Travel News Recap: April 21, 2013

Here are some of this week’s relevant travel news headlines and stories:

Gate 05 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Gate 05 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Finswimming, Underwater Activities Could Boost Sport Tourism in Philippines – Philippine Association on Underwater Activities (PAUA), a group that has been promoting underwater activities in the country and is also in charge of undertaking marine conservation projects and sports tourism is working with the University of the Philippines to offer fin-swimming and scuba diving courses for student’s as PE subjects in the university’s Diliman Campus.

Philippines: An Archipelago of Exchange – Musée du Quai Branly’s extraordinary exhibition of precolonial Filipino art.

Hotels Are Hot Property In The PhilippinesPhilippines is Southeast Asia’s biggest increase in hotel supply.

Students to stage “Pilipino Cultural Night” – Filipino-American students will celebrate Filipino heritage and the Fil-Am experience by staging Skyline College Kababayan Program’s 8th annual Pilipino Cultural Night.

Parañaque City advances in New7Wonder Cities search – Parañaque City has moved-up to the qualification phase of the New7Wonders Cities search, making the city one of the front runners in the Southeast Asia & Oceania Zone competition.

Employees Want National Museum Executives to Resign – Curators and employees of the National Museum are calling for the resignation of the institution’s top two executives over alleged unpaid benefits, harassment and oppression.

The Philippines was named by American magazine Condé Nast Traveller as one of the “top destinations to watch out for” in 2013.

Filipino smiles for the world – A brain child of Ambassador Roberto Mayorga of Chile, in cooperation with the Embassy of Brazil and a host of business, educational, and media organizations, the project is part of what is called the “Calidad Humana” (Human Compassion, Humaneness, Human Tone) campaign initiated by Ambassador Mayorga in cooperation with like-minded individuals and enterprises with the view of contaminating the rest of the world with the proverbial cheerfulness and joy of living of the average Filipino. Coming from a foreign observer of Filipino culture, this campaign is far from being self-serving and complements our own “It is more fun” in the Philippines tourism message.

Philippines deal fuels second-airport rivalry – Melbourne continues to outpace Sydney in the quest for a second international airport after a deal to allow international flights from The Philippines to Avalon airport, near Geelong, broke down another hurdle.

Skyscanner opens PHL office – Skyscanner, the largest flight search engine in Europe, will boost operations in the Philippines to bring traveling Filipinos complete information on flights to destinations around the country and the world.

Visa on arrival for Filipinos approved at two Kerala airports – “The new facility will allow citizens of 11 countries – Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Indonesia – to obtain tourist visas upon arrival in Kerala,” Kerala Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said.

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