Promotional campaign ng iba pang tourist destination sa Western Visayas, hiniling sa DOT

(Eagle News) — Hiniling ng mga opisyal mula sa Western Visayas sa Department of Tourism (DOT) na bigyan ng prayoridad ang iba pang tourist destination sa rehiyon sa kanilang promotional campaign. Kasunod ito ng nakaambang closure ng Boracay. Ayon kay Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, susunod sila sa rekomendasyon ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at DOT na isara sa loob ng anim na buwan ang […]

Guimaras Island, nakikilala na rin bilang isang summer destination

(Eagle News) — Dahil sa napipintong pagpapasara ng Boracay Island, naghahanap na ngayon ng iba pang summer destination ang pamahalaan upang mai-alok sa mga turistang magtutungo sa Pilipinas. Isa na rito ang Guimaras Island na hindi lang pala kilala sa matamis at masarap nitong mangga, kundi pati na sa magaganda nitong dalampasigan. Ang Guimaras Island ay kilala sa buong mundo bilang exporter ng pinakamasarap na mangga. Subalit kapag ganitong tag-init, sikat rin ang Guimaras dahil […]

Street art makes a splash in Hong Kong

by Elaine Yu Agence France Presse HONG KONG, China (AFP) — From murals made famous by Instagram to painting battles, Hong Kong’s once largely underground street art scene has exploded in recent years and is now blossoming across the city’s walls and alleyways. The commercial high end of the art world is at the fore in March, with gallerists, collectors, and celebrities descending on Hong Kong for the annual Art Basel fair. But English mural […]

Hip cafe chain staffed by disabled workers opens in Paris

by Pascale Juilliard and Fiachra Gibbons Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — It is a hip-looking cafe like any other in central Paris, thronged with lunchtime dinners. Except that Joyeux has a little something extra — many of its cooks and waiters have one more chromosome. The coffee shop is the latest in a chain of lunch joints springing up across France staffed by people with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive disabilities. “Joyeux” […]

Finland is world’s happiest country, Burundi least content: UN

  ROME Italy (AFP) — Finland is the world’s happiest country while troubled Burundi is the most discontent, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. In addition to its joyful locals, Finland is also home to the happiest immigrants, the study found. The Nordic nation headed up the 156-country ranking, followed by last year’s winner Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland. The United States and the United Kingdom were in 18th and 19th place respectively. […]

#EBCphotography: The Hogwarts Express made real at the Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

    A replica of the Hogwarts Express is one of the many attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka which is attracting numerous visitors yearly. More than three years after this opened at Universal Studio Japan (USJ) in Osaka on July 15, 2014, USJ has doubled its foreign visitors and reached two million in 2017. According to an expert, the theme park’s original attractions that […]

#EBCphotography: A view of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios in Japan

      More than three years after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studio Japan (USJ) in Osaka on July 15, 2014, USJ has doubled its foreign visitors and reached two million in 2017. According to an expert, the theme park’s original attractions that are not found elsewhere have met foreign public demand. Two of the main attractions that are not found in its counterparts in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California […]

Travel: Best of 2018 New York Times Travel Show

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Attendance records were broken earlier this year at the New York Times Travel Show, the largest consumer travel show in America. Held at the Jacob Javits Center, the annual travel show on its 15th year reached a record of 32,398 participants, the highest attendance in its history. Over 600 companies participated, representing 176 countries. “Each year, more and more travel professional and enthusiasts […]

Record tourist arrivals in Paris in 2017

PARIS, France (AFP) — After two years during which Paris was scarred by terror attacks, tourists returned to the French capital in record numbers in 2017, hotel booking figures showed Thursday. Hotels in the Paris area received 2.9 million more foreign and French visitors compared to 2016, an increase of 9.5 percent that added 1.6 billion euros ($2 billion) to the sector’s coffers, the tourism committee for the Paris region said. “Tourism rebounded in spectacular […]

Dubai opens world’s tallest hotel, again

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Gulf metropolis Dubai, on its never-ending quest to break records, announced the opening of the “world’s new tallest hotel” Sunday, pipping another towering landmark in the city for the title. The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel stands 356 meters, or nearly a quarter of a mile, tall. The new record-holder is within view of its predecessor, Dubai’s JW Mariott Marquis — just one meter shorter. The Gevora’s first guests […]