Vietnam's Hanoi-HCM City-Binh Thuan tourist route expected

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Vietnam's Hanoi-HCM City-Binh Thuan tourist route expected 

HO CHI MINH CITY, May 31 — A tourist route linking Vietnam's Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Thuan and Phu Quy island is likely under development following a familiarization trip for tour operators and media experts to the south central coastal province of Binh Thuan from May 28-31, Vietnam News Agency reported Saturday.

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Roundup: American arrivals in Cuba shooting up as ties thaw

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Roundup: American arrivals in Cuba shooting up as ties thaw 

HAVANA, May 31 — The number of American tourists to Cuba increased by 36 percent during the first four months this year, though traveling to the island country is still restricted by U.S. laws.

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Tibet's tourism revenue surges nearly 40 pct

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Tibet's tourism revenue surges nearly 40 pct 

LHASA, May 31 — Tourism revenue in Tibet Autonomous Region surged nearly 40 percent during the first four months of this year, thanks to a 22.2-percent increase in visitors to the region during the same period.

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Maasin City tourism office promotes zoo as unique destination in Eastern Visayas

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Maasin City tourism office promotes zoo as unique destination in Eastern Visayas 

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 1 — Nature lovers here in Eastern Visayas should set time whenever they are in this city to visit Maasin Zoo, the first of its kind in the region.

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Caraga tourist arrivals hit 1M mark, says DOT 13 chief

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Caraga tourist arrivals hit 1M mark, says DOT 13 chief 

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PNA) — Tourist arrivals in Caraga region hit its 1 millionth mark in 2014.

This was disclosed by Department of Tourism 13 (Caraga) Regional Director Leticia Tan in a press forum, held on Sunday afternoon at the Robinson’s Place Atrium Activity Center, J.C. Aquino Ave., this city on the occasion of the launching of the “Travel Shindig: Nay’s Ta Diri Launching Event,” of Nays TV, a travelogue program of a local cable television channel here.

Director Tan was the guest of honor and speaker during the event.

According to Tan, that on 2014 their department recorded 1.016 million tourists who have visited the various tourist destinations here in the region. Tan also said that they are looking forward to having another million or even exceed the figure this 2015.”We are even now ready to go towards world promotion of our tourism industry as we are now qualified to tap even international markets,” Tan said.

She also pointed out boosting that tourism industry may bring much return as every tourist visitors may in various ways, amount to a job opening.

She also said that judging from the significant figure of tourist visitors recorded last year may tend to show that Caraga region has not been affected by any negative travel advisory of some countries to its citizens. “Caraga is still notably the most peaceful region in the country, judging from the significant number of foreign tourists to our various tourism sites and destinations in this region,” Tan said.(PNA)

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Indonesia's foreign tourist arrival up 3.24 pct in April

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Indonesia's foreign tourist arrival up 3.24 pct in April 

JAKARTA, June 1 — The number of foreign holidaymakers coming to Indonesia in April scaled up by 3.13 percent to 749,900 people on yearly basis, the national statistic bureau announced here on Monday.

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Polangueños start counting down to Pulang-Angui Fest

June 2, 2015 5:19 am· Comments Off on Polangueños start counting down to Pulang-Angui Fest 

By Cyndi Jocelle E. Orolfo

POLANGUI, Albay, June 1 (PNA) — While the rainy days are upon everybody as summer is dragging out its final days, Polangueños have something red planned to keep the rainy blues away: the annual Pulang-Angui Festival which will start on June 4.

The festival tells of the legend of the town’s most beautiful woman.

According to the legend, Pulang Angui, or Red Maria, is the story of a maiden known for her beauty and love for wearing red dresses.

Angui, a local term for Maria, was the object of affection by hunters due to her modesty and beauty.

Upon the arrival of the Spaniards in Polangui, they asked for the name of the place.

The natives, thinking the foreigners were asking for the tribe’s most beautiful lady, answered Pulang Angui.

The name was then recorded as the name of the place, and later evolved into Polangui.

The month-long celebration relives the origin of the town, which is then reenacted in the street-dance presentation.

The town fiesta also coincides with the festival, which is then highlighted by a civil and military parade.

According to Imma L. Santayan, municipal community affairs officer, the local government has been working to upgrade the festival every year.

“Dati civil and military parade lang ‘pag town fiesta di ba? Ngayon every year nag-a-upgrade and festival, may Mutya, concert, ” Santayan said.

Last year’s festival featured a performance by Gloc-9, a photo contest and workshop, and a mural contest, among many others.

One highlight of this year’s festival will be the First Mayor Cherry Mella Sampal Film Festival called the “Cine Polangueño 15”.

The short-film festival will feature works from students of Bicol University-Polangui.

Santayan said the local government of Polangui is already hard at work preparing for the festivities.

This year’s festival highlights will include a motorcross, cosplay, fun run, vendor’s night, farmer’s night, kalamay-eating contest, and The Voice of Bicolandia.(PNA)

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2 MERS patients recover in UAE

June 2, 2015 5:15 am· Comments Off on 2 MERS patients recover in UAE 

ABU DHABI, June 1 — Two people who were infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) in Abu Dhabi have now tested negative for the virus and were discharged from hospital, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

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China tracing 13 people who shared flight with MERS patient

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GUANGZHOU, June 1 — Authorities in south China's Guangdong Province are still trying to reach 13 people who had close contact with the country's first Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient.

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MERS-infected S. Koreans rise to 18, no tertiary infection reported

June 2, 2015 5:15 am· Comments Off on MERS-infected S. Koreans rise to 18, no tertiary infection reported 

SEOUL, June 1 — The number of South Koreans infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to 18 Monday as three more cases were tested positive, the health ministry said.

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