Cebuana pilots first AirAsia Manila-Davao flight

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:04 a.m.

DAVAO CITY -- AirAsia Philippines re-launched on Friday, March 27, its Manila-Davao flight with an all-female crew, led by a Cebuana captain, manning its Flight Z2 611.

Gisela Z. Bendong is the first woman pilot of AirAsia Philippines, which is now flying to Davao from Manila three times daily.

AirAsia piso fare is back

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 05:46 p.m.

MANILA -- The highly-anticipated AirAsia piso fare is back again, with more than three million seats up for grabs to over 20 countries across AirAsia Group's wide route network, including AirAsia X.

(Piso fare seats are P1 base fare excluding airport taxes, fees and optional services. Terms and conditions apply.)

Airlines to launch more direct flights from Davao

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

THE opening of more direct flights from Davao City to key cities in the country is seen to drive competition as it is seen to provide travelers more flight choices at affordable rates.

US-based cruise ship to attract tourists

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:46 p.m.

THE docking of the MS Caledonian Sky of the US-based cruise liner Zegrahm Expeditions in Davao City on Thursday is seen to boost the tourism of Davao Region.

Department of Tourism (DOT)-Davao Director Roberto Alabado III told reporters at the sidelines of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (Cancham) Davao Chapter that the docking of the cruise ship shows that Davao Region and Davao City can become a destination for cruise ships.

AirAsia introduces pass for travel within Asean region

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

BANGKOK–AirAsia introduced the “AirAsia Asean Pass” and the “AirAsia Asean Pass+” to boost travel by making traveling within the region a seamless experience. The passes are available at, with the AirAsia Asean Pass retailing at P7,200 for 10 credits and AirAsia Asean Pass+ for P12,900 with 20 credits, exclusive of terminal fees and airport taxes.

Davao's tourism gets further boost

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE revival of AirAsia Philippines' Manila-Davao-Manila flights starting on March 27 is seen to further boost the tourism industry in Davao City, a city tourism official said.

AirAsia reconnects Cebu-Kota Kinabalu

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 06:54 p.m.

MANILA -- AirAsia Philippines, the Filipino low cost carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, said it will recommence direct flights between Cebu and Kota Kinabalu on March 27 with four flights weekly or every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Promotional seats from as low as P699, one-way, are available for booking now until February 8 at with travel period from March 27, 2015 to March 26, 2016.

Malaysian tourists arrivals in W. Visayas increase

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 08:22 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – Malaysian tourists in the Philippines are increasing, while Boracay Island is the most favored destination in Western Visayas, according to the region's Department of Tourism.

According to the DOT's report, there is a 233.17 percent increase in Malaysian tourist arrivals for Western Visayas with 19,890 arrivals as of January 7, 2015, higher compared to 2013's 5,970 tourist arrivals.

CEB, PAL cancel flights, Jan. 15, 19

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 12:46 a.m.

CEBU Pacific (CEB) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have cancelled a total of 16 flights between Davao City and Manila during the visit of Pope Francis which begins on January 15.

Mövenpick supports PAL's new flights from Cebu to Osaka and Nagoya

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

FLAG carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), and one of Cebu's five-star hotels, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, forged a partnership to further promote tourism in Cebu and provide excellent service to tourists.

The partnership commenced Wednesday during PAL's inauguration of new flights from Cebu to Osaka and Nagoya, Japan. This is in response to the public's clamor for more routes to Japan.

Japan flights ‘to boost tourism’

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes more tourists from Japan will come to the country after carriers like the Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) started flying direct to Osaka and Nagoya from Cebu.

AirAsia offers super low fares in Visit Bohol 2015 fair

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 05:46 p.m.

MANILA -- Bohol is moving to become the must-go destination in the Philippines, as it launches new and exciting tourist attractions with rock bottom prices for airfares, hotels, resorts and tours during a travel fair to be held in Glorieta Mall in Makati City on December 8-10.

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto said: “We will also formally launch our newest campaign titled: 'Behold...BOHOL,' which was developed with the help of CNN’s branding expert Anita Mendiratta. Bohol is the first province that benefitted from an outreach program of CNN.”

More Pinoys seen to visit Japan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.

MORE Filipino tourists are expected to visit Japan starting this year amid the relaxation of its visa policy, increased number of direct flights, attractive exchange rate and tax free shopping, top officials of Japan’s tourism agency said.

AirAsia Zest offers P0.01 seat sale

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 05:58 p.m.

MANILA -- AirAsia Zest, the Filipino low cost carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline for six consecutive years, is proud to offer P0.01 seat sale for all domestic and international destinations.

Promo seats are available for booking starting November 10 at until November 16, 2014, for the travel period from June 10, 2015 to January 17, 2016.

CebPac adds more flights

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) will add more flights from its Davao Davao hub in time for the holiday season.

Michelle Eve de Guzman, CEB marketing communications manager, said during a press briefing at the Seda Abreeza Hotel on Thursday that they will be increasing the frequency of Davao-Manila, Davao-Cebu, Davao-Cagayan de Oro, and Davao-Iloilo flights.

CEB to launch direct Cebu-Tokyo flights

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

THE country's leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air plans to strengthen its Cebu hub with direct Cebu-Tokyo (Narita) flights starting March 26, 2015.

AirAsia revives Davao-Cebu flights

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

IN A bid to expand their routes, AirAsia Zest is set to revive its Cebu-Davao-Cebu flights this December.

"Davao City is an important gateway to Mindanao and as we expand our operations with new international direct flights and 'fly thru' products, Dabawenyos will now have an easy access to AirAsia Group's massive network of 88 destinations stretching across China, India, and Australia," Joy Cañeba, AirAsia Zest chief executive officer, said in a statement.

AirAsia to make Cebu major hub

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

BUDGET carrier AirAsia Zest (AirAsia) said it will make Cebu one of its biggest hubs in the country by mounting more routes.

Yesterday, the carrier launched its newest routes from Cebu to Davao and Cagayan de Oro City to boost traffic in Mindanao’s top tourism cities.

Bidding for Davao air, sea port projects set next year

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:12 p.m.

THE National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Davao Region said they are targeting to start the bidding for the development of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (FBIA) and the Davao Sasa Port by next year.

Neda 11 regional director Maria Lourdes D. Lim, during the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan 2014-2016 Roadshow at Grand Men Seng Hotel yesterday, said the bidding will be start once the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, the PPP arm of Neda, completes the document for the bidding of the projects.

DOT positions PH as top Mice destination

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing to reinvigorate its plans and programs to position the Philippines as the top destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (Mice) next year.

3 Davao events in Visit Philippines 2015

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Davao (DOT-11) director and assistant secretary for Mindanao Art Boncato Jr. announced on Wednesday the three major events in Davao Region that will be included in the Visit Philippines Year 2015 (VPY2015) campaign.

Inspection of tourism biz to be intensified

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

THE proposed amended Tourism Code of Davao City will strengthen the inspection teams who will be monitoring tourist establishments in the city, an official said.

DOT unveils visit PH campaign

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is inviting tourism stakeholders to register their activities with the country’s year-round calendar of events in 2015 as a strategy to encourage more local and foreign tourists to visit the Philippines.

Tumi: Innovating travel and business essentials

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 09:10 p.m.

A US-BRAND that recently landed in Davao City to provide Dabawneyos with world-class business and travel essentials now offers new designs in a bid to upgrade, uncomplicated, and beautify all aspects of life on the move.

Starting this month, Tumi, which is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Primer Group of Companies, offers its Fall 2014 collection that will be made available at The Travel Club Abreeza.

DOT-Davao gears up for Visit Philippines

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Davao Region is gearing up for the upcoming Visit Philippines 2015 slated next year.

"Next year is Visit the Philippines Year 2015, wherein the Philippines is designated as the country destination of the year in Asean. And we need to come up with various activities and events for the whole year," said Eden Josephine L. David, DOT regional chief tourism operations officer.

Nissan offers P25T for Almera buyers

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:12 p.m.

NISSAN Cebu Distributors, Inc. is giving away P25,000 to those who would get a Nissan Almera until Oct. 15.

For P63,000, one may acquire a Nissan Almera 1.5 MT, which has been noted as the biggest and longest in its class for having a 490-liter trunk space and 636-mm in cabin space.

Target: 46M domestic tourists in 2015

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:03 p.m.

THE Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) aims to draw 46 million domestic tourists in 2015 as it noted a significance growth in tourism investments in the country.

This year, an increase in foreign tourist arrivals was noted by ATOP with 2.8 million from January to July compared to last year's arrivals of 2.7 million.

DOT 11 to promote other tourism sites in Davsur

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 is eyeing to intensify the promotion of other tourism products in Davao del Sur in the coming years.

Eden Josephine L. David, DOT 11 Chief Tourism Operations Officer, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said when it comes to tourism, Mt. Apo is the only popular destination in Davsur even though the province has a lot more to offer like caves and beaches.

Boutique hotel to open in the heart of Oro

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

OPENING in the city on this first day of October is The Pacifico Boutique Hotel, the first boutique hotel in Cagayan de Oro.

PAL announces flights to NY by March 15

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:36 p.m.

PHILIPPINE Airlines is flying to New York City on March 15, 2015, marking the carrier’s much-awaited network expansion to the US east coast.

In announcing the New York service, PAL Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lucio C. Tan said, “This auspicious start of regular flights to New York will coincide with PAL’s 74th founding anniversary.”