Baguaio, the Next Florida Destination

In preparation for the Philippine tourism industry’s growth in the coming years, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has formulated a series of measures to strengthen the capacity of its existing and upcoming programmes. One of these measures is to upgrade and modernize the existing POEA or the Philippine Overseas Enterprise. The Philippine Overseas Enterprise (POEA) programme is presently undergoing various stages of development, all aimed to meet the requirements of both the Government and the private sector. One such measure is to further enhance the services and amenities provided by the POEA to the general public, in order to help the industry establish a solid base in the country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the POEA Board of Directors (the members of which are the Secretary of Tourism and the General Manager of the Philippine Islands Development Authority) have recently launched a memorandum circular on January 13th, titled “MBA Guidelines on Tourism Enhancement”. This circular outlines the procedures and policies that will be taken effect from now on in order to facilitate the development and expansion of the Philippine tourism industry. Among the measures included in this circular are measures to standardise the rules and structures governing the admissions and immunizations of Filipino citizens in foreign tourist facilities, and in foreign resorts and destinations in the Philippines. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is also recommending that the POEA become a member of the Philippine Travel Franchising Corporation (PTCF). The aim of this move is to promote the growth of the tourism industry in the country.

The circular also offers assistance to the Philippine Overseas Enterprise in its bid to become a member of the Miami-Dade County’s tourism board, the Florida Destination Industry Association (FDIA), which handles the tourism sector in the county. The move is part of the government’s strategy to expand the footprint of its businesses in other US cities, particularly in Florida. The proposed association will require the Philippine Enterprise to join the FDIA, a body with over one hundred member companies in over seventy counties across Florida. There is no precise estimate as to how many jobs the expansion of the Baguio airport could generate for the people of Baguaio, but it is clear that the county’s tourism sector needs the backing of the United States government. It is hoped that the new member of the POEA will encourage more US tourists to visit the Philippines and increase the number of Philippine visitors in Florida, making the state a more popular destination for international tourists.


Historical and Cultural Background of the Philippines

History of the Philippines is a great thing to study and if you have the time, you can really learn a lot from it. History of the Philippines is about the diversity of cultures, as well as history of different periods in Philippine history. It tells us the evolution of civilization in the Philippines from pre-colonial times all the way up to the present day. Although it is indeed a small book, but History of the Philippines can touch on a wide variety of topics that a big book cannot. This makes it an interesting read for anyone interested in the history of the Philippines, especially if he or she likes to read things with a slightly lighter side and does not care too much about the political intrigue.

The topic of Filipino history is so much more colorful and much wider than just the size and population of the tiny country show. Many other topics are just being lightly touched on, and there are so many resources of information, old newspapers, literary sources, official historical documents and letters, that the author did not enough time and chance to research in the compiling of such a text. This also makes the book an interesting read even for those who do not have any interest in the Philippines or in South-east Asia.

In terms of geographical location, the Philippines is close to both Cuba and Spain, as well as to the large island of Trinidad and Tobago. There are no major countries in the vicinity of the Philippines, except for Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and Guadeloupe, the French speaking coast of Puerto Rico. Some of the most important islands in the vicinity of the Philippines include the San Diego, the Catalina, the Caymans, the Borneo, the Virgin Islands, and the Vera Britta islands. If you really want to spend some time in the Philippines, all you need to do is hop on one of the airplanes that land at the Manila airport and head to your favourite destination, whatever may be your interest in the future.


3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Philippines Travel

A Philippine travel scam that is prevalent in the tourist industry is the act of giving out commissions to its customers. This is done by brokers or middlemen, who in return would be paid a certain amount of money by the tourists who visit their office for the purpose of booking a foreign tourist’s tour, an airplane ticket or even a rental car. Such brokers and middlemen have no prior information about the tourist’s requirements and therefore cannot give a correct price quotation on the said services. They are also not obligated to provide any support when it comes to queries, cancellations or refunds. This in turn would leave the customer to suffer from financial loss.

To ensure that all customers who wish to book services with Philippine travel agents are given the same high quality service, the Department of Tourism has dispatched its own branch called the Philippine Traveler’s Bureau to oversee the country’s tourism industry. But despite its reassurances, a lot of foreign nationals still opt to book their services through third-party agents or the many travel advisory websites that feature a list of legitimate and licensed Philippine travel operators in the country. This is because they want to make sure that their holiday will go as planned without having to deal with any fraudulent activities. One of the ways that tourists can determine the credibility and legitimacy of a specific travel agent is to refer to the bureau’s website.

Aside from the lack of effective service and poor customer service, another major concern for foreign tourists is the mishandling of their baggage at the airport in Manila. Most of the travelers complain about how they were pressured or asked to remove their clothes, bedding and shoes upon arrival at the airport. When checking in, they found that they could not use the bathroom and some had to ask for help since the waiting room was very crowded. For this reason, the Philippine airport has implemented several security procedures and quarantine protocols to minimize the risks of encountering illness from traveling Filipino people.