Travel Trade

TPB creates Dive Fiesta to promote scuba diving to the Philippines

In an effort to promote the Philippines as a premiere scuba diving destination, the Tourism Board of the Philippines (TPB) conceptualized Dive Fiesta Philippines (DF17), a hard-line venture to directly attract international buyers of dive travel packages into business engagements with Philippine dive resorts and outfitters. DF 17’s principal component is the business exchange whereinmore

Philippines grants Chinese tourists VOA, India on the radar

  MANILA – Finally, the hard work of the Department of Tourism has paid off with the issuance of Department of Justice Circular no.51 granting Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) to mainland Chinese tourists. The VOA status for PROC nationals will apply to all arrivals at Philippine international airports in Manila—Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Subic, Bacolod-Silay—andmore

Sabre released The Future of Luxury Travel report

  A newly-released report, The Future of Luxury Travel, by Sabre Hospitality Solutions in collaboration with TrendWatching reveals five key areas impacting how customers will choose luxury accommodations and experiences in the years ahead.  Some key trends from the report include customization, no-frills chic, luxury on demand and travel that promotes personal and social values. “The evolution of high-end travel is creating a marketplace where ‘luxury’ ismore

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Marvel 10K Weekend returns

  Hong Kong Disneyland is proud to announce that the Marvel 10K Weekend will be held on September 16 and 17. The event continues the excitement of the park’s latest Marvel-themed attraction, Iron Man Experience, and the current Marvel Super Hero Summer event. Marvel Super Heroes will show up to cheer for runners, making it amore

Asia Pacific hotel performance for 2017

The hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during April 2017, according to data provided by STR. However, the Philippines’ performance was negatively affected by the Easter calendar shift (March 2016 to April 2017), and demand dropped by 1.9% year over year. From an occupancy percentagemore

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

Sabre’s first Asia Pacific Travel Technology Exchange conference kicks off in Beijing

BEIJING, CHINA – 22 September, 2016 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, is hosting over 500 travel agents, airline and supplier representatives and members of the APAC travel industry in China this week, to discuss breakthrough technologies making waves at the intersection of travel and technology. Notably,more

DOT eyes integration of terminal fee, plane ticket

The Department of Tourism (DOT) yesterday disclosed that major airlines have agreed in principle to the integration of the terminal fee into departing passengers’ airline ticket payments. DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said the consensus transpired during the third consultation meeting held at the DOT main office, attended by officials of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP)more

Sabre expands hotel choices with Expedia Affiliate Network, giving agents more options for travelers

Travel consultants all over the world now have 63,000 more reasons to prefer the Sabre travel marketplace as their global distribution system (GDS) of choice, thanks to a participation agreement between Sabre Corporation and Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN). Because of the new integration with EAN, Sabre is adding more than 63,000 new hotel properties to its travel marketplace. Travel agenciesmore

Monaco debuts inaugural presence at IT&CMA 2016 as destination exhibitor

Monaco, well known for its luxury travel offerings, and previously a visitor to IT&CMA, has confirmed their presence as a destination exhibitor this year as part of a campaign to promote MICE and Incentive Travel to the country. Benoit Badufle, Managing Director of the Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Bureau Asia c/o Horus Development &more

Inbound tourism expenditures doubled in 5 years – DOT

Expenditures of foreign visitors to the Philippines doubled from 4.3% share to total exports in 2010,  to 8.2% in 2015 , reaching PHP 306.6 Billion for 2015, according to the 2015 Philippine Tourism Satellite Accounts released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) last 15 June 2016. Foreign tourist arrivals was 3rd among the biggest exportmore

100 targeted buyers seen at Kaohsiung Roadshow organised by IT&CM Events

Kaohsiung City Government Economic Development Bureau’s recent campaign to promote Kaohsiung as a MICE destination to the Singapore market saw 100 targeted buyers attend the event. All of whom were identified by IT&CM Events as having a strong interest in considering Taiwan as a potential host of their upcoming meetings, incentives, conferences or events. Themore

East Asian markets account for high tourism growth rates — DOT

  Countries in East Asia supplied 49.20 % of total tourism visitors to the Philippines for January to April 2016, leading to a growth of 14.25% percent in total visitor arrivals over the same period in 2015. The April 2016 visitor arrival figures of the Department of Tourism (DOT) recorded 2,073,851 arrivals for the firstmore

ITB Asia 2016 announces dedicated MICE Day

SINGAPORE – ITB Asia 2016, the trade show, organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore), will take place from 19 – 21 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. New partnerships with Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), as well asmore

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

PAL sets to operate flights between Manila and Saipan

Philippine Airlines (PAL) formally announced yesterday to travel trade and media its 44th international destination – Saipan. Starting June 15, PAL will start its Manila-Saipan-Manila service to serve the needs of Filipino ‘kababayans’ who have long considered the flag carrier their ‘airline of choice’. “The service is much awaited by our countrymen working in the islandmore

Air New Zealand announces direct flights Manila-Auckland in December

Air New Zealand will further expand its Pacific Rim network with the launch of direct flights between Manila and Auckland, New Zealand from December. The new year round service will operate three times a week using Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a flight time of around 10 and a half hours in each direction. Air Newmore


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