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By Rina Jimenez-David
My first stop in this city, on a day for sightseeing, was, would you believe, a local Starbucks.
By Belinda A. Aquino
At the risk of sounding like the tourism authority, I am making a strong pitch for Costa Rica as a “must-see country,” which is so different from other tourist destinations elsewhere—clean, green, pristine, peaceful and probably the only independent nation in the world that does not have a military, but more about that later.
The planned P250-million makeover of Roxas Boulevard for the forthcoming World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2014 and the Asia Pacific Economic Forum in 2015 is long overdue and a shot in the arm for Philippine tourism.
By Neal H. Cruz
Here IS the latest on the controversy over the sale of the long-abandoned McAdore Hotel in Dagupan City:
It’s a first in our history, according to the Department of Tourism: Two million tourists visited in the first five months of the year—a 10.54-percent increase from the same period in 2012. “This building enthusiasm for the Philippines,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, “gives us the confidence to achieve our target of 10 million tourist arrivals by 2016.”
By Neal H. Cruz
The McAdore Hotel is an abandoned building in Dagupan City. When it was built years ago, it was the pride of Dagupan, earning the monikers “International Palace” and “Star of the North.” The owners had such grand plans for it.
By Peter Wallace
Ten million tourists by 2016. Can it be done? Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez thinks so, and with a growth of 37 percent since he took over (or a yearly growth of around 12 percent) compared to an average annual growth in the previous decade of 5.6 percent, there’s a distinct possibility.
By Randy David
I had strong reservations about going on a long motorcycle ride in this sweltering summer heat. When you are on a bike and you are going fast, you don’t notice you are sweating. The water your body secretes to cool you down evaporates in the wind as quickly as it forms on the skin. Dehydration occurs faster than the brain can process what’s happening. I’ve seen a fellow biker literally wilt in the sun, drop his bike, pick himself up, and remember nothing afterwards.
By Peter Wallace
It’s more fun in the Philippines. Well, it is if you can get there and have a place to stay. The facilities for both are in a bit of short supply right now.
I am very happy with the Department of Tourism’s campaign to promote the Philippines as a tourism destination. Its slogan, “Its More Fun in the Philippines,” is putting the country on tourists’ maps. This, I believe, will help the country earn more income, generate employment and open new business opportunities. (Who knows, after their visit, [...]
Tourism represents the Philippines’ brightest hopes and its most formidable challenges. Despite the realities on the ground, the country was described in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 as among “the rising stars in emerging market economies” in travel and tourism (T&T).
Murder in paradise. That headline has applied to Boracay on a number of occasions in the last few years, as the avalanche of visitors to the island and its pell-mell race to development have led to incidents of shocking crime. The most gruesome had been the deaths of architect John Cowperthwaite, art dealer Manfred Schoeni, German developer Anton Forstenhausler and their maid Irma Sarmiento in 2004; they bore multiple stab wounds when found in their beds at the villa owned by Forstenhausler on the island.