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4 Must-Visit Cities In Philippines

4 Must-Visit Cities In Philippines

Its beaches, heritage towns and monuments, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots are among the Philippines most popular tourist destinations. Here is the best of Philippines destination for your next visit.

Clark
Clark is a sprawling, cosmopolitan metropolis that offers many places of interest and a host of events and activities accessible to a wide spectrum of tourists and visitors. Choose from a variety of duty free shops, shopping malls, bars and restaurants located inside the secured boundaries of the Freeport. Accommodation is never a problem as numerous lodging facilities offering premium service for very reasonable rates are at your disposal. For the more adventurous, try hot-air ballooning, ultralight flying, skydiving or off-road driving. You can also go trekking at Mt. Pinatubo or go on an aerial tour of it.Join the thrill of the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in February and other special events lined up for the year.

Dipolog
Visit Western Mindanao's gateway city and enjoy the beauty of its exquisite beaches - like Dakak Beach Resort. Nestled in a private cove, this coastal hideaway boasts of white fine sand and crystal clear waters. Take a plunge in the cool blue sea or comb the beach either on foot or horseback. Head inland and explore the lush forests through hiking trails. You'll be amazed by the wildlife in the area - exotic birds that paint the sky with their brilliant colors or the native deer that gently roam these tranquil woods

Dumaguete
Dumaguete is known as “The City of Gentle People.” It’s easy to see why – this is a serene university town filled with genteel locals, and its atmosphere is conducive to artistic and scholarly pursuits. No visit to Dumaguete would be complete without spending time on Rizal Boulevard, a beachfront promenade along the city’s commercial district. Thanks to its restaurants, tempurahan (hawker-style stalls) and various watering holes, the area is an excellent place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a lively evening with friends.

Iloilo
Centuries-old churches, watchtowers and ancestral mansions make Iloilo a virtual museum city and historical showcase. For a glimpse of an even remoter past, its museums and private collections have on display Chinese porcelain, prehistoric artifacts and fossil shells. Its inland hideaways - Nagarao, Naburot, Sicigin - with white sand beaches and coral-rich waters, have become the favorite playgrounds of divers and beach-lovers.

Hawaiian Airlines – Visit The Friendly Isle of Molokai

Hawaiian Airlines – Visit The Friendly Isle of Molokai

Molokai Places

Its small-town, down-to-earth character earned Molokai its nickname, "The Friendly Isle." Molokai has preserved its slow paced, laid-back lifestyle and connection to the past. You won't find any traffic lights here. Just friendliness. Molokai is Hawaii's fifth-largest island and only 38 miles long and 10 miles wide. Yet it's home to the highest sea cliffs in the world as recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records, at 3,600 to 3,900 feet.

Plan your holiday to Molokai with Hawaiian Airlines.

 

Halawa Valley
This lush valley on the eastern end of Molokai is a hike through history. Ancient Polynesians may have settled here as early as 650 AD. The verdant valley has hidden heiau (sacred Hawaiian temples), a secluded beach, and the towering 250-foot Mooula Falls.

Kalaupapa Peninsula
When Hansen's disease (leprosy) was first discovered in the Hawaiian Islands in 1835, King Kamehameha V decreed that all those afflicted be sent to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula. In 1864, Joseph De Veuster arrived in Honolulu, was ordained as a priest, and nine years later known as Father Damien went to Kalaupapa to care for the Hansen’s disease patients.

Alii Fishpond
Hawaiian fishponds are unique and advanced forms of aquaculture found nowhere else in the world. And Molokai has several well-preserved ones dotting the island’s southern coastline, many of them built more than 700 years ago. Kaunakakai, alone, has two fishponds Alii and Ualapue  that have been designated as his landmarks.

Kanemitsu Bakery
No matter what time of day (except Tuesdays), you can get fresh bread at this 80-year-old bakery. If you want it really fresh, go with those “in the know” who go for “hot bread runs” at night. Line up at the back door from 9 p.m. when the bread finishes baking; you can order it with butter, jelly, cinnamon, or cream cheese.

Molokai Coffee Plantation
Kona isn’t the only place in Hawaii that grows good coffee. On Molokai, there is a 500-acre farm, and the trees grow in the vivid red dirt that the island is known for. Their self-guided deck tour will give you a brief overview of Molokai’s coffee industry, and of course, you’ll want to taste. Try to be there on Tuesdays when they feature live local music jam sessions during lunch.

Maldives welcomes the 500,000th tourist for the year 2020

Maldives welcomes the 500,000th tourist for the year 2020

Today marks the grand arrival of the 500,000th tourist for the year 2020. During a momentous ceremony held at Velana International Airport today, the tourist was identified by the Ministry of Tourism, together with Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Immigration and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). The 500,000th tourist, Kirstin Madeleine Nittke, arrived from Germany via Emirates.

On arrival, she was identified at the Immigration counter and greeted by the welcoming team. She was then presented with a sash and flower garland around her neck.

She was ushered outside where she was then escorted onto the stage where senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, MMPRC, Maldives Immigration and MACL received her. On stage, there was a festivity of Maldivian cultural activities, live Bodu Beru and Dhandi Jehun by traditional boduberu group, Bidhabin.

She was then awarded a special gift by Dr. Naushad Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Tourism; a product from Maldives Wave; Velaa series from Liyela collection.

Upon this accomplishment, the Minister of Tourism, Honorable Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, stated, “Today we celebrate the arrival of 500,000 tourists. Surpassing this milestone in this challenging year in advance of the forecasted date is the result of combined efforts of tourism industry partners and the government. It is the result of HEP Solih’s timely decisions backed by the tourism industry partners’ determination to revive our tourism industry. Thanks to travel and tourism industry partners, employees, and associations. I take this opportunity to convey heartfelt appreciation to the Health Protection Agency, health professionals, related government authorities, and volunteers for their hard work to brand the Maldives as a safe and secure destination to the international community. A very warm applause to the lovely Maldivians for this remarkable achievement. #TogetherWeCan.”

The special gift, Tanu, was handed over by the Managing Director of MMPRC, Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, alongside special gifts by the Deputy Controller of Maldives Immigration, Mr. Ibrahim Ashraf, and the Managing Director & Chief Operating Executive of MACL, Mr. Gordon Andrew Stewart.

A Holiday Voucher of a 7-nights complimentary accommodation in an Island Villa on Full Board Basis, at Coco Bodu Hithi was also handed over by Mr. Mohamed Shiham, the Operations Manager of Coco Bodu Hithi.

“Amidst such a pandemic, it is a remarkable feat to keep on achieving such milestones. We welcomed the 100,000th visitor since the border reopening just a few days ago and today we are celebrating the arrival of the 500,000th visitor for the year. This is, indeed, the result of joint efforts by the entire tourism industry in both the public and private sector. I would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work in making this year such a successful one,” remarked Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, the Managing Director of MMPRC.

This was followed by the presentation of a voucher for the first of its kind COVID-19 Insurance by Allied Inbound, by Mr. Ahmed Shabiq, the General Manager of Allied Insurance and a special gift by Mr. Shabeen Ali, the Director Network IT & Planning of Ooredoo.

The Controller General of Immigration, Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Hussain stated, “On this special occasion I would like to congratulate the 500,000th tourist of 2020 and everyone involved in the tourism industry for achieving this milestone. For decades, Maldives has been famous for its natural beauty and world-class hospitality attracting travelers from around the globe. Despite this global pandemic, we “Maldives Immigration” dedicate our commitments and full support to harness the tourism industry and move forward to boost our economy.”

The CEO & MD of MACL Mr. Andrew Gordon Stewart also expressed his sentiments on this special day. “We have great news from the Maldives. We have reached the 500,000th tourist arrival milestone and this is a remarkable achievement which we are all very proud of. So much effort has been put in place for this day and I can honestly say that Team Maldives did exceptionally well in promoting destination Maldives as a safe place to visit. We believe that we have contributed our part in maintaining our high safety standards at Velana International Airport and with our attractive incentive packages to our partner airlines. I would like to continue to assure our guests that Velana International Airport will maintain its high standards of safety until vaccines are successfully administered. The Maldives has already earned international recognition as a great holiday destination and the future looks bright, in fact sunny. Every month our Tourist Arrivals are increasing, and this is very positive and encouraging, where Tourism is the backbone of Maldives. I congratulate our lucky 500,000th tourist this year and I thank all stakeholders who have made the Maldives Dream come true.”

The event was held together with the support of industry and media partners, and it concluded with a group photo taken with the tourist alongside all the event partners, followed by a cultural performance.

It is anticipated that the country will reach peak arrival rates during the year of 2021, taking the rate up to 1.5 million tourist arrivals.

Seabourn Collects Two “Best” Wins As Part of Afar Travelers’ Awards

Seabourn Collects Two “Best” Wins As Part of Afar Travelers’ Awards

Seabourn, the ultra-luxury resort at sea, has been voted “Best Medium-Ship Cruise” and “Best Experiential Itineraries” by the readers of AFAR as part of the publication’s annual AFAR Travelers’ Awards.

“We constantly strive to provide the best luxury travel experience to exceed our guests’ expectations, and we thank the readers of AFAR for their acknowledgement of that effort,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “These recognitions are a testament to our team, shipboard and on shore, and the commitment we all maintain to deliver the personalized and intuitive service that has consistently made Seabourn the best.”

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel. Our all-inclusive, boutique ships offer: all-suite accommodations with oceanfront views; award-winning dining; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available at all times; renowned service provided by an industry-leading crew; a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel at home; a pedigree in expedition travel through the Ventures by Seabourn program and two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships coming in 2021 and 2022. Seabourn takes travelers to every continent on the globe travel with more than 400 ports including marquee cities and lesser-known ports and hideaways. The line is also the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage.

Guests of Seabourn experience extraordinary offerings and programs, including partnerships with leading entertainers, dining, personal health and wellbeing, and engaging speakers.

Alitalia -Tirana The Beauty of Frescoes and Islamic Art

Alitalia -Tirana The Beauty of Frescoes and Islamic Art

Tirana is a city defined not by its history, but by how it has grown from it. The brightly colored and brilliantly designed facades of the once-gloomy communist structures are a reflection of the city’s modern vitality and optimism – the legacy of former mayor and artist, Edi Rama. Fly to Tirana aboard one of Alitalia’s comfortable contemporary jetliners and sample the positive energy of Albania’s capital city for yourself.

THEN AND NOW
The buildings in Tirana provide a glimpse into the city’s storied past. The Et’hem Bey Mosque is an excellent example of architecture dating back to the Ottoman occupation, filled with beautiful frescoes and Islamic art. Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard is the best place to view the city’s Italian and communist influences. Visit the Ish-Blloku neighborhood. Commonly known as Blloku, the former residential hub for senior communist officials is now the most modern district in the city, booming with trendy boutiques and cafés. It is also the best place to enjoy Tirana’s rapidly-growing nightlife scene.

GOOD VIBRATIONS
The best way to fully experience the joy that Tirana can bring is to wander its bohemian neighborhoods and absorb the hopefulness that the city exudes. Book your tickets to Tirana for June or September for balmy, comfortable weather during your visit.

Source:  www.alitalia.com