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The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Inc. is an organization of tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism. Founded on 12 June 1986, non-stock and non-profit organization. The membership includes travel agencies, hotels, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and association.

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  • Encourage and foster nationwide extensions;
  • To pursue an active role in product development (emerging Destinations);
  • To strive for international recognition and affiliations;
  • Upgrade industry knowledge through education /workshop;
  • Conduct national information campaign on relevant issues;
  • Develop active members though participation and Involvement in team-building activities;
  • Develop and update database;
  • To revise and amend the By-Laws to conform to the needs of the times.
  • Encourage sales mission;
  • To address needs and concerns of members in a timely manner;
  • Endeavour for financial sustainability
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PH again cited as ‘Muslim-friendly’ tourist destination

MANILA, Philippines — For the second straight year, a global travel index has recognized the Philippines as an “Emerging Muslim-friendly destination” among nonmembers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Saturday.

Based on the 2024 results of the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index—an annual report benchmarking destinations in the Muslim travel market—the Philippines managed to develop initiatives such as including halal food and integrating Muslim-friendly amenities at major tourist spots in the country.

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PAL to halt Baguio-Cebu flights

BAGUIO CITY — Commercial flights of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) from Baguio to Cebu and vice versa are set to end on July 1, 2024.

The flag carrier recently announced the halt of the route because of poor passenger traffic.

This means that people of Cebu who like to have the Baguio experience or have business activities in the city will have to travel by sea and land. Likewise, people of Baguio and nearby places in Luzon will also go through the same process.

The average travel time via airplane from Cebu to Baguio and vice versa is one hour and 45 minutes. On the other hand, the travel time time from Cebu to Manila is around 21 hours via land via Maharlika Highway while it takes one hour and 30 minutes.

Travel time via land from Manila to Baguio is around four to five hours.

The flag carrier opened its commercial flights Baguio-Cebu and vice versa in December 2022.

PAL, however, assured the passengers of the cancelled flights of Baguio-Cebu-Baguio will be provided the necessary assistance and refunds.

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Cebu Pacific boosts Clark-Singapore route

MANILA – Following consistent flight demand to and from Singapore via the Clark International Airport (CRK), low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has increased operations between the two, from thrice weekly to daily.

“The Clark-Singapore route is one of the routes that we launched when CEB restarted its Clark hub in April 2023. Although flight frequencies change depending on the demand and aircraft availability, the Clark-Singapore flight continues to operate due to consistent demand among travelers from this station and its surrounding areas,” CEB Communications Specialist Roxanne Gochuico told the Philippine News Agency Friday.

CEB’s daily flights to Singapore started June 1.

“As more people travel to Singapore, CRK and CEB are happy to provide even more convenient and hassle-free ways to reach the Garden City,” Noel Manankil, manager of CRK operator Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp., said.

Meanwhile, CEB recently renewed partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) not only to provide accessible and affordable flights, but also to further enhance Singapore’s tourism industry by attracting more visitors from the Philippines, fostering cultural exchange and promoting economic growth.

According to CEB, the Philippines was Singapore’s sixth largest tourism market in 2023, with almost 700,000 tourist arrivals.

“Our renewed partnership with STB aims to enhance the appeal for travel to Singapore, focusing now on the country’s array of vibrant events,” Gochuico said.

The carrier also introduced new ambassadors for the initiative and the partnership is set to feature Singapore’s innovative architecture and cultural heritage.

Aside from Clark, the Gokongwei-owned airline also offers thrice daily flights between Manila and Singapore, and daily flights via Cebu. (PNA)

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Aviation roundup: AirAsia X, Vietjet and more

AirAsia X will connect travellers from Malaysia to Nairobi in Kenya’s capital from November 15 this year, following the airline’s introduction of new flights to Almaty in Kazakhstan.

The airline will also offer a seamless Fly-Thru connection, creating a link between Kenya and 130 destinations across South-east Asia, Northern and Central Asia, and Australia.

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PAL resumes Clark-Basco flights

Philippine Airlines (PAL) marked the resumption of its Clark to Basco route on July 2, 2024, in a ceremony at the Clark International Airport. The reinstated service aims to strengthen tourism and provide more travel options for Filipinos.

The four-times-weekly flights operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, aboard the 86-seat De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 Next Generation.

2P-2688 departs Clark at 11:00 AM, arriving in Basco at 12:35 PM. The return flight, 2P-2689, leaves Basco at 1:00 PM and lands in Clark at 2:35 PM.

The direct service to Basco complements PAL’s existing daily flights between Manila and the island province. Clark International Airport also serves as a hub for PAL’s other domestic destinations, including Cebu, Boracay (Caticlan), and Coron (Busuanga).

Richard Daenos, Department of Tourism Region 3 Director, highlighted the significance of the route, stating, “The flight represents the culmination of meticulous planning, coordination, and dedication, a testament of our commitment to enhance connectivity and to foster new opportunities for commerce, tourism, and cultural exchanges.”

Noel Manankil, President and CEO of Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD), expressed enthusiasm about the route’s potential impact. “We are thrilled to once again connect Clark to the breathtaking beauty of Batanes. This flight not only opens up opportunities to explore this unique destination but also strengthens our commitment towards convenient travel options for all,” Manankil said.

PAL Express President Rabbi Vincent Ang emphasized the strategic importance of Clark as a hub. “It gives us great pride to meet the demand for flights out of Central Luzon, a strategic gateway to Northern, Central and Southern Philippines,” Ang noted.

The inaugural flight was celebrated with a water salute as the aircraft departed from Clark Airport, symbolizing the route’s official reopening and the potential for future growth in air travel options from Clark International Airport.

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Cebu Pacific to launch San Vicente-Cebu route

CEBU PACIFIC, operated by Cebu Air, Inc., is further expanding its domestic network by launching flights to San Vicente, Palawan from Cebu in October, it said on Wednesday.

“Cebu Pacific is thrilled to expand our domestic network by introducing flights to San Vicente,” Alexander G. Lao, Cebu Pacific president and chief commercial officer, said in a statement.

The airline company will operate flights between Cebu and San Vicente, Palawan four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning Oct. 24, the budget carrier said.

The soon-to-be launched flight route to San Vicente, Palawan will not only allow travelers easier access to affordable flights but it also boost inter-island connectivity, Mr. Lao said.

The airline company on Wednesday launched a week-long sale for the Cebu-San Vicente flights. The travel period for the flights on sale is on Oct. 24 until March 29, 2025.

Under Cebu Pacific’s seat sale, flights could cost as low as P1 for the one-way base fare, excluding fees and surcharges.

Meanwhile, the budget carrier is also offering connecting flights to San Vicente, Palawan from Manila for a one-way base fare of as low as P998 until the end of month. The travel period for the promo is also from Oct. 24 until March 29, 2025.

Cebu Air earlier said it was planning to expand its international routes and increase flight frequencies to popular local and foreign destinations in line with its $12-billion aircraft order, whose supplier is set to be announced soon.

To date, Cebu Pacific flies to 35 domestic and 24 international destinations in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

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