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Visiting Guam: A bit of history and a whole lot of...

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter Despite being a US territory, the small island of Guam in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has quite a number...

Boosting tourism after Marawi

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Twenty-seventeen was a difficult year for Mindanao as one of its main cities, Marawi in Lanao del Sur, reeled from...

Halal industry eyed to encourage Muslim tourists

By Carmelito Q. Francisco Correspondent DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DoT) in the region has started its inventory of halal-friendly establishments with the goal...

TIEZA approves P10M for drafting Davao City tourism master plan

DAVAO CITY, which has seen a surge in visitors since mid-2016 following the election of its former mayor, Rodrigo R. Duterte, as the country’s...

Baguio mayor suspends classes as tourist influx causes road congestion

THE NOV. 13-15 holiday declared in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga for the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit has drawn tourists...

Think tank says implementation issues to hinder tourist tax

A TAX on foreign tourists has the potential to raise additional revenue for the government at a negligible cost to foreign travelers, though such...

Cebu provincial gov’t to review ‘Big 5’ tourism program as town...

CEBU’S “Big 5” tourism program, which focuses on five towns in the southern half of the province, will be reviewed as mayors of other...

Italy plies visitors with wine as it eyes tourism catch-up

BOLGHERI, ITALY – Eating lunch in Italy’s Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this...

Davao delegation in Japan for tourism, investment road show

A TEAM from the Davao City government and private sector representatives are in Japan this week to make a pitch for increased Japanese tourists...

Golden getaway: cost, safety prompt more Chinese tourists to stay closer...

SHANGHAI – As China’s army of tourists prepares for this week’s “Golden Week” vacation, the hottest destinations aren’t Paris, New York or Tokyo. Instead,...

Chicago is more popular with tourists than ever

By Nikki Ekstein Bloomberg CHICAGO, described by President Trump and others as a hellish, dystopian crime scene akin to a “war-torn nation” and “worse than Afghanistan”...

Bangkok remains top global tourist destination

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter SINGAPORE -- Asian cities -- led by Bangkok -- remain the destinations of choice of global tourists this year,...

South Koreans still pushing for Iloilo-Incheon flights

ILOILO CITY -- South Koreans residing in Iloilo, majority of them students, remain hopeful that direct flights to and from Incheon will push through. Moon...

Mactan airport operator aims to double number of airlines

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter DIVERSIFIED engineering conglomerate Megawide Construction Corp. expects to double the number of airlines flying in and out of the Mactan-Cebu...

Beer, Nazis, and a palaceTaking a tour of Munich

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor Hundreds of thousands head to world’s biggest beer festival in Theresienwiese, Munich every year. This year,...

Beatles fans, start planning your pilgrimage to India now

By Patrick Scott, Bloomberg PAUL SALTZMAN was stoned — not on drugs, but on inner peace — as he sat cross-legged in an ashram bungalow...

Singapore launches its new branding

AFTER SEVEN YEARS, Singapore is retiring its tourism branding — Your Singapore — and replacing it with something that “is a reflection of who...

Paris revels in tourism surge, but cautious after Barcelona

PARIS – Paris is on track to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a bumper first half, a senior official said,...

PATA’s travel forum scheduled in September

THE Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Philippines Chapter will hold the fourth edition of its annual Pinoy Chikka Travel Forum on Sept. 19, 1...

A hot time in Paris

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia Summer is a great time to visit Paris. After all, the days are filled with sunshine, and...

Forget casinos, Singapore’s Indian tourists are cruising

SINGAPORE -- When Indian architect Rahul Maini and his parents embarked on their first trip abroad in May, Singapore was their destination of choice. But...

No letup against human trafficking, immigration bureau says

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) affirmed on Friday that there will be no letup in its campaign against human trafficking as it reported that...

Deals at the 2017 Great Singapore Sale

THE Great Singapore Sale (GSS) -- one of Asia’s biggest shopping extravaganzas -- is ongoing until Aug. 13. Presented by the Singapore Retailers Association...

Bare Necessities

By Zsarlene B. Chua Hand in hand with the growth of budget airlines came the rise of budget accommodations which provide the bare necessities for...

Korea’s ports are calling

MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music, beauty products, the hanbok, the...

Sailing away

IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced that its flagship, the Superstar Virgo,...

The flowers of Panagbenga

THE CITY of Baguio blooms in February when it holds its annual flower festival, the Panagbenga — a Kankanaey term which means “a season...

Tourism Enterprise Zones pushed

By Zsarlene B. Chua In hopes of attracting more investment in the tourism sector, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has finally put...

Wondrous Gangwon

There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the beaten track to discover some...

Wondrous Gangwon

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the...

Korea’s ports are calling

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music,...

Sailing away

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced...

Zaragoza: A city of Romans and the Virgin Mary

By Alicia A. Herrera The cultural treasures that are Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Bilbao are usually on a traveler’s itinerary when visiting Spain. Add Aviles...

The flowers of Panagbenga

THE CITY of Baguio blooms in February when it holds its annual flower festival, the Panagbenga -- a Kankanaey term which means “a season...

Tourism Enterprise Zones pushed

By Zsarlene B. Chua In hopes of attracting more investment in the tourism sector, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has finally put...

How to survive the longest flight in the world

EARLY LAST MONTH, Qatar Airways took the prize for longest airline route when it debuted its 17-hour, 30-minute flight between Auckland and Doha. Not...

Trip hacks from a germaphobic traveler

By Maxwell Williams, Bloomberg For Hollywood royalty, Sunset Tower Hotel is the place to escape. The art deco building, located on the Sunset Strip, is both...

‘It was all worth it’

By Carmencita A. Carillo DAVAO CITY — It almost did not happen. After the Philippines successfully hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant last month, Tourism Secretary...

Hong Kong for Christmas

BEYOND the cityscapes and cosmopolitan escapades, there is more to Hong Kong than what instantly meets the eye. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) wants...

Novotel’s eventful year

IT’S BEEN A YEAR since AccorHotels’ Novotel brand opened in Quezon City’s commercial center, Cubao and what a year it has been for the...

Whales in the wild: rare gem amid Thailand mass tourism

GULF OF THAILAND — Piercing the water’s surface with its almond-shaped mouth, a giant Bryde’s whale opens wide for one, two, three seconds, gulping...

Ampalaya juice, 'bubbles,' and other Taiwan discoveries

Text and photos by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Taiwan is associated with milk tea and Meteor Garden. But beyond its drinks that sell for a...

Celebrating the synergy of sports and tourism

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo THE BURGEONING sports tourism scene and industry in the country got added dimension recently with the holding of the first-ever...

New Zealand, the land of sheep and Lord of the Rings

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua AFTER A HALF DAY-LONG plane ride I found myself in the southern hemisphere, battling the chilly winds that somehow...