Articles tagged “philippines”

New Ports Raise the Philippines’ Standing in Asian Cruising

New Ports Raise the Philippines’ Standing in Asian Cruising

Ditas Lopez, Bloomberg

Hard to imagine the Philippines can now take in Royal Caribbean Cruises’ biggest ship in Asia, the Spectrum. But it's easy to think of the impact on the little region called Ilocos when the ship docks at its new port Salomague. Cautions about the environment aren't overblown.

2 weeks ago

Philippine Tourism Industry Attracts More Family Money: Why It’s Wrong

Philippine Tourism Industry Attracts More Family Money: Why It’s Wrong

Raini Hamdi, Skift

For many, the idea that a few families can control a whole industry is unthinkable, unfair, actually galling. In Philippine tourism, it’s as entrenched as the sight of a jeepney — no one thinks anything of it at all. That has to change, although it won’t be anytime soon.

2 months ago

Inside the 5 Families Who Hold a Tight Grip on Philippines Tourism

Inside the 5 Families Who Hold a Tight Grip on Philippines Tourism

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

A handful of families in the Philippines controls 70 percent of the country's tourism industry, owning key travel infrastructure such as airlines, hotels, resorts, shopping malls, and tourist attractions. Is that tight control a formula for future success?

2 months ago

Filipino Conglomerate Set to Build $15 Billion Airport Near Manila

Filipino Conglomerate Set to Build $15 Billion Airport Near Manila

Claire Jiao and Cecilia Yap, Bloomberg

The current 71-year-old Manila airport is congested. San Miguel proposes to build a new one near Manila that can handle 100 million passengers annually at no cost to the government. How good is that?

3 months ago

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That's a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it'll take a cricket match to change that.

3 months ago

Underperforming Philippines Extends Tax Breaks to Attract Tourism Investors

Underperforming Philippines Extends Tax Breaks to Attract Tourism Investors

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

Despite its beautiful beaches, the Philippines is a tourism underperformer in Southeast Asia. It keeps luring investors with tax breaks. Critics say maybe it's better to prioritize peace and order instead. Both are required.

4 months ago

Destinations Say Public-Private Partnerships Help With Overtourism

Destinations Say Public-Private Partnerships Help With Overtourism

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Destinations have realized that partnerships and collaboration between public and private forces are the best way to create sustainable tourism growth. Time will tell, though, whether this approach has a lasting impact on global tourism outcomes.

7 months ago

Why the Philippines Risks Losing Out on Asia’s Gaming Boom

Why the Philippines Risks Losing Out on Asia’s Gaming Boom

Ian Sayson and Cecilia Yap , Bloomberg

Casinos are a tourism magnet and stricter rules to safeguard locals from gambling, and to keep other gambling ills at bay, are better than a complete ban. Look to Singapore as a good Asian example.

9 months ago

The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

Andreo Calonzo and Cecilia Yap , Bloomberg

The Philippines' new tourism chief is hoping that millennials will be inspired by social media sites like WeChat and Instagram to visit its culinary destinations as the government considers imposing quotas on beachgoers. Tourism officials worldwide will be watching to see how it turns out.

1 year ago

Philippine Airlines Steps Up Quest for Chinese Tourists

Philippine Airlines Steps Up Quest for Chinese Tourists

Claire Jiao, Bloomberg

With Chinese tourism increasingly big business for many countries, airlines are stepping up their route development. The Philippines will have plenty of competition from other Southeast Asian beach destinations.

1 year ago

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to Hike Fares Due to Rising Fuel Costs

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to Hike Fares Due to Rising Fuel Costs

Clarissa Batino and Cecilia Yap, Bloomberg

Consumers in the Philippines have less buying power because of a weakness in the value of its currency. But airlines must raise airfares to keep up with spiking jet fuel costs. Bad news for expat travelers.

1 year ago

Philippines Tourism Goal May Be Casualty of Decision to Close an Island

Philippines Tourism Goal May Be Casualty of Decision to Close an Island

Andreo Calonzo and Ditas Lopez, Bloomberg

Sustainable tourism growth is difficult to achieve because most tourism boards won't slow down, take a beat, and withstand a temporary drop in visitation in the name of long-term improvement. The Philippines is smart to do this reparative work.

2 years ago