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A world-class theme park and wakeboard facility site are now under construction on a 250-hectare property in the village of Prado Siongco in Lubao, Pampanga, where the balloon festival will be held for four days on 10th to 13th April 2014.
The annual event was previously held at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga. It was first staged in 1994 to spark economic activities and lift the morale of local residents affected by the series of eruptions of Mount Pinatubo beginning 1991.
Popular American reality TV series Survivor, which was filmed on the idyllic Palaui Island in Cagayan province, began airing its new season, “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” on 27th February 2014.
Filipino film producers who joined the production said USA Survivor’s 27th and 28th seasons were filmed at Palaui Island, showcasing the sustainable tourism initiative of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
Panagbenga, Baguio City’s flower festival, proved to be the country’s most lucrative, tourist attraction.
After being able to usher in at least 4 million visitors, the government-backed, community-led festival which was also shown worldwide through live streaming, could be worth at least PhP15 billion, organisers said.
People of Albay province consider as another economic milestone their having easily hurdled last week’s hosting assessment for the forthcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum events by the national organising council.
Some 3.3 million foreign and domestic tourists visited Central Visayas in 2013, despite the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces on 15th October and typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated Eastern Visayas on 8th November 2013.
The figure represents a 12.45-percent increase from the 2.9 million visitors recorded in 2012 and surpassed the original target of 3.03 million tourists for 2013.
Boracay and Palawan were once again cited as among the best islands in Asia.
The two were included in this year’s “Top 10 Islands in Asia” list of TripAdvisor, a popular travel ratings website. Boracay ranked sixth, while Palawan landed in the eighth spot. Ko Tao in Surat Thani province in Thailand topped the list of TripAdvisor, which is based on travellers’ reviews and ratings. This was followed by Bali (Indonesia), Ko Phangan (Thailand), Ko Lanta (Thailand) and Gili Trawangan (Indonesia).
Several foreign airlines were asked to transfer their operations to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA3) as early as April 2014, while Terminal 1 undergoes a facelift,
"We told them that we might be ready to receive them some time April or May. But they requested for another one year for their lounges. That's their worry, so we offered them the government lounges to make sure that they would be transferred," Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was quoted as saying.
International visitor arrivals grew 5.8 percent to 461,363 in January 2014 from 436,079 in the same month last year, according to a report by Philippine Star. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said tourism receipts from inbound visitors in January this year amounted to US$469 million.
SM Megamall Building D opened on January 28, 2014, marking the return of the ice skating rink and the birth of speed skating in the Philippines, the SM Group said.
It said such a feat, considered almost impossible in a tropical country, is an affirmation of the vision of SM founder Henry Sy Sr. who once dreamt that all Filipinos could be given a chance to skate on ice.