Standard advertisement to encourage Aussies to travel to the benefit of some Aussi travel agencies.
Edwinic, that was not a constructive comment. Nor did it sensibly add to the TA forum.
Travellers (including TA members) travel to enjoy, to learn and to visit people and places and often experience different scenery and cultures.
I see nothing wrong with encouraging individuals to travel.
Sustainable tourism increases employment at hotels, at cafes and for transport operators.. Countries like the Philippines need the resultant investment and jobs, provided of course that visitors are respectful of local culture, religion and the environment.
Its very nice to see the Philippines mentioned in a National Newspaper.. Tourism is badly needed here in PI, and even with some negative issues that plague the country, Philippines offers a great variety and wealth of adventure, fun, sun, beaches, history, and many others...
As problems exist in all countries for Tourism, I am glad to see that the Philippines has at least earned mention in major publications and guides throughout the world... for what ever the motive might be... at least it has earned the right of mention, and is truly one of Asia premier travel destinations.
It will benefit the Filipino economy more than Aussies economy.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Totally agree with the comments in that article below:
What we say: The Philippines is an easy place for Aussies to travel to because most Filipinos are friendly and speak excellent English. Those who love Bali for its beaches will be spoiled for choice in the Philippines, where 7107 islands offer many beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
The capital, Manila, has some of the best shopping and nightlife in South-East Asia. And Filipino cuisine is a delicious blend of Spanish, Chinese and South-East Asian influences. The Spanish left a legacy of fascinating historical forts and churches around the country.
Most importantly, the favourable exchange rate means that the Philippines is an affordable destination for Aussies.
Thanks for this great find. I have been to Phuket and Bali, they are both beautiful so are the beaches here in the Philippines. I am just envious with how much Bali and Phuket are being marketed. The Philippine Tourism Department should be more aggressive to sell the Philippines as a main destination and not just an alternative to other great destinations.
Kegler makes a good point.. I do think that part of the "problem" if you will is that while the Philippines has some very good, very popular domestic spots for tourist, they are also right in the middle of, and neighbors to, some other regional destinations... be that Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia or the like.. that are very aggressively marketed abroad.
I also think that part of the issue is accessibility.. I speak of this from several standpoints...
First, is there a fairly wide selection of flights *to* the Philippines from most major air hubs of the world? I think that as PR regains financial footing and other foreign airlines expand their RP services, this will only get better and make visiting the PI a more attractive and cost/time effective alternative to more popular places like Thailand..
Second, given that the PI is one of the world's largest archipelagos, this makes accessibility to second and third tier cities/islands a bit more challenging due simply to the geographic reality.. But again, with the expansion of domestic airlines like Cebu Pacific-- no matter how you may feel about them, their service or otherwise-- and with other foreign airlines operating directly into second tier cities (like CEB) the fact that there are more air options between first, second and third tier cities, only enhances the value of a PI vacation..
Again, like Thailand where it's cost and time effective to fly between Bangkok and Phuket.. as there are more readily accessible, time and cost effective domestic transportation options, this only enhances the value to coming to the PI for vacation over other more popular regional destinations..
I suspect that we'll see more people coming to the PI for vacations if the current trend continues..
Bohol is nice diving destination. Took a boat ride on loboc river, saw tarsers, dove on nice reefs off Panglau.
Hi GOPBI, you are spot on! As an example, European travelers don't have a varied choice if they want to go the Philippines as only KLM is the only Europe-based airline that fly direct to MNL. One problem of being an archipelago is the intra-travel arrangements, flying is expensive for many and taking a ferry or bus is quite tiring to some.
I think one advantage the Philippines has is that millions of Filipinos are living in almost every country in the world and they can be a good "marketer" to their foreign friends.