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2 chambers discovered in Great Pyramid, mysteries unsolved – Egyptian official

CAIRO -- Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said on Tuesday that many Pharaohs' mysteries remain unsolved as archaeologists recently unearthed two hidden chambers at the Great Pyramid of Giza. "Many Pharaohs' mysteries remain unsolved, two secret chambers were discovered on Oct. 13 in Khufu's Pyramid," Abu Zeid tweeted on his official Twitter account. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said recently that scientists discovered two anomalies inside Khufu Great Pyramid, which was built 4,500 years ago, adding that one is located at the upper part of the entrance gate and the second at its northeastern side. The ministry launched last year an operation dubbed "Scan Pyramids" to discover the internal secrets of the Great Pyramid of Khufu as well as Bent Pyramid in Giza governorate, south of Cairo. The search team uses new …

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Learning Nihongo in Japan for Filipinos

There’s never been a better time to travel to Japan now that the country has relaxed—not yet lifted—its visa restrictions on Filipino tourists. Data from the Japan Tourism Agency revealed that out of the estimated 19.74 million tourists in Japan in 2015, about 270,000 were Filipinos, relatively small compared with ASEAN neighbors. This does not fully represent, however, the high enthusiasm among Filipinos for all things Japanese, as shown in the Unmei Expo 2016: Career and Study Fair for Japanese Language Enthusiasts last October 16. The expo—organized by Unmei Nihongo Center, a leading Japanese language school in the Philippines—featured big names from the cosplay and anime scenes. It was attended by Japanese companies, Japanese language speakers, industry workers, translators, interpreters, tourist guides and students. Learning Japanese in Japan But more than appreciating Japanese culture, the expo also …

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New Zealand one of top Filipino travel destinations

A total of 17,680 Filipinos visited New Zealand for vacation in the year ending August 2016, representing a 25% increase in Filipino visitors compared to the previous year. In a statement, Tourism New Zealand Regional Manager in South and South East Asia Steven Dixon said the steady rise in tourist arrivals from the Philippines is a good indication of New Zealand’s increasing appeal as a holiday destination. “Increased air capacity, such as Philippines Airlines’ four times weekly direct services via Cairns, has made it easier than ever to visit New Zealand and we are pleased to see how many Filipinos are taking  the opportunity to come and explore. New Zealand is well-known for its eco and adventure tourism packages, evolving fusion cuisine and boutique wineries that are among the best in the world. Mr. …

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New airport to be built near China-Russia border

The construction of a new civilian airport is expected to start soon along China's border with Russia in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. Costing around 1.2 billion yuan (179 million U.S. dollars), the regional airport is designed to handle 450,000 passengers and 3,600 tonnes of cargo and mail annually, according to an official spokesperson with Suifenhe City. It will have a 2,500-meter-long, 45-meter-wide runway, allowing 4,800 take-offs and landings a year, said the spokesperson. The construction of an expressway leading to the airport broke ground on Saturday. Located in the southeastern part of Heilongjiang, Suifenhe is the province's largest port to Russia. It sees nearly a million cross-border trips and its trade volume exceeds 10 billion yuan a year. Customs statistics show nearly 80 percent of Heilongjiang's cargo imported from or exported to Russia passed …

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DoT, Davao bus operator launch Go Mindanao tour bus project

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Davao Metro Shuttle officially launched Thursday the Go Mindanao Tour Bus Project during the Regional Tourism Assembly held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. The launching was highlighted by the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and Go Mindanao (Davao Metro Shuttle) as witnessed by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. "First phase of the Go Mindanao Tour Bus will start in March 2017," Davao Metro Shuttle President De Carlo Uy said. Davao Metro Shuttle revealed the initial destinations of the Go Mindanao Bus Tour namely: Cagayan de Oro, Mati (Davao Oriental), Siargao (Surigao del Norte), Bukidnon, Butuan, Pagadian, Davao, Camiguin. Surigao, Lake Sebu (South Cotabato), Dipolog (Zamboanga del Norte) and Cotabato. Uy said tourists will have the option to …

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Airlines add ‘fire containment bags’ for overheating phones

NEW YORK — Some airlines are taking extra steps to prevent a disaster in case a passenger's device powered by a lithium ion battery catches fire during flight. At least three U.S. airlines are adding new fire-suppression equipment to fleets in case a cellphone or laptop battery overheats, catches on fire and can't be extinguished. The issue has taken on new urgency following incidents of overheating Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, including one on a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this month. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken the unusual step of warning passengers not to use or charge the devices while on board and not to stow them in checked luggage. One of the first airlines to deploy fire-containment bags on its entire fleet was Alaska Airlines. The Seattle-based airline finished adding them to …

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DOT eyes Pacman fight in PH

MANILA -- Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has expressed optimism that Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao might be able to stage a boxing bout in the Philippines, which will be a big boost to the country’s sports tourism. With the signing of the contract afoot for the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant on January 30, 2017, Teo said the Department of Tourism (DOT) is banking on sporting events like boxing championships as a potential visitor market. “Sen. Pacquiao no doubt can help us score a knockout victory in terms of international visitor arrival if he were to fight in the Philippines. Imagine how the world stops to watch it against the backdrop of, let’s say Cebu City,” Teo said. Any of Pacquiao’s top rivals Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jose Manuel Marquez would be …

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Singapore’s Raffles Hotel to shut for renovation

Singapore's historic Raffles Hotel said Tuesday it would shut for several months for renovations to the popular tourist landmark beginning next year. Restoration of the 129-year-old hotel, declared a national monument in 1987, will be done in three phases beginning with the shopping arcade in January, the hotel's management said at a news conference. Work will start on the main hotel building and lobby in mid-2017 before the hotel shuts completely at the end of the year, reopening in mid-2018. Management would not say how much the overhaul of the 103-suite hotel will cost. "We have a rich and colourful history and are about to begin a new chapter in our ongoing story -- a sensitive restoration that will enable us to continue to offer what our guests expect and value," said Diana Banks, …

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World’s longest sightseeing escalator awaits you in Central China

A 688-meter-long sightseeing escalator made its debut during the past week-long National Day holiday, contributing to tourists’ visits at Enshi Grand Canyon in Enshi city, Central China’s Hubei province. “The escalator is the world’s longest sightseeing one, costing each visitor 20 yuan ($2.98)”, said an insider, who went on saying that visitors can enjoy the beautiful sights by taking less time and effort thanks to the escalator. Using a steel concrete structure and a wooden structure, the escalator was built along the mountain in a “∑” shape at Qixingzhai scenic spot, a must-see at Enshi Grand Canyon. “The whole engineering plan focused on ecological protection, which can be seen from the wooden structure and grey tile at the top of the escalator”, said Xiong Yan, who is in charge of the project and …

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1,000-year-old stone island emerges in Poyang Lake

Poyang Lake, China's largest freshwater lake, recently transitioned into its dry season, nearly two months earlier than usual. Luoxingdun, a stone island with a 1,000-year history was even exposed to the air due to the exceedingly low water level. After the flood season in Jiangxi province, the water level of Poyang Lake kept decreasing from mid-July. According to the local hydrology department, a lack of precipitation contributed to the rapid decline of the water level.

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