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DOT studies progressive accreditation of tourism establishments

DOT is eyeing the adoption of a “progressive” accreditation scheme for tourism establishments.
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Sec. Teo bats for greater tourism cooperation

CHENGDU, CHINA -- Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo echoed the Manila Call for Action, rallying over 90 countries for a shared responsibility on sustainable tourism.

“The Manila Call for Action is our contribution to the urgent need for policy directions in sustainable practices such as use of energy, water and land, solid waste management, and curbing greenhouse effect of tourism activities,” said Teo.

The PDOT head made the assertion during the 22nd United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, China three months after the Philippines hosted the sixth edition of the UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics.

Meanwhile, Teo's delegation forged a new partnership with Chengdu-based charter operator giant Hanglv International Travel Group to further boost the thriving route between mainland China and Manila.

The Hanglv International Travel Group is the biggest charter operator in Chengdu, China with offices in Chongqing, Wuhan, Changsha, Guiyang, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Its major business portfolio is to bring more Chinese tourists to the Philippines.

“With improved diplomatic relations between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit to China and his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping, we are assured of a more eloquent business and people-to-people exchanges between our two nations,” she said.

The Philippine delegation headed by Teo and Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr., met counterparts at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chengdu, bagging new flights between Changsha and Kalibo, and Chongqing and Kalibo thrice weekly.

"As soon as the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) grants clearance to Puerto Princesa Airport, more chartered flights from other Chinese cities and provinces could be expected, including flights between Wuhan and Puerto Princesa and between Changsha and Puerto Princesa.

Teo likewise proposed to the Chinese charter operator to consider mounting flights to Davao, Laoag, and Clark. She personally invited the group to visit and discover Davao as a destination for new chartered flights from China.

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HENRY SY: HE PEDDLED CHEAP AMERICAN SHOES IN THE 50s

Henry Sy runs the Philippines' largest retailer, but he operates his SM Group almost as if it were a family-owned corner greengrocery. Each week, the 80-year-old (estimated net worth: $1.2 billion), sporting his trademark Hawaiian shirt, gathers his six children at the company's warehouse-style offices near Manila's waterfront, where they oversee nearly every aspect of the business, from property deals to labor negotiations. On Saturdays, family members fan out to make firsthand inspections of their SM malls, department stores and supermarkets. (Source: TIME/CNN.COM)
 

Travel Agency Seminar

Travel Agency Operations Seminar for future travel agents....
 

Start Visita Iglesia in Betis, Pampanga

Visual catechism is so rich at St. James the Apostle Parish in the old district of Betis, Pampanga...
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MT. PINATUBO TRAVEL ADVISORY

Here is the latest travel advisory on Mt. Pinatubo for tourists aiming to mount an uphill climb to the crater.
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TRAVEL GUIDE BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!

Travel - related books are now available for use of tourism students and practitioners in the hospitality industry.
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Korean firm, Capas execs defy gov’t to run Pinatubo treks anew

CAPAS, Tarlac- Almost five months after six people, including three tourists, were killed by rampaging waters on the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo, a Korean investor and the local government here have defied authorities by again offering treks to the volcanic summit and building new structures at the crater area.

Reynaldo Garcia, chief of the Environmental Impact Assessment Division of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) regional office said the EMB issued a “cease and desist” order to the Korean firm Pull Travel Destination Corp. (PDC) which operates a spa and the trekking project after the tragic accident on the slopes last Aug. 6.

The PDC was given permit by the Capas municipal government to operate in Barangay Sta. Juliana in this town where the trek to the crater starts, municipal tourism officer Marissa Velasquez admitted in a telephone interview.
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US Visa: Do-It-Yourself Procedure

In view of the recent spate of complaints lodged against unscrupulous travel agents for victimizing visa applicants to the United States in exchange for huge sum of money, the Department of Tourism deemed it necessary to issue a travel advisory on the proper procedures in securing a visa - the RIGHT WAY!

The travelling public is advised to heed the call of the US embassy not fall prey to the insinuations of travel agents that they have "contacts" at the embassy to effect the issuance of a visa. Any offer of visa assistance in exchange for a huge sum of money is illegal and fraudulent.

Here are the basic dot-it-yourself procedures in applying for a non-immigrant visa (e.g. tourist visa) as found in their website at http://manila.usembassy.gov. READ MORE......
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