It's More Fun in the Philippines Newsletter

September was a thoroughly busy month for Philippines tourism with the noteworthy staging of the Philippine Travel Exchange earlier in the month. The event saw one of its highest participation of foreign buyers and the local industry. Participants were treated to the website announcement of Visit the Philippines Year 2015.

Philippines tourism was also well represented during numerous events in Europe including the InterDive at the Border Triangle at Lake Constance, the International French Travel Market Top Resa last 23-26 September in Paris and a selling mission in Barcelona. Exhibiting with the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) at these events were leading resorts and tour operators from the country showcasing the latest activities and events gearing up for "Visit the Philippines Year" in 2015.

Later in October, PDOT will be joined at the NEC Birmingham by eight dive operators and resorts promoting the newest underwater attractions of the country.

Recognition for the country continues to grow with the Philippines being named as Destination of the Year at the recent 2014 TTG Travel Awards.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Package of the Month
  More Fun News

Major Programs


Philippine Travel Exchange 2014 used to Launch VPY 2015 Website

During the successful Philippine Travel Exchange completed a few weeks ago, the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, recently launched the website announcing "Visit the Philippines 2015" campaign.

Attending the event were almost 200 foreign buyers coming from more than 30 countries who met with their local travel counterparts in the Philippine travel industry.

The site, which can be visited through the link below allows visitors to see the upcoming events and activities happening in the country in 2015 under the themes of Arts, Entertainment, Adventure, Business and Culture. It also encourages tourism and event organizers to showcase their activities to the global traveller.

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Philippines Exhibits at DIVE Birmingham in October

25-26 October

PDOT and its partners will once again showcase the best of the country's underwater attractions at the annual Dive Show in Birmingham on 25-26 October.

Visitors to the booth (Number: 210) will find more dive operators and resorts than before due to the continued rise in demand for Philippine products.

Dive operators, resorts, liveaboards and government agencies namely, Amontillado Resort, Blue Star Dive, Dugong Dive Center/Cashew Grove, Equator Diving, Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort, Philippine Dive Holidays, Ultimate Diving and TPB will be joining PDOT at the Stand.

Package of the Month


Big Fish with Jasmine Holidays

A holiday to the Philippines offers the chance to discover dazzling white sand beaches, gorgeous bays, azure seas, some of the world’s best diving and an extraordinary country with a unique environment and culture. A Philippine Islands holiday is an opportunity to discover a well kept secret beautiful holiday destination, beyond the well trodden paths of Asia.

Jasmine Holiday's highlighted tour, "Big Fish" offers travellers the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks, dive with Threshers and visit the Mantas of Manta Bowl.

The 15-day tour takes visitors to Donsol, Ticao, Legaspi, Malapascua and Cebu to experience the marine pelagics of the region. Divers will also get the chance to see wrecks, Gato Cave, white-tip reef sharks and mandarin fish.The tour also allows for overland attractions such as the picturesque Mayon Volcano in Legaspi and the heritage sites of Cebu City.

Travellers on the tour will be staying at the Bayleaf Hotel in Manila, the Ticao Island Resort, Hotel Venezia in Legaspi and the Tepannee Resort in Malapascua.

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More Fun News


PHL ranks 5th in global survey of beachfront hotels

The Philippines has been voted as one of the countries with the most number of hotels truly set on its beaches. This nation of 7107 islands ranked fifth, after Thailand, the United States, Mexico and Spain, and ahead of Greece, Italy and Turkey. The global survey was conducted by the Beachfront Club, a website that maps and details seaside hotels around the world. The survey covered 11,000 hotels in 109 countries.
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Philippines Announced as Host of Routes Asia 2016

It was announced today that in 2016 Routes Asia will head to the Philippines when the event takes place on 06 - 08 March in the vibrant capital city of Manila.

The announcement came during a signing ceremony, which took place at the 20th World Route Development Forum currently taking place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, that cemented the decision that the 14th Routes Asia will be hosted by the Philippine Department of Tourism and co-hosted by Manila International Airport Authority along with their stakeholders Tourism Promotions Board and Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority.

"We are extremely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to host Routes Asia 2016," said Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. of the Philippine Department of Tourism, continuing: "The Philippines is a strong viable option for staging the largest and most important route development forum in Asia. Trade, investment and tourism in the country have grown very rapidly in the last few years creating numerous opportunities for expanding air routes to major points in Asia and the rest of the world. We owe this strong support to all our stakeholders, who have invested their resources and trust in us to make this work for everybody."

Katie Bland, Director Routes for UBM Live commented: "We are delighted that Routes Asia will be in Manila in 2016. Hosting the event will allow the Philippines to increase air services and visitor numbers at a time when the airports' planned expansion offers airlines new opportunities. With superb connections to the whole of Asia, one of the fastest growing economies of Southeast Asia and both a modern and rapidly developing infrastructure, the Philippines is the ideal destination to hold Routes Asia in 2016. Furthermore, with ASEAN Open Skies expected in 2015, this event is sure to be full of opportunities for all our community."

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Dumaguete one of the world’s best places to retire

Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental in Central Visayas, has been chosen as one of the most ideal places to retire around the world in the 2014 Retire Overseas Index.

The study showed that Dumaguete was cited due to its cheap cost of living.

Based on expenses such as rent, gas, electricity, water, cable, groceries, Internet, and entertainment, retirees living in Dumaguete will only need a monthly budget of US$910 or about P40,000.

Dumaguete is also among the best places for retirees and among most expat-friendly destinations because of its beautiful beaches and its large English-speaking community.

The 2014 Retire Overseas Index chose the locations based on 12 factors, namely climate, existing expat community, cost of living, health care, crime, infrastructure, English spoken, real estate, entertainment, residency options, environmental conditions and taxes.
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Where tourists can view glowing lava

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda believes the activity on Mayon Volcano would not affect tourism in the province despite an advisory issued by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) prohibiting activities near the volcano. These include a ban on ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tours, trekking, playing golf at Doña Pepita Golf Course and all other recreational activities within the permanent danger zone and extended danger zone.

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‘Bambikes’ add more fun in Intramuros, jobs in Tarlac

Tourists can now explore Intramuros on “bambikes,” or bicycles whose frames are mostly made from bamboo and abaca fiber, which can be rented as part of a guided tour around the Spanish-era enclave in Manila.
The Bambike Ecotours are offered by Bamb Ecological Technology Inc., founded by Bryan McClelland, a Filipino-American social entrepreneur and ecotourism developer.
The bambikes join the kalesa, all-terrain vehicles and Segways in offering rides around the Walled City. “(But) we don’t just do the touristy stuff. Of course, we go see the key spots like Manila Cathedral. But since our mode of transport is more flexible, we get to go in, out and even atop the Walled City,” McClelland said in an interview.
Hiring a bambike also secures steady employment for at least six “bambuilders” who assemble the bamboo frames from two workshops in a Gawad Kalinga (GK) resettlement village in Sitio Gripo, Barangay Sta. Barbara, in Victoria, Tarlac province.
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PHL is TTG’s ‘Destination of the Year’

The gospel of “fun” continues to spread worldwide, with the Philippines being declared as “Destination of the Year” at the recent 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2014.

“We would like to thank TTG for the invaluable support extended to our organization in our marketing-and information-dissemination efforts. As a trusted travel-trade publication, it has been a formidable partner throughout these years in bringing the Philippines closer to our markets,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., as he personally accepted the award before Asia’s tourism professionals at a ceremony and gala dinner held on October 2 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center in Thailand.

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