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Go Hotel Branches

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Robinsons Land Corp. has opened a new 167-room budget hotel in Iloilo, the seventh under the fast-growing no-frills hotel portfolio under the Go Hotels brand.

The newest Go Hotel branch is the second-biggest in RLC’s Go Hotels portfolio and an integral part of the city’s first full-service mall, Robinsons Place Iloilo.

Tune Hotels and Branches in the Philippines

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Hotel developer and leading Tune Hotel franchisee Red Planet Hotels Inc. is scaling up its presence in the Philippines with the opening of three new hotels, expanding its local chain to 10 key locations.

Red Planet CEO Tim Hansing said the company would invest around US$80 million in the Philippines for its growing no-frills hotel chain. This investment would cover 10 hotels, seven of which are already up and running.

Cebu Pacific Will Fly to Israel

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Cebu Air Inc., operator of budget airline Cebu Pacific, has filed an application for a permit to launch flights to Israel.

The airline unit of the Gokongwei group asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to designate Cebu Pacific as official Philippine carrier to Israel.  It also seeks an allocation of seven flight frequencies to Tel Aviv under Route 1 in accordance with the recently concluded air services agreement between the Philippines and Israel.

Top Philippine Destinations in 2014

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Rought Guides, a leading travel publication, has included the Philippines in its list of Top 10 countries to visit this year.

Rough Guides, which was first published in 1992, ranked the Philippines 10th in its “Top 10 countries” list for 2014, citing the archipelago’s “dazzling array of pristine reefs, volcanoes, sleepy backpacker islands and the famed rice terraces.”

It also noted how the Philippines recently suffered a blow from super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

How Many Filipinos Travel in the Philippines?

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Four in ten Filipinos visited a place within the country in 2012, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The NSO said based on the 2012 household survey on domestic visitors, some 25.7 million Filipinos who were at least 15 years old travelled to any place within the country from April to September 2012.

Results of the study also showed there were more female travellers (52.2 percent) than their male counterparts (47.8 percent) and most of them were young.

5.7 Million Tourists Target in 2014

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Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. believes the Philippines can attract 5.7 million visitors in 2014.

Revenues from domestic tourism are also expected to hit PhP1.4 trillion in 2014, higher by PhP110.6 billion compared to 2013 earnings due to the projected increase in the daily expenditures by domestic tourists.

The DOT estimates domestic tourists to reach 47.7 million in 2014, up from 44.1 million in 2013. The average length of stay of local tourists remains at about five nights.

Visitor Arrivals Increase 11 Percent

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International visitor arrivals increased 11.2 percent to 3.867 million in the first 10 months of 2013 from 3.478 million a year ago, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Visitors from South Korea, the United States and China comprised the biggest chunk of the almost 4 million tourist arrivals in the 10-month period, which represent 70.3 percent of the targeted 5.5 million arrivals for 2013.

1 Billion Global Tourists

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International tourist arrivals grew 5 percent year-on-year in 2013, reaching a record 1.087 billion arrivals, according to the latest World Tourism Barometer of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Despite global economic challenges, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4 percent to 4.5 percent growth.

Philippines is Best Tropical Island

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The Philippines was dubbed the "Best Tropical Island Destination" by Chinese daily Shanghai Morning Post.

Winners in various categories are based on a consumer survey done by the newspaper and partner Shanghai QQ.com, a giant social media platform in China.

Other winning international destinations with individual citations included Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada, France, United Kingdom and South Korea, which emerged as the most popular destination for the Chinese.

London as a Sightseeing Destination for Filipinos

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London BridgeLondon, the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s financial hubs, presents the charm of an old world as well as the modern conveniences of a first-class city.
 
When Philippine Airlines relaunched its flights to London on November 4, 2013, after a 15-year hiatus, Filipino tourists are given an easier access to Europe via London.  PAL provides direct, non-stop flights of 14 to 15 hours between Manila and London.