Emirates airline exempts Filipinos from travel tax, terminal fees
Great news, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs): Your flights to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) just became more affordable.
According to a spokesperson from the UAE-based carrier Emirates, OFWs will be exempted from travel tax and terminal fees, provided they present a valid copy of their overseas employment certificate (OEC) during booking and/or before departure.
This is in compliance with the Philippines' migrant laws, which state that Filipinos based abroad shouldn't be obligated to pay extra aviation fees. Those who take advantage of this exemption can save as much as 5% off, or Dh200, on ticket prices per person.
AirAsia adds four more flight destinations from Davao
Starting April 22, AirAsia will add four more direct flights to Philippine tourist destinations from President Duterte's home city, Davao.
The destinations include Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Clark in Pampanga, Boracay Island, and Cebu.
The Davao-Cebu flights will be available twice daily; the Davao-Boracay flights, daily; the Davao-Palawan flights, thrice weekly; and the Davao-Clark flights, four times weekly.
The new scheme is in line with AirAsia's commitment to transform Davao into a major (tourism) hub and international gateway, according to AirAsia Philippines' CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.
To accommodate the anticipated increase in passengers, AirAsia will add 200 more planes to its fleet by 2020.
Dumaguete City hosts 4th Dragon Boat Challenge
It's only been three years since Dumaguete held its first Dragon Boat Challenge in 2014. But Negros Oriental's capital isn't hitting the brakes on the celebration anytime soon.
This April 8, the Dragon Boat Challenge will be held at Dumaguete's Rizal Boulevard. The event is expected to attract 20 dragon boat teams from all over the Philippines, in addition to three homebased teams.
The Dragon Boat Races fall under two categories: the Standard Boat/300 meters and Short Boat/300 meters. Both categories accept participants from Open, Mixed, and Inter-Barangay teams, though only the Short Boat category accepts all-Women teams.
For Php500, a team can register at the City Tourism Office until March 15, 2017.
Tagaytay airport radars now fully operational
Between March 6 to 11, flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Tagaytay were reduced from 40 to 32 per hour, due to ongoing maintenance of the city's airport radars.
Now that the repairs are complete, normal flight operations can resume, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The CAAP lifted the temporary shutdown of the radars via a notice to airmen (NOTAM) released last March 11, 10:30 P.M. (Philippine time)
Tagaytay's radars are among those used by CAAP to safely guide flights to airports at Clark and NAIA.
DoT sends biggest Philippine delegation to Berlin travel expo
At the Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB), the world's largest tourism trade fair, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) sent its largest delegation to date.
Consisting of 14 hotels & resorts, 14 tour operators, officials from the DoT (including Sec. Wanda Teo), and Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte, the delegation took up at least 276 square meters within the Messe Berlin.
It's been over thirty years since the DoT started participating in the ITB. Of the 28 non-DoT ITB delegates, five are first-time attendees.
Incidentally, the Philippines saw an increase in tourist arrivals from Europe last year. A total of 629,474 Europeans visited the country in 2016, with 173,299 of them from the United Kingdom.
Trippies: Not your ordinary travel show
If you ask people about why they travel, most will say something along the lines of "I do it for the experience." By "experience," they usually mean flooding their social media feeds with pictures of white beaches, saliva-worthy food, and selfies in bikinis.
That's not the case for "Trippies" hosts, though. With a camera in their hands, and a twinkle in their eyes, award-winning duo Pepe Diokno and Jessica Zafra take viewers on a trip around the world. Both of them travel not only to know more about other places, but also to show how travel can change us for better or worse. Catch them on CNN Philippines every 7:30 P.M. (Philippine time), with replays every Tuesday at 1:30 P.M., Thursday at 12:30 P.M., and Saturday at 11:00 A.M.
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