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13,000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk

GENEVA — Swiss authorities near the famed Matterhorn peak have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train service into the nearby town of.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 9th, 2018

Over 553,000 tourists visited Boracay in 1st quarter of 2018

AKLAN, Philippines – Amid news of its impending closure , Boracay Island attracted a total of 553,074 tourists during the first 3 months of 2018.  Domestic tourists registered 164,911 arrivals or 30% of the total inbound visitors, while foreign tourists registered 376,171 arrivals – up by 32% from the 284,878 tourists in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Baht seen under pressure this year

A SEASONAL DOWNTURN in Thailand’s baht driven by dividend outflows and a lack of tourists could be worse than usual this year amid rising global bond yields and less liquidity, according to Kasikornbank Pcl. A drop-off in tourists after the Songkran festival in mid-April and payouts to foreign stock investors usually spell declines for the […] The post Baht seen under pressure this year appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Philippines to shut holiday hotspot Boracay

MALAY, the Philippines: Tourists pose for photos along a beach on Boracay island in Malay town, Aklan province, central Philippines. --AFP MANILA: A decision by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

PH among Asia’s booming tourist spots

The Philippines has been tagged as one of Asia’s hottest tourism spots in a recent Forbes.com article that cites infrastructure and connectivity improvements amid continuing image problems. The March 28 article, penned by contributor Carol Ramoran-Malasig and titled “The 5 Spots in Asia That Are Booming With Tourists in 2018”, listed the country, along with [...] The post PH among Asia’s booming tourist spots appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Relief of 8 Antique cops gets slay probe going

ILOILO CITY --- Eight police officers of San Jose, Antique province, including the capital town's police chief, had been relieved of their duties amid an investigation of what was being suspected as the summary executions of two men who had fought with a police officer in a bar brawl and accused of stealing his gun and wallet. Supt. Gilbert Gorero, spokesperson of the Western Visayas police, said Senior Insp. Marc Dado, acting chief of police of San Jose, was relieved of duty on March 25, along with seven of his subordinates. Dado was transferred to the regional public holding and accounting unit of the regional police in Camp Martin Delgado here. His seven subordinates were tra...Keep on reading: Relief of 8 Antique cops gets slay probe going.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

40K plus tourists troop to Guimaras during Holy Week

MORE than 40,000 local and foreign tourists went to the island-province of Guimaras on Mar. 29-31, 2018 via two wharves in Jordan town, according to provincial tourism officer Liberty Ferrer. Ferrer said the number is only the initial data as the Provincial Tourism Office has yet to account for the number of tourists who entered […] The post 40K plus tourists troop to Guimaras during Holy Week appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Don’t wear swimsuits on the streets, Bohol police warns tourists

Wear proper clothes when you are out in the streets, this was the warning issued to tourists by the Bohol police after it reprimanded two foreigners for wearing swimsuits while riding a motorcycle in the town of Baclayon. Source link link: Don’t wear swimsuits on the streets, Bohol police warns tourists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Taj Mahal sets new time limit for visitors

India's most popular tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal, has announced that visits will be capped at three hours. As of Sunday, April 1, visitors will have to manage their time wisely while visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site, or risk having to pay extra for exceeding the time limit. The measure is aimed at crowd control; the Archaeological Survey of India points out that the monument can receive up to 50,000 visitors a day during peak season. Overall, it's estimated that the white marble mausoleum attracts between seven to eight million people a year. Though the Taj Mahal website mentions that there is no limit to how long tourists can visit the monument, that will ch...Keep on reading: Taj Mahal sets new time limit for visitors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

3 million devotees, pilgrims visit Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban

LUCENA CITY -- An estimated three million devotees and pilgrims visited "Kamay ni Hesus" shrine in Lucban town in Quezon province, the most popular Holy Week pilgrimage site in the Philippines. From Palm Sunday to Good Friday, the throngs of pilgrims to the five-hectare religious complex located in Barangay Tinamnan at the base of the mystic Mount Banahaw, reached more than three million, according to Fr. Joey Faller, the popular "healing" priest and administrator of the shrine. "That's the estimate of the staff tasked to count the incoming visitors at the gate. And it could reach more than that if we will count the arrivals of more pilgrims and tourists until Easter Sunday," F...Keep on reading: 3 million devotees, pilgrims visit Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Security tightened at pilgrim sites in Quezon and Albay

Local police and augmentation forces from the regional police headquarters and Army soldiers have been deployed as of Wednesday to ensure the safety and security of hundreds of tourists and pilgrims expected to flock to the different religious sites in Quezon and Albay provinces from MaundyThursdayto EasterSunday. In Lucban, Quezon, Chief Insp. Alejandro Onquit, the town's police chief, said they were expecting "continuous arrival of people from sunrise until evening on MaundyThursdayuntil EasterSunday." Thousands of devotees, local and foreign, flock to this town every GoodFridayto join a procession called "Santo Seor Sepulcro," featuring the image of a dead Christ. The pro...Keep on reading: Security tightened at pilgrim sites in Quezon and Albay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018

This Week’s Milestones: March 25-31, 2018

  March 25, 1942   Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (Hukbalahap) was organized at Cabiao town in Nueva Ecija province as a guerrilla group formed to fight the Japanese occupation of Central Luzon during World War II. Hukbalahap, headed by peasant organizer Luis Taruc, was the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines. From 200 guerrillas and five squadrons during its founding, the Hukbalahap membership peaked at 10,000 to 15,000.   March 30, 2013   The last remaining section of the USS Guardian, which ran aground at Tubbataha Reef, was removed after being stuck on the Unesco World Heritage Site for more than 10 weeks. The US warship ...Keep on reading: This Week’s Milestones: March 25-31, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

The ‘lazy life’ in Italy’s Vernazza town

Like sea lions sprawled on sacrificial slabs of stone, a carpet of oiled-up Italians, unfurled on the fishhook-shaped harbor of Vernazza, sunned themselves on rocks. They were all seduced by the hedonistic pleasures of la vita pigra, or the lazy life. I first heard of this local phrase from Giacomo, a geriatric landlord with a toothy grin and thick glasses, when we exchanged a set of iron keys for a swollen wad of cash (the better part of 300 euros, to be exact). I was in Florence (three hours away via high-speed bus or rapida) at the end of May---and the Tuscan capital, suddenly teeming with tourists, turned moist. The promise of an idle holiday at the Cinque Terre, a qu...Keep on reading: The ‘lazy life’ in Italy’s Vernazza town.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Authorities investigating claims teacher fed puppy to turtle

          PRESTON, Idaho --- Authorities are investigating reports a teacher fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in a rural Idaho town that was the setting for the teenage cult classic film "Napoleon Dynamite." The uproar has forced police to step up security amid threats at Preston Junior High School and other schools in the district following the incident that reportedly occurred on March 7 in front of several students after school. Investigators are looking into possible animal cruelty charges. The teacher has not been named by authorities. Preston Police Chief Mike Peterson said Friday the threats were vague but linked to the allegat...Keep on reading: Authorities investigating claims teacher fed puppy to turtle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Peso strengthens as US political turmoil sparks trade-war risk

The peso strengthened against the dollar on Thursday, March 15, as investors stayed on the sidelines amid the geopolitical noise coming from President Donald J. Trump. The local currency finished at P52.03 against the dollar on Thursday, gaining four centavos from its P52.07 close on Wednesday. The peso opened slightly weaker at P52.08 versus the […] The post Peso strengthens as US political turmoil sparks trade-war risk appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

BMI flags corporate tax reform risk

INVESTMENTS could slow amid uncertainty over planned corporate tax changes, BMI Research said in a March 13 note, noting that the second tax reform package the Finance department submitted to Congress on Jan. 16 could do business more harm than good. The second package — which follows implementation on Jan. 1 of Republic Act No. […] The post BMI flags corporate tax reform risk appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Siargao town first in Surigao del Norte to ban use of plastic bags

PILAR, Siargao Island  (MindaNews / 11 March) — Single-use plastic bags are no longer allowed in this town, the first to do so in the entire Surigao del Norte. The municipal council approved the ban in late February, amid mounting calls from local conservationists. Eladio Napil, officer-in-charge of Pilar Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office […] The post Siargao town first in Surigao del Norte to ban use of plastic bags appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Jet carrying 73 passengers overshoots Siargao runway due to bird strike

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – A passenger jet plane carrying 73 people overshot the runway in Siargao Island Tuesday morning apparently because of a bird strike, but nobody was injured in the incident. The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Del Carmen town in Siargao said the Skyjet plane ended up on […] The post Jet carrying 73 passengers overshoots Siargao runway due to bird strike appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Yields on gov’t debt climb on inflation, hawkish BSP

YIELDS on government securities (GS) rose last week amid a risk-off tone in the market due to concerns on near-term inflation as well as the hawkish sentiments from the Philippine and US central banks. GS yields rose by an average of 14.84 basis points (bps) week-on-week, data from the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. as […] The post Yields on gov’t debt climb on inflation, hawkish BSP appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Koreas combined women s hockey team debuts in friendly

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Wearing a powder-blue logo of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year's Olympics finally saw game action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators in a country that never previously showed much passion for ice hockey. The North and South Korean women's hockey players, who only began practicing together about a week ago as a combined team, showed plenty of fight in their first competitive test, crashing the boards and throwing their bodies to stop pucks and opponents, but never really threatened in a 3-1 loss to world No. 5 Sweden in Incheon, South Korea. The Koreans will play Sweden again on Feb. 12 during the Olympic tournament. But the outcome didn't seem to matter to the capacity crowd of 3,000 at the Seonhak International Ice Rink. Fans waved miniature white-and-blue flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula — the same mark on the players' uniforms — and chanted "We are one" while screaming whenever the Koreans got on the break. The arena thunderously erupted when South Korean forward Park Jong-ah cut the deficit to 2-1 during the first period. The Korean players stood to the Korean traditional tune of "Arirang" at the start of the game, instead of their respective national anthems, and received warm applause as they left the arena after the contest. "I think that the North Korean players played really well — this is one of the biggest crowds they played in front of," said Sarah Murray, the joint team's Canadian head coach. "Being added 12 days ago and not getting to practice together all that much, they played our system pretty well, so I am proud of them." The team's North Korean coach, Pak Chol Ho, said the Koreas "can do anything if they do things as one." He left the postgame news conference without taking questions. The joint Koreas team highlights a series of conciliatory measures the war-separated rivals took for the Pyeongchang games, which South Korea sees as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea following an extended period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North's nuclear program. The Olympics begin Friday, with Pyeongchang, a relatively small South Korean ski resort town, hosting the skiing, snowboarding and sliding events, and Gangneung, a coastal city about an hour's drive away, hosting the hockey, skating and curling events. North Korea plans to send hundreds of people to the games, including athletes, officials, artists and a 230-member cheering group. Skeptics think the country is trying to use the games to weaken U.S.-led sanctions and pressure and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal. The decision to create the joint hockey team, which wasn't reached until January, triggered heated debate in South Korea, where many people thought the South Korean players were being unfairly asked to sacrifice playing time to their North Korean teammates, who are seen as less skilled and experienced. Murray, who coached South Korea before taking over the combined team, had also expressed concerns over team chemistry. Sunday's friendly was Murray's only opportunity to experiment with potential lineups in game situations before the start of the Olympics. She previously said the North Koreans' hard-hitting style would be suited for her fourth line, a group of players asked to provide physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest. But after seeing them in practice and now in game action, she sees potentially bigger roles for some of the North Koreans, including Jong Su Hyon, a forward who Murray says has broken onto her second line. "They are eager to learn and get better," Murray said about the North Koreans. "We have been having team meetings with them and they ask so many questions. The meeting's supposed to be 15 minutes, and an hour later we are still talking and we are still watching video." The Korean players, at least on the surface, appear to be getting along. They arrived at the arena Sunday relaxed and playful, stretching and jumping in the hallway to get loose before gathering in a scrum and shouting "Team Korea!" Seven of the players later formed a circle and started kicking around a rubber ball, giggling whenever the ball bounced away from them. Amid a heavy police presence, hundreds of supporters began gathering outside the stadium hours before the game despite the icy weather, including dozens who danced to music in matching white parkas and hoodies with the peninsula logo and shouted "Win, Korea!" "I don't even care about the results, I just want to cheer for them and see them work together and help each other out on the ice," said Kim Hye-ryeon, 42, who brought her two children, 8 and 6, to the game. Kim Won-jin, a 33-year-old who made a several-hour trip to the game with his wife and 3 1/2-year-old son from the city of Daejeon, hoped the Korean players had overcome any uneasiness they may have had over the distribution of playing time. "If we ever get unified again, these young players of the South and North will be able to look back and be proud that what they did contributed to a historic change," he said. Not everyone was happy. Across the street from the arena, dozens of anti-Pyongyang activists glumly waved South Korean and U.S. flags to denounce what they said had become the "Pyongyang Olympics." They roared as one of the protesters ripped the banner of the peninsula logo atop a van......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

El Nido s balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

PALAWAN, Philippines – The El Nido local government finds managing its natural environment challenging due to the constant demands coming from its booming tourism industry. “It is very challenging because this is a developing municipality, and as tourists are coming in, we have to provide appropriate services to them,” town ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018