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Flights to Israel soon

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Israel and the Philippines have sealed a new air services agreement to boost the movement of tourists between Manila and Tel Aviv.
 
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Israel Ambassador Menashe Bar signed the agreement.  Israel is the biggest tourist destination of Filipinos in the Eastern Mediterranean, but there are no direct flights between Manila and Tel Aviv, prompting Filipinos and Israelis to take connecting flights.
 

More flights between the Philippines and Canada

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More flights are expected to be launched soon between the Philippines and Canada, after the two countries adopted a new air services agreement.
 
Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmello Arcilla said the new air agreement between the Philippines and Canada amended the one signed in December 2008.  
 

Why do tourists come to the Philippines?

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Some 1.7 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in January to April 2014, representing a growth of 2.9 percent from a year ago, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).
 
The 2.9-percent increase in international visitor arrivals in the four-month period this year, however, was slower than 10.1-percent rise in 2013, 14.6 percent in 2012, 13.3 percent in 2011 and 10.1 percent in 2010.
 
 

Seda Hotel opens at Nuvali, Laguna

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Ayala Land Inc. has opened a Seda Hotel at Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The 150-room Seda hotel in Laguna combines the features of a city hotel and a resort to cater to a booming metropolis, ALI’s unit AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts (AHRC) said.
 
The opening of Nuvali hotel has increased Seda’s total inventory in the Philippines to 815 rooms in just 14 months since the launch of its flagship property in Bonifacio Global City.
 

Hyatt Hotel in City of Dreams Manila

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Hyatt will be the third hotel brand that will locate at the US$1.26-billion City of Dreams Manila.
Hong Kong-listed Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. said the Hyatt brand follows the Crown Towers Hotel and Nobu Hotel that will also rise within the complex, which is scheduled to open by the third quarter of the year.
 
 

Go Hotel Ortigas to open in August

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Go Hotels will open three new branches this year, bringing the total number of budget hotels in its network to 10.
 
Go Hotels sales and marketing Assistant Manager Adrian Ong said a branch in Ortigas Center, near Robinsons Galleria is set for opening in August, while the Butuan and Davao City hotels will start operations before the year ends.
 

Conrad Manila Nears Completion

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SM Prime Holdings Inc.’s hotel unit is spending PhP2.5 billion to double the number of hotels under its portfolio to 10 by 2018 to tap the vast potential of tourism in the country.
 
SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. President Elizabeth Sy said the company has identified Clark, North Edsa, Iloilo, Bacolod and another location as the next sites for hotel projects.  She said one hotel project would cost about PhP500 million.
 

Sol Marina Resort in Boracay

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Businessman Alfredo Yao is investing PhP1.5 billion to expand the capacity of luxury resort Sol Marina Resort on Boracay Island, as part of plans to scale up his tourism-oriented real estate portfolio.
 
Apart from the expansion of Sol Marina in Boracay, Mr. Yao said he is bringing the Sol Marina brand to Coron in Palawan and would put up a hotel under a different brand in Baguio City.
 

PAL Flying to New York

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started flying the newer Boeing 777-330ER to the United States, while selling the 747-400 jets it retired following an air safety ratings upgrade by the US.
 
PAL’s Boeing 777 bound for Los Angeles took off for the first time on 3rd May 2014, the airline said.  The new aircraft will meanwhile start servicing the Manila-San Francisco route in early June.
 

Luneta Hotel Opens in Manila

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The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has unveiled a historical marker at the newly-reopened Luneta Hotel in Manila.
 
Luneta Hotel was reconstructed jointly by its private owners and the NHCP.  Because it was considered a historical site, NHCP ensured that every detail of the hotel since it first opened for business in 1918 was restored.