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Asians are Biggest Tourism Spenders

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Asia-Pacific will overtake Europe as the region whose tourists spend the most money overseas within 10 years.

Spending by tourists from Asia-Pacific will reach nearly US$753 billion by 2023, increasing the region's share of global spend to 40 percent from 25 percent in 2012.

A study commissioned by travel technology firm Amadeus said travellers from Europe will account for 34 percent of global outbound spend by the same year, down from 45 percent in 2012.

PAL and Cebu Pacific fly to Tokyo

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Cebu Pacific Air launched flights to two new destinations in Japan on 30th March 2014.

Cebu Pacific became the first Philippine low-cost carrier to operate direct daily flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita) and four times weekly flights from Manila to Nagoya.

Marco Polo Ortigas opens

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The newest five-star hotel property in Metro Manila – Marco Polo Ortigas Manila recently opened its doors to the public in one of the country’s prime business districts, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Acclaimed to be the Philippines’ first sky hotel, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila houses 316 luxurious rooms and suites specially-designed for the new age business and leisure travellers.
 

Miranti Hotel to open in Quezon City

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The Max's Restaurant Group is building a 60-room hotel in Quezon City right across the first Max's Restaurant branch.

Max's Branding Director Jim Fuentebella said the hotel called Miranti will price its rooms at the PhP4,000-a-night range when it opens late next year. It will serve as a template for other Max's branches in key cities, especially to franchise owners who have the adjoining real estate for the hospitality extension.

Paris Hilton-designed club opens in Paranaque

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Century Properties has completed and turned over the third tower at its beach inspired condominium development Azure Urban Resort in Parañaque City.

The Azure's beach club, designed by celebrity Paris Hilton, and the first phase of the beach have also been completed and officially opened mid-March.  Century Properties said the third Azure tower, St. Tropez, will turn over close to 600 units in March. The first two towers, Rio and Santorini, delivered 1,700 units in 2013.

Emirates Airlines to stop flights to Clark

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Emirates Airlines will stop flying between Dubai and Clark in Pampanga on 1st May this year, seven months after it launched the operations at the Clark International Airport.

“Emirates can confirm that it is suspending its daily, non-stop service between Clark International Airport and Dubai from 1st May 2014. The decision was made after a review of the airline’s operations to ensure the best utilisation of its aircraft fleet for its overall business objectives," Emirates Spokesman Maria Elena Alba said.

Tune Hotel Ortigas opens

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nternationally owned and operated hotel brand Tune Hotels announced the opening of the 182-room Tune Hotel Ortigas.  Located in the heart of Ortigas’ central business district on Shaw Boulevard, the property is the eighth Tune Hotel to open in the Philippines in the last two years after Angeles City, Ermita, Makati, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Quezon City.

Red Planet Hotels, which operates Tune Hotels, said two more hotels will open in the Philippines in 2014, further strengthening the company’s confidence and commitment to the local tourism industry.

KidZania Manila set to open in 2015

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Interactive children’s city theme park KidZania expects to host more than 600,000 visitors annually once it opens at Bonifacio Global City early next year.

Combining education and entertainment, Play Innovations President and CEO Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas said the PhP1-billion interactive kid-sized city will cater to youngsters, from age 4 to 14, with over 100 role-playing activities in various establishments set up within its two-level area.

International Airlines Transfer to NAIA Terminal 3

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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.

The Philippines is Value for Money Destination

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The Philippines has been recognised as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit, where tourists get “value for their money”.

Results of online survey Huffington Post Travel 2014 show that the Philippines is a top pick for “bargain hunters, outdoorsy types and the food obsessed.”

Aside from the Philippines, other places that can “deliver big but cost little” are Greece; Mexico City; Bucharest, Romania; India; Sofia, Bulgaria; Nicaragua; and Riga, Latvia.