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Japan says visa-free entry still a plan

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Kyoto path. FILE PHOTO

Not so fast, don’t buy that plane ticket to Tokyo just yet.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe .AP FILE PHOTO

Visa-free travel could do wonders for Japan’s tourism, the Philippine envoy to the Land of the Rising Sun said Wednesday. Manolo Lopez, Philippine ambassador to Japan, said in a television interview that once Japan lifts the visa requirements of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Vietnamese, the tourism industry of Japan could spike up, especially in the advent of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Vigan slips in search for top 7 cities

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PLAZA Salcedo in Vigan City comes alive at night with its dancing lights and fountains.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The City of Vigan is losing steam after a strong start as among 28 contenders in the search for the top seven cities in the world, according to campaign organizer New7Wonders Foundation.   “With four months left to the end of the first finalist phase in the global New7Wonders Cities voting campaign … cities that [...]

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace lauds inclusion of PH on world’s top tourism list

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Daranak falls, Tanay Rizal. Photo by Noy Morcoso lll/INQUIRER.net

The newest online survey tagging the Philippines as among the top 10 places in the world to visit would attract even more tourists to come to the country, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Saturday.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH one of world’s Top 10 places to visit—survey

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A group of Polish backpackers dine at a local café in Camiguin Island in southern Philippines. The Philippine government is aiming to boost its foreign tourist arrivals by launching the “It’s More Fun In The Philippines” campaign. Photo by Don Lejano/INQUIRER.net file photo

The Philippines has been recognized as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit, a survey showed.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH ‘natural focus’ of San Francisco mayor’s Asian economic agenda

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at the wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Monument in Luneta.  PHOTO BY RUDY ADLAWAN

“I’m afraid people may have mistaken me for Mayor Estrada, but unfortunately, I can’t sing or act,” quipped the mustached San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

More fun in PH: Tourist arrivals rise nearly 10% despite diasters

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Foreign tourists visit Fort Santiago in Manila on Oct. 22, 2013. Despite the series of calamities that struck last year, the Philippines registered a 9.56 percent growth in foreign arrivals in 2013, the Department of Tourism said Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Despite the series of calamities that struck last year, the Philippines registered a 9.56 percent growth in foreign arrivals in 2013, welcoming a total of 4,681,307 visitors.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino welcomes winter ‘escapees’

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

They traded the bitterly cold winter for a relatively mild chilly weather.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

British website includes PH on list of top 10 countries to visit in 2014

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A young boy waits at the side of the road for fresh water surrounded by debris from Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, central Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

Citing the devastation caused by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in the central Philippines, a British travel website has included the country on its list of top 10 countries to visit in 2014.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

South Koreans topped list of tourist arrivals

South Korean tourists enjoy horse-back riding in Baguio City’s Wright Park on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012. South Korea remained the Philippines’ largest source of tourists in 2013 while the number of tourists coming from China went down by 70 percent, immigration authorities said.  PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

South Korea remained the Philippines’ largest source of tourists this year while the number of tourists coming from China went down by 70 percent, immigration authorities said.

Posted: December 18th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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