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Davao’s Kadayawan Festival kicks off

By Lilian C. Mellejor, Philippine News Agency DAVAO CITY, Aug. 15 -- The week-long Kadayawan Festival kicked off late Monday afternoon at the People’s Park, highlighting more on the culture, tradition and the plight of the 11 tribes of Davao. “Kadayawan is all about Davao's 'beautiful uniqueness',” said Chief Information officer Jeffrey Tupas, who is also taking charge of the Kadayawan media blitz. Tupas said the celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw was not only about thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest but also educating locals and tourists of Davao’s uniqueness. This year’s festival is offered to the Kalagan or Kagan, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Iranum, Sama- Badjao, Tausog, Tagabawa, Ata, Ovu Manuvos, Matigsalog, and Klata-Guiangan tribes of the city. "We hope to give meaning to the celebration by looking at the lives of our brothers and sisters, Lumads …

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China tourism revenue up 12.4% in H1

BEIJING -- China's tourism industry raked in 2.25 trillion yuan (USD346 billion) in revenue on the first half of the year, up 12.4 percent year on year, official statistics showed on Monday. Domestic tourists made 2.24 billion trips in the first half, an increase of 10.5 percent. Inbound and outbound trips edged up 4.1 percent to 127 million, China National Tourism Administration (NTA) said. Tourism has become a strong engine for economic growth. The sector contributed 10.8 percent to GDP last year and created 10.2 percent of new jobs, according to NTA data. China's spending in the tourism sector is likely to triple by 2020, to 3 trillion yuan, said NTA head Li Jinzao, during the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in May. China invested more than 1 trillion yuan in the …

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Antipolo’s Rainforest hammock

Did you know that the biggest hammock dangles above a rainforest in the province of Rizal? It is nicely tucked inside the Masungi Geo-Reserve in Tanay. @baggigay shared Insider's video in an Instagram post

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Destination: Manjuyod sandbar, Bais’ dolphins

The Manjuyod Sandbar and Bais City's famous pod of whales and dolphins (in the Tañon Strait) are two of the oft-visited destinations in the idyllic province of Oriental Negros. Video courtesy of Margarita Torillo's Facebook account from a post by Ashley Yee

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Time for Taiwan: Taiwan’s 2016 tourism promotions program

To introduce travel to Taiwan, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau presented a promotions program simply dubbed "Time for Time!" on July 10, 2016 in Manila. The event unfolded at Meeting Room 7 of the SMX Convention Center on the 2nd Floor. During the program Taiwan Tourism introduced to the local Philippine people the best tour package program to Taiwan, a free lucky draw of free flight tickets, hotel accommodation vouchers and several Taiwan special gifts prepared for the attendees. The program activity was held at the same time as the Travel Madness Fair in Manila. Taiwan Tourism specially invited famous local celebrities, and famous bloggers to be the program promoter for the event, as well as introducing tasty food, shopping, romantic love scenery, flower seasons, and amusement parks in Taiwan. The event also …

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3 PHL islands land in New York-based magazine’s World’s Best Islands

By Azer N. Parrocha, Philippine News Agency MANILA, July 10 -- Three Philippine islands— Palawan, Boracay and Cebu — have taken the world by storm by making it to New York-based magazine Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine’s World’s Best Islands list this year. In an annual survey conducted by T+L, readers were asked to rate destinations all over the world according to their activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness and overall value. Results this week revealed that Palawan clinched the top rank after receiving the highest score among readers at 93.71. This is the second time that Palawan topped the list since it first reached the top spot in 2013. T+L writer Melanie Lieberman described Palawan as a place where “visitors are greeted with mountains rising out of impossibly turquoise waters, where shipwrecks …

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Asia World Hospitality pushes for curricula upgrade to keep up with global standards

Asia World Hospitality, the official representative of American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) in the Philippines, is eyeing to further develop and upgrade the country’s hospitality education industry through its first-ever series of Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) workshops held between May to June. The workshops are geared towards equipping the local hospitality educators with much-needed skills to be at par with the global standards—the challenges of which have been magnified with the ASEAN integration and the institutionalization of K to 12. The Department of Tourism has also said recently that they are looking into fostering the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry to align academic programs and industry needs. “The ASEAN Integration and the switch to K to 12 are certainly great steps ahead for the Philippines but these, …

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Netizens react on possible holding of Miss U in PH

Social media users have different opinions on the possible holding of the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines in 2017. Many netizens got excited upon hearing the news that Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo has already met with a Miss Universe Organization official about the holding of the prestigious pageant in the country. "OMG (Oh my God) Miss Universe 2017 in PH. Make it happen,” said Twitter user @topepe_. "Miss Universe to be held in PH? Hope it could happen again soon,” wrote @MahusayMagTweet. “Makakatulong yan sa tourism ng Pilipinas (That will boost the country’s tourism),” commented Facebook user Joanne Villones De Silva. “It’s better to host Miss Universe rather than an Olympic game. Kaunti lang ang gastos. Tourism ang tataas at kikita (It’s better to host Miss Universe rather than an Olympic game. The …

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‘Brexit’ no impact on PHL inbound tourism — DOT

By Azer N. Parrocha, Philippine News Agency MANILA, June 28 -- A tourism official on Tuesday said that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European or ‘Brexit’ will have no impact on Philippine inbound tourism. Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Rolando ‘Alan’ Cañizal said that while it might not affect inbound tourism, it might make it more difficult for Filipinos to travel to both UK and other European regions. “We do not see any impact on inbound tourism to the Philippines but more for Filipinos going there as visa requirements may become stricter,” Cañizal said in a text message. The DOT official, however, said that it is too early to tell. “It is too early to assess its (Brexit) impact as the implementation will still need to undergo certain processes within …

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Thousands flock to Christo work and walk on water

ISEO, Italy - Thousands of people stepped out onto the latest work by renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in northern Italy Saturday, seizing their chance to ''walk on water''. The most eager among fans of Christo, as he is universally known, spent the night camped to be the first to step onto a walkway of 200,000 floating cubes covered in orange fabric floating atop Lake Iseo.   They create a three kilometre (1.9 mile)-long runway that connects the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the lake. ''It's a very physical project, you need to go there (to understand it),'' Christo said Thursday of the project called ''The Floating Piers'' which is open to the public from June 18 to July 3. ''The Floating Piers'' cost 15 million euros …

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