine life surrounded by a dozen of sunken Japanese warships and planes which is hailed as one of the top 10 best diving sites in the world.

The Huma Island Resort & Spa is a multi-million USD investment and comprises of 81 villas, each with its own individual Jacuzzi, 7 dining outlets, fitness centre, library, kids room and SPA centre with glass bottom flooring.

The resort’s well-appointed guest villas and suites offer spectacular views over the turquoise colours, the pristine beach of the Diciligan Island and the sea. All villas feature contemporary and elegant design and state-of-the-art technology, including WLAN, flat-panel televisions, coffee & tea making facilities with private Jacuzzis and bathtubs, indoor and outdoor showers. 64 villas out of 81 villas are placed over the water which means the resort achieves the highest number of over water villas in the entire Philippines.

* Original Article by Affinity Mag by Jane Zita Fry

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Infinity Resort in Puerto Galera Opens Up a New Brand of Luxury in Mindoro


Mindoro, an island renowned for its world-class dive sites, music festivals, waterfalls, lakes and towering mountains has a new luxury boutique resort to welcome visitors.

Located on the western side of Puerto Galera on Talipanan beach, the resort is ideally away from the hustle of the more famous white beach.

Infinity Resort has 6 well-appointed 3-bedroom villas, a sprawling infinity pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. It is also home to Malasimbo Spa, a 300 sqm facility complete with a range of wellness treatments as well as the only fish spa in Puerto Galera.
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Spain's famed culinary event to come to Manila

Expect some of the world’s most prestigious chefs and culinary professionals to visit Manila next year as the Philippines hosts Madrid Fusion, a well-known gastronomy gathering in Spain.

Last week, the Department of Tourism signed a partnership agreement with Spanish organizers as they plan the details of Madrid Fusion Manila, which is seen to promote the Philippines as a top culinary destination.

“Madrid Fusion is the single, most important conference for culinary in the 21st century. It is where the world goes to see the future of food. We are very excited to welcome people who are interested in food from Asia, primarily from ASEAN, and from the rest of the world to visit the Philippines in 2015,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

“The whole concept behind Madrid Fusion is to gather the best in culinary arts and get them to share their knowledge. We believe in the Philippines’ potential to further grow as a center of culinary excellence in Asia, and Madrid Fusion will help amplify that. It is likewise an opportune moment since 2015 has been declared as Visit the Philippines Year,” he added.

More than 400 leading chefs in the world have graced the annual Madrid Fusion, which includes live cooking demonstrations, presentations of new techniques, workshops, contests, tastings, trade exhibits and auctions.

Some of the culinary experts who have participated in the event include Grant Achatz, Gaston Acurio, Ferran Adria, Juan Mari Arzak, Alex Atala, Nobu Matsuhisa, Heston Blumenthal, Michel Brass, Paul Bocure, Quique Dacosta, Alain Duchase, Joel Robuchon and Michel Troisgros.

Planning and negotiations for the event continued during the tourism selling mission held last 13 March in Madrid between the involved parties.

* Article and photo courtesy of ABS-CBN

Major cruise lines eyeing Philippines


Three of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, said recently.

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said officials of the three companies provided feedback on how the Philippines could become a cruise destination that would provide their guests with a unique and memorable experience.

A favorite tourist destination in the northern Philippines, Vigan has been described as “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” and is the only Philippine city on the list of heritage sites declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

At the same time, the three cruise-industry leaders, which already employ a combined total of 61,700 Filipino crew members, disclosed their plans to hire more seafarers from the Philippines as they acquire more cruise ships to support their expansion plans.
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