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Philippine Airlines can now resume flights to France

Philippine AirlinesFrance has allowed Philippines to resume flights to Paris 16 years after Philippine Airlines last flew to that part of the globe.

Carmelo Arcilla, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director, said the country is asking for 14 flights a week but France allowed only seven.

“We agreed on seven flights per week between Manila and France.The maximum that PAL could use before was a maximum of four when it previously operated to Paris (until 1998). This is the limit that the French are willing to agree for now, although we were asking for at least 14,” said Arcilla, who is in France for the air agreement talks.

He said the two countries also agreed on a third country code sharing which means that Air France and KLM “can operate from Paris to Manila via Amsterdam, using KLM as operating carrier”.

“This means possible additional flights from Europe that will support travel and tourism,” he added. (more…)

Davao tourism cluster gears up for Kadayawan Festival 2013

Industry movers in the tourism industry cluster are now gearing up for the upcoming Kadayawan Festival 2013 in this city scheduled in August, according to Mary “Baby” Montemayor, chair of the Davao Region Tourism Council.

In her recent report to consultants of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Montemayor said several of the projects and activities lined up this year by the tourism industry cluster had already been accomplished.

“We’ll continue to join other activities in the region that attract domestic and foreign visitors to Davao,” Montemayor told the JICA consultants during the recent monitoring meeting at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office. (more…)

Leyte’s Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals 2013

Forty giant puppets will parade at the thoroughfares of Tacloban City to give additional attraction to the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals here this June 29.

Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla who at the same time is the chairperson of this year’s major tourism event in Leyte said that they won’t be part of the competition of festivals instead their puppets will be joining the parade and thereafter will perform onstage.

The giant puppets represent the characters of tourism attractions in Palo that include “Pamalandong Patron ha Palo,” “Pagbalik ha Palo,” and “Pasko ha Palo.” (more…)

Advantage of renting a Private Jet

Is a vacation trip on your agenda? Regardless of whether the trip is meant for a business program or a vacation with family, proper planning is essential with regard to this. A majority of the people consider the possibility of traveling by a private jet services whether it’s an official or a personal trip. The idea of renting a private jet for travel can be considered more as a luxury, but there are many practical aspects related to the same.

Renting a Private Jet
Renting a Private Jet

There are certain groups of people who have the misconception that private jet travel is only suitable for high-class or wealthy traveler groups. There has been a steady growth in the number of people opting for rental plans with respect to hiring a private jet in recent years, as this idea does not necessitate flight bookings or plans. Travelers who happen to choose a private jet on a rental basis need to carefully review the possible advantages and disadvantages associated with the same. (more…)

Cagayan’s Callao Cave: Home to the ancient Filipino

By Honor Blanco Cabie

“Dumanonkayo, apo, ditoy taeng ti kataengan a Pilipino.”

Inside the Famous Callao Cave
Inside the Famous Callao Cave

The greeting – typically Ilocano, a major language in the northeastern part of Luzon, including the province of Cagayan – welcomes visitors to one of the province’s best tourist attractions, the seven-chambered Callao Cave, 21 kms northeast of this capital city. (more…)

China finds Philippines not only ‘More Fun’, but also ‘Most Romantic’

Fresh from winning the Best Tourist Destination award from Oriental Morning Post, the Philippines is cited anew as The Most Romantic Destination by another media group, Shanghai Morning Post. Both awards come from two of the most important news dailies in Shanghai, Mainland China.

            This achievement puts the country on the elite list of Shanghai Morning Post based on a unique set of categories and results polled from consumer surveys through sh.qq.com (China’s main social messaging system and local version of MSN/ Yahoo! Messenger) and cut-out reader survey forms featured on Shanghai Morning Post. The editorial team voted to complete the select roster of country winners, which also included Australia (best tour destination for discovery), Switzerland (best shopping destination), Korea (best skiing destination), New Zealand (best destination for self-driving tour), and Germany (best destination for art appreciation)  (more…)

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