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Balloons, Confetti and Fireworks; is it time to ban them?

Balloons, Confetti and Fireworks; is it time to stop? Leading up to the New Year countdown, the Philippines was at the forefront of a netizen protest over a ‘Record Breaking’ Balloon Drop event at a Manila Nightclub. As well as some upset that the fireworks ban on Boracay would remain in place, even for New

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Cruise Tourism Pt 3: Impacts on Economy and Communities

In our previous articles we’ve looked at A National Development and Impacts on the Environment.  In this, our final article in the series, we look at the impacts that cruise tourism has on the economy and the local communities visited. Is Cruise Tourism of real benefit to the communities it visits?    According to Cruise

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Filipino Christmas Buys: great ideas and deals for shopping locally

Filipino Christmas Buys It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support Local Businesses where

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Filipino Christmas Buys: The Adventure Lover

Filipino Christmas Buys It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support Local Businesses where

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Filipino Christmas Buys: For Children & Teens

Filipino Christmas Buys: For Children & Teens It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures;

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Filipino Christmas Buys: For Pet Lovers

Filipino Christmas Buys: for Pet Lovers It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support

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Filipino Christmas Buys: for the Eco-conscious

Filipino Christmas Buys It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support Local Businesses where

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Filipino Christmas Buys: For Him

Filipino Christmas Buys: For Him It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support Local

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Filipino Christmas Buys: for Her

Filipino Christmas Buys: For Her It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support Local

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Why Chinese Tourists Can Be Good for the Philippines: An Interview with Ctrip

Your Hospitality Hub spoke with Jerome Dela Cruz, Regional Director for Ctrip Philippines, about Ctrip and the rapid growth of Chinese Tourism in the Philippines. Ctrip has provided travel services, such as accommodation reservation, transport, packaged tours and corporate travel management since 1999. Ctrip is currently the largest online travel agency in China.      

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