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Mandarin Hotel at Fort Bonifacio

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The Hong Kong-based parent of the Mandarin Oriental hotel and landlord Ayala Land are in advanced state of negotiations to cut short the luxury hotel's property lease in Makati City, according to reports.
 
In return, Ayala Land will offer Mandarin Oriental a comparable-sized property that is within walking distance from the future Philippine Stock Exchange headquarters in The Fort.
 

Seda Hotel Quezon City to Open

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Property developer Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) is boosting its hotel portfolio in Metro Manila with a PhP2.5-billion Seda Hotel in Quezon City.
 
The new development will cater to the underserved market in Quezon City while contributing to ALI’s goal of hitting 4,000 hotel rooms by 2016.   “We’re planning a Seda Hotel in Quezon City. We think that is an unserved market,” said Mr. Jose Emmanuel H. Jalandoni, Vice-President and group head of Ayala Hotels and Resorts.
 

Admiral Hotel to become MGallery Hotel Manila

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Anchor Land Holdings Inc. is spending over PhP1 billion to rebuild the historic Admiral Hotel along Roxas Boulevard in Manila into a five-star boutique hotel.
 
Anchor Land Vice Chairman Steve Li said the company has tapped Accor group to manage the 150-room hotel.  Mr. Li said the redevelopment of Admiral Hotel would start in the third quarter of 2014 and would be completed by the last quarter of 2016.
 

Skyjet Flights to Boracay

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SkyJet Airlines has launched the fastest flights and only jet-service from Manila to Boracay Island via Caticlan Airport on 15th April 014. The airline began operating the route with three flights per week.
 
In May, the airline will increase its frequency between Manila and Caticlan to daily service just in time for the peak summer season. The new flights to Boracay are in addition to SkyJet's existing flights to Basco, Batanes, and Coron, Palawan.
 

Hot-air Balloon Festival in Lubao, Pampanga

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The 150 hotels in Balanga City and Bataan province were fully booked in April in time for the staging of the Philippine International Balloon Festival in Prado Siongco, Lubao town, Pampanga.
The hot-air balloon festival was held on 10th to 13th April 2014 at a 250-hectare world-class tourism estate with a wakeboard in Barangay Prado Siongco. The venue is some 3 kilometres away from Dinalupihan, the only landlocked town of Bataan.
 
 

New Airport in Manila

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San Miguel Corp. plans to present a proposal to the government soon for a new US$10 billion airport in Luzon.
 
San Miguel Corp. and Philippine Airlines President Ramon Ang said the company is set to present its plan for an alternative international airport in Manila in May.   San Miguel, which owns a portion of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, announced last year its intention to build a new facility to replace the ageing airport currently in use.
 

World Ecotourism Conference in Cebu

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have unveiled a nine-year National Ecotourism Strategy and Action Plan (NES) at the 5th World Ecotourism Conference (WEC) in Cebu City.
 
The launching of the NES was the highlight of the three-day international conference attended by about 400 representatives from government, civil society, private sector, and the academe from all over the world to discuss development and sustainability of industries linked to ecotourism.
 

Azamara Journey in Manila

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed over a thousand guests, officers, and crew aboard the posh Azamara Journey, one of the luxury boutique-style vessels of the Azamara Club Cruises fleet, on 2nd April 2014. 
 
The ship made a maiden call at the Eva Macapagal Passenger Terminal in Manila South Harbour for an overnight stay in Manila as part of a 17-night Southeast Asian voyage that hailed from Hong Kong, Sandakan, Papolo of Sulawesi, Komodo, Bali, and Semarang before finally heading to its last stop in Singapore.
 

More Philippine Flights to US and Europe

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With local airlines cleared to expand flights to the US and Europe, the Philippines is now on the verge of a tourism boom.
 
After more than six years in Category 2 status, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) upgraded the Philippines' safety rating to Category 1, allowing local airlines to mount more flights to the US.  The European Union also allowed Cebu Pacific to fly to Europe.
 

How Many Foreign Tourists Visited the Philippines as of February 2014

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International visitor arrivals increased 3.5 percent year-on-year in the first two months of 2014, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).  The Philippines welcomed 884,014 visitors in January and February this year, up from 854,187 arrivals recorded a year ago.  The month of January supplied 461,383 visitors which was 5.8 percent higher than a year ago while the month of February provided 422,631 visitors for a growth of 1.1 percent.