Month: August 2015

Subic Freeport attracts $20-M leisure project

SUBIC BAY Freeport , Philippines – A new leisure project, estimated to cost about $20 million, will soon rise in this Freeport. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia said Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu visited last week...

The DOT rating the hotel/ resort industry. Why?

Twenty-nine years after the 1986 EDSA Revolution when our battle cry was “Justice for Ninoy, Justice for All,” justice took another beating when the Supreme Court last Thursday gave 91-year-old former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) a provisional...

Tourism Dep’t Struggles to Meet Its Arrival Targets

        In his last State of the Nation Address, President Benigno S. C. Aquino III mentioned the catchphrase “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” and thanked Tourism Secretary Ramon “Mon” R. Jimenez. The President said: “It is...

Tourist arrivals rise 7.7% in six months

MANILA, Philippines – Tourist arrivals increased 7.7 percent in the first half of the year, the Department of Tourism reported. A total of 2,619,625 foreign visitors arrived in the Philippines as of end-June, up from the 2,433,428 arrivals in the same period...