DOT and UNWTO sign agreement on the holding of the 6th ICTS 2017

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai signed the agreement on the Philippines’ hosting of the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics on 21-24 June 2017. Expected to participate are representatives from 163 member countries and territories and more than 500 Affiliate Members representing the


New chief executive appointed to Tourism New Zealand

TOURISM NEW ZEALAND Chair Kerry Pendergast says she is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen England-Hall to the position of Chief Executive at Tourism New Zealand (TNZ). Stephen will commence in the role in early April 2017, based in Auckland. “Stephen will join Tourism New Zealnd after three-years as Chief Executive at Loyalty New Zealand

Insight Vacations introduces new president for Asia

Insight Vacations announced the appointment of Evon Ler as Insight Vacations’ president for Asia. Ler comes with a wealth of knowledge about the local regional markets and travel industry. She recently relocated back to Singapore from Hong Kong, where she was director of sales, South East Asia for Travelzoo. She has worked extensively across B2B

Roshan Mendis: New senior VP, Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific

Sabre Corporation announced the appointment of Roshan Mendis as senior vice president for Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific, following the completion of its acquisition of Abacus International on July 1. In his new role, Mendis will be responsible for the overall Sabre Travel Network business in the Asia Pacific region which will include the newly

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    PHL aims to get sizeable share from projected 121-M ASEAN arrivals

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Europe is the official Partner Destination for ITB China 2017

First Partner Destination ever – official announcement of partnership between European Travel Commission and ITB China on 31 January in Brussels  Europe as one destination:  Europe is the Official Partner Destination of ITB China 2017. A corresponding agreement was signed on 31 January 2017 by Mr. David Axiotis, General Manager ITB China and Mr. Eduardomore

PHL aims to get sizeable share from projected 121-M ASEAN arrivals

The Philippine Department of Tourism aims to boost its tourist arrivals by enticing  the member countries of  the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into visiting the Philippines. DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo made her pitch at the 20th  ASEAN Tourism Ministers meeting at the sidelines of the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Singapore held from January 19more

1 in 10 of all tourism investment dollars go into ASEAN by 2026, says WTTC

ASEAN is one of the world’s most tourism dependent regions with Travel & Tourism contributing 12.4% of total GDP, nearly 4% above most of the other world’s regions. One in ten of all tourism investment dollars will go into ASEAN countries over the next ten years, according to new research by the World Travel &more

IT&CMA and CTW 2016 opens in Bangkok

The 24th IT&CMA and 19th CTW, The World’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel opened today at the Bangkok Convention Center, marking the 13th year that both leading events have been co-locating. The synergy of bringing together industry delegates from 2 distinct yet complementing niches has been one of the show’s significant differentiators.more


FlySafair enters global distribution with Hahn Air

Dreieich, 18th April 2017 – FlySafair, the South African low-cost carrier, entered into an agreement with Hahn Air to distribute its flights via travel agents worldwide. The airline’s inventory will be available for ticketing on the Hahn Air HR-169 document in all major Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) worldwide. Hahn Air is a German scheduled airlinemore

More air routes open courtesy of the DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) declared it to be a development that more air routes are being launched to improve air connectivity and boost domestic tourism, as well as international visitor arrivals in emerging tourist attractions. DOT Undersecretary Katherine De Castro made the assertion during the inauguration of two new Cebu Pacific flight routes, themore

Superstar Virgo is home

By Annlinh Alcid   Superstar Virgo (SSV), a flagship vessel of the star cruises embarked in Manila for the first time for March 19 til May 23 this year. Being the first cruise ship to homeport in our country, a welcome arrival ceremony was held in the South Harbor attended by government and private keymore

ITB China partners with China Eastern

 ITB China recently signed a corresponding partnership agreement with China Eastern as the first partner carrier. ITB China will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. This 3-day B2B trade show is an international offshoot of one of Messe Berlin’s most successful trade fairs. The event will take place annually and focusmore


DOT unveils “new” Fort Santiago

In line with the “Intramuros Revival Project” initiated by the Department of Tourism (DOT) last year, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo on Monday led the opening of the newly renovated Paseo Soledad and Plaza Moriones in Fort Santiago.   Plaza Moriones, the area leading to the iconic Fort Santiago, has been smoothed with flowering trees and amore

Bataan Death March remembered at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Bataan Death March remembered at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

‎By Annlinh Alcid Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, in partnership with the Ortigas Library Foundation, opened an exhibit yesterday entitled Bataan Death March: Remembered in celebration of the 75th year of valor and heroism that was shown by the USAFFE soldiers in Bataan during World War II.  The exhibit is on permanent display at the Casamore

First Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) to rise in San Vicente, Palawan

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) have taken the first steps in the implementation of the Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZ),   with a groundbreaking ceremony for a TIEZA Field Office in San Vicente, Palawan, the site of the first flagship TEZ under the country’s National Tourism Development Planmore

Marianas Visitors Authority opens office in Manila

In a move to further increase visitor arrivals to the Marianas Islands from key source markets, and to support the new PAL Express non-stop flights between Manila and Saipan, the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) has opened its representative office in the Philippines. The office will be operated by AVIAREPS which also represent MVA in Japan,more

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PATA Adventure Travel Market
1-4 April 2017, Lee Royal Hotel Mudu, Luoyang, China
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World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America
4-6 April 2017. Expo Center Norte, Sao Paolo, Brazil
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International Hotel Technology Forum (IHTF) 2017
5-7 April 2017, Disneyland Paris, France
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Madrid Fusion Manila
6-8 April 2017, SMX Convention Centre, Pasay Philippines
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21st Global Lodging Forum
10-11 April 2017, Pullman Paris Montparnasse, France
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CLIA Cruise360 2017
18-24 April 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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World Travel Market Africa
19-21 April 2017, Cape Town Int’l Convention Center, South Africa
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Incentive Travel Exchange
23-26 April 2017, Delano Las Vegas, Nevada
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Routes Europe 2017
23-26 April 2017, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland
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World Travel Fair
20-23 April 2017, China
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ITB China
10-12 May 2017, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center, Shanghai China
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World Routes 2017
23-26 September 2017, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain
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Arabian Travel Mart (ATM)
24-27 April 2017, Dubai Int’l Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE
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IT&CM Asia & CTW
26-28 September 2017, Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Thailand
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ITB Asia
27-29 October 2017, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
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