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Army & Navy Club Hotel

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After standing at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Kalaw Street for 103 years, the historic Manila Army & Navy Club in the City of Manila has begun to be “reinvented” to meet the needs of modern times.
 
Workmen started tearing down parts of the Army & Navy Club on 3rd September 2014 with the permission of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as part of plans to redevelop it into a boutique hotel.
 

Mount Hamiguitan is new UNESCO heritage site

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government officials of Davao Oriental are preparing for the expected influx of local and foreign tourists to the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS), which was recently declared a world heritage site by the United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
 

Eight New Tourism Zones

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The House of Representatives has identified eight sites across the country as new tourist zones.
The chamber, during a plenary session held on 26th August 2014, voted to approve on third and final reading several measures declaring the following as tourism spots: Puraran Beach in Baras, Catanduanes; Five Mabinay Caves in Mabinay, Negros Oriental; Balinsayao and Danao twin lakes in Sibulan, Negros Oriental; Nati Spring in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; and the entire province of Misamis Oriental.
 

Terminal Fee Included in Tickets

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International passengers departing the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will no longer have to line up to pay the terminal fee starting 1st October 2014.
 
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it will start implementing the integration of terminal fee in the cost of airline ticket next month. The one-year transition integration programme would start on 1st October 2014, while the full implementation of the policy would be October 2015.
 

Cebu Pacific is Best Budget Airline

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Aviation think tank Centre for Aviation recently has cited Cebu Pacific Air as the Asia-Pacific Low-Cost Carrier of the Year, during the recently concluded CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence in Singapore.

Cebu Pacific Air chief executive adviser Garry Kingshott received the award from CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison. CAPA–Centre for Aviation is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services, covering worldwide developments.

Lucio Tan retakes PAL

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Two companies controlled by tycoon Lucio Tan have offered to buy out minority shareholders in PAL Holdings Inc. in a bid to solidify its control of the airline.
 
PAL Holdings said Buona Sorte Holdings Inc. and Horizon Global Investments Ltd., two companies associated with Mr. Tan, offered to acquire the shares of other minority shareholders in the company.

Manila Pavilion opens Alcuaz rooms

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The Manila Pavilion Hotel announced the opening of the new Alcuaz function rooms in November to cater to weddings, corporate meetings, social, soireés and other social events.
 
The Alcuaz function rooms are located at the third floor of Manila Pavilion Hotel. They can accommodate up to 300 people and can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit a guest’s needs, the hotel said.
 

Ayala Land exits Puerto Azul

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Property developer Ayala Land Inc. has exited its plan to acquire Puerto Azul seaside estate in Cavite from Boulevard Holdings Inc. (BHI), a resort developer led by businessman Jose Panlilio. BHI said it received letters from Ayala Land cancelling with finality its request for reconsideration regarding the planned ALI-BHI Puerto Azul memorandum of agreement dated 13th March 2014.

Manila Bay Resorts to hire 8,000 workers

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The group of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada is preparing to hire about 8,000 workers to staff the initial phase of its integrated casino project in Entertainment City along Manila Bay in Parañaque City, which is scheduled to open in late 2015.
 
Officials of Okada-led Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc., which will operate the US$2-billion Manila Bay Resorts, said the recruitment drive is aimed at luring experienced hotel, entertainment and casino workers from the Philippines and overseas.
 

Hotel Okura Manila

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Japanese hotel chain Okura Hotels and Resorts will open its first hotel in the country at the gaming and resort complex Entertainment City in Parañaque City.
 
Okura Hotels and Resorts has formalised its partnership with Resorts World Bayshore City Inc. (RWBCI) for the management and operation of the Hotel Okura Manila.