The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific, will start evening flights to and from Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island, in July.
Today, the inspired luxury of Conrad Hotels & Resorts makes its debut in the Philippines with the opening of Conrad Manila. Owned by SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation, a subsidiary of SM Investment Corporation and managed by Hilton Worldwide, the 347 room Conrad Manila is located at the forefront of the Mall of Asia complex, in the heart of the 42 hectare Bay City development, a destination earmarked as a shopping, leisure, and business hub.
Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines’ largest airline, has marked the start of twice weekly non-stop flights between Davao and Singapore with great fanfare. The inaugural flight was sent off by Philippine department of tourism assistant secretary Art Boncato and Cebu vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.
Qatar Airways will be adding six extra flights per week between Doha and Manila starting from October 26th. The move follows an expanded Air Service Agreement between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Philippines. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “The increase in flight frequencies on the Doha–Manila route serves to further strengthen commercial and trade links between our two countries and we are delighted to be able to provide our Philippines-based passengers with greater connectivity options.”
YOO Hotels & Resorts is opening its first luxury resort residence in the Philippines. Due for completion in winter 2015, the new beachfront hotel will bring the brand’s trademark union of contemporary design and an impeccable service ethos to the island of Boracay.
The Philippines Department of Tourism has announced a year-long international campaign with leading youth tour operator, STA Travel, in order to promote and expand travel to the destination, from the 19-35 year old market. The Marketing partnership will target six international markets including Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, in order to meet the project objectives set out in the partnership agreement.
The Philippines Department of Tourism has appointed leading travel and tourism public relations and marketing agency, Hills Balfour, to spearhead their new social and digital media campaign in the UK. The partnership has been signed not only to further the tourism board’s digital presence in this territory, but to also increase positive awareness of the destination in the social media sphere.
Officials in the Philippines have urged tourists not to abandon the country as it comes to terms with the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), an unprecedented category five storm, which struck the country last week. The storm, which claimed thousands of lives, was the strongest in recorded history to make landfall in the country.
As many as 10,000 people are now feared dead following the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Many of the dead were located in Tacloban city, with the storm today making landfall in neighbouring Vietnam.
Ramon Jimenez, secretary of tourism, Philippines, speaks to Breaking Travel News at the World Travel & Tourism Council Asia Summit in Seoul, South Korea.
Flooding caused by torrential rain has brought chaos to the Philippine capital of Manila as thousands of people flee their homes, offices and schools. It is feared that the floods, which have killed more than 50 people in recent weeks, could get worse as the Le Mesa damn overflows.