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Sangley airport to be built

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Officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) plan to present to the country’s main economic planning body a proposal to build a US$10-billion international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, by the third quarter of 2015.

The new air gateway, which the government said could be finished by 2025, aims to replace Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which has limited expansion options and suffering from heavy congestion.

PAL integrates terminal fee

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started integrating the cost of passenger-terminal fees for international flights as a component of ticket cost on 1st February 2015.

PAL said the move is being carried out in compliance with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and airline companies operating in the country.

6,000 hotel rooms to open in the Philippines

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More hotels are expected to be introduced in 2015, with close to 6,000 rooms slated for completion, according to property research firm Colliers.

A significant number of hotels slated to open in 2015 are in key business districts in Metro Manila, thereby addressing the need not only for leisure travellers in Entertainment City but also for business travellers, it said.

Philippines is a retirement destination

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Forbes magazine has named the Philippines among the 20 best foreign retirement havens in 2015.  "For U.S. retirees, the principal appeal of the Philippines is a low cost of living in a tropical environment full of English speakers and outdoor beauty," Forbes said.  Among the popular locations for American retirees are Tagaytay and Subic.

"Popular locations include Tagaytay, a suburb of Manila, the capital, that is elevated and therefore cooler, and Subic Bay, with an infrastructure from the old US Navy base," it said.

4.8 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in 2014

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More foreign tourists visited the Philippines in 2014 but their number was still below the government’s 5 million foreign arrivals target for the year.

Data released by the Department of Tourism show that inbound visitors reached 4.833 million in 2014 or 3.25 percent higher than 4.681 million arrivals in 2013.  This year, the government expects 6 million arrivals and in 2016, 10 million.

The month of December delivered the most number of arrivals at 487,654 or 7.73 percent more than in the same period in 2013.  

Pangaea, Chaos night clubs Manila

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Macau-based casino giant Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. will bring in global entertainment brands to its planned integrated resort complex in the Philippines. The company recently added internationally acclaimed nightclub brands of The Ault Group to its growing list of world-renowned partners.
 

Microtel UP Technohub

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Microtel announced that its 13th and latest hotel property, Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub, will have its grand opening in October 2014.
 
Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub is located at the booming IT and commercial development of UP-Ayala Land Technohub along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The hotel features 120 clean and secure guest rooms, a function hall, meeting rooms, roof deck with swimming pool, garden quadrangle, and the third Millie’s restaurant in the country.

Meranti Hotel Quezon City

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Max’s Group Inc. expects to open its first hotel venture by 2015, on a property adjacent to the company’s “heritage store” in Quezon City.
 

Cebu Pacific to fly to New Zealand

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Cebu Pacific has been designated as an official Philippine carrier to New Zealand, Myanmar and Canada.
The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said the decision was made at its recent board meeting, which also granted Cebu Pacific additional entitlements for five international routes from Manila to Singapore, Myanmar, New Zealand and Macau; and from Cebu to Hong Kong.
 

Cebu Pacific flights to Dammam and Riyadh

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Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) will soon launch flights to Dammam and Riyadh, according to the Centre for Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
 
The plan is part of the carrier’s further expansion of its long-haul network from one to six destinations over the next six months in addition to the announced new routes of Sydney and Kuwait.