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Philippine Airlines – Bacolod, The City of Smile

Philippine Airlines – Bacolod, The City of Smile

Known as the City of Smiles because of the friendly disposition of its residents, Metro Bacolod – comprised of the cities of Bacolod, Talisay and Silay – boasts heritage mansions, modern culinary offerings and a robust art scene. Complete your visit with a day tour to these nearby getaways.

Things To See & Do

This quiet coastal town four hours from Bacolod City has earned the moniker “Jewel of Negros” for its clear waters and posh waterfront private residences that overlook stone formations covered in lush vegetation. Divers will enjoy exploring any of the 44 diving sites that all promise different species of fish and colorful coral reefs.

Danjugan Island
Getting to this eco-tourism destination involves a three-hour drive from Bacolod City and a 30-minute ferry ride. Once a threatened and over-fished area, Danjugan Island is now a protected sanctuary with thriving marine and terrestrial life. Danjugan has five lagoons, numerous coral reefs and limestone forests, and you can even spend the night.

The Ruins
Take a selfie at The Ruins in Talisay City – a two-level mansion in the middle of an hacienda that was built in early 1900s and destroyed by American troops in WWII.


Where To Dine & Drink

Carbin Reef
The whole trip from Bacolod City to this sandbar in the middle of the 32,000ha Sagay Marine Reserve takes about three hours, including a short ferry ride. Dip into the pristine waters while tucking into a feast of ceviche, grilled seafood, chicken and lechon, all prepared by Enting’s Special of Sagay – make sure you give them at least one week’s notice.

Ann Co Cakes
Beat the heat with a bowl of halo-halo at Ann Co Cakes, a dessert store in Silay City

Virgie's Homemade Products
Buy your food souvenirs at Virgie’s Homemade Products – you can’t go wrong with the mango tarts and galletas.

PAL flights schedule from Manila to Bacolod and return

Sector Flight No Departure Arrival Frequency
MNL - BCD PR 2131 12:25 13:40 MON - FRI
BCD – MNL PR 2132 14:30 15:45 MON - FRI - SUN
Aeroflot – Orsk, the city of an admirable historical buildings

Aeroflot – Orsk, the city of an admirable historical buildings

Orsk is a city in the Orenburg region lying at the foot of the Ural Mountains, close to the Kazakhstan–Russia border. You wouldn’t call the city a tourist destination, although its numerous architectural and historical monuments give it a good chance of becoming one. Admirable historical buildings, the famous jasper deposits and a peculiar geographical setting make the city worth visiting.

Mount Preobrazhenskaya is the symbol of the Old City. This is where the first Orsk fortress was founded in 1735. Here you can find a special commemorative plaque and the city’s oldest Preobrazhensky Cathedral. Originally built of wood, it was rebuilt repeatedly to eventually acquire its modern look in the traditional Old Russian style in the late 19th century. Next to it is the Nikolskaya Church.

Besides, the Sovetsky district can boast many old buildings and constructions, such as the house of the merchant Nazarov (1871), the city council office (1890), the mansion of the merchant Aksenov (1910), the residential house of the merchant Matz (1916) and the girl’s high school located in the house of the merchant Khamitov (1914). Built in the German classicism style, Orsk railway station should be given particular attention. Once in the New Town, you should definitely visit the Museum of Local Lore, which unravels the history of these places, the Church of Perpetual Help of Our Lady (the only Catholic church in Orsk) and the Central Park of Culture and Rest to relax after a long walk.

SU flight schedule from Bangkok (BKK) - Sheremetyevo (SVO) - Orsk (OSW) and return.

Sector Flight No Departure Arrival  Frequency
BKK - SVO SU273 02:55  09:15 Saturday
SVO - OSW SU1060 10:45 15:20  Daily
Sector Flight No Departure Arrival Frequency
OSW - SVO SU1061 16:20 17:10 Daily 
SVO - BKK SU272 21:25  10:40  Saturday
Visit Maldives Launches “REDEFINING MICE” Global Campaign

Visit Maldives Launches “REDEFINING MICE” Global Campaign

Visit Maldives launches “Redefining MICE” global campaign to promote the country as a preferred MICE destination. The campaign was launched during a special luncheon held on the sidelines of the MILT Congress held in Grand Hyatt Mumbai on 5th October 2021.

The purpose of this campaign is to promote the Maldives as an emerging top destination to conduct meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) events. Our aim is to redefine the business environment, which is often thought to be sombre, serious and limited to boardrooms and conference halls. Through this campaign, Maldives will be promoted as a destination that is perfect to seamlessly merge business with leisure by promoting different experiences. MILT Congress is an event with a reputation for bringing together carefully vetted Indian MICE buyers to meet international suppliers.

“Maldives is unparalleled in offering that quintessential ‘laid-back’ atmosphere for thought- provoking and stimulating discussions. It is a special honour to launch our Redefining MICE campaign here at the MILT Congress. There is no setting more appropriate to introduce our MICE offerings than here in India, the most important market for Maldives tourism today.” Managing Director of Visit Maldives, Thoyyib Mohamed said while speaking during the launch of the Redefine MICE campaign.

During the launching event, Visit Maldives, along with industry partners Baglioni Resort Maldives & Villa Hotels & Resorts, gave a presentation on offers available for the MICE segment, followed by conferencing and networking sessions.

Through this event, we also provided the attendees with the latest destination information and travel guidelines and promoted the Maldives as a safe haven due to the naturally social-distanced geography and the stringent safety measures in place at our resorts, hotels, guesthouses and liveaboards, amidst the global pandemic. A raffle was drawn during the launching of the Redefining MICE campaign, which gave a lucky winner, along with a partner, a 3 nights free holiday at Paradise Island Resort.

Through this global campaign, Maldives will be promoted as an ideally located venue for regional gatherings, providing the opportunity to transform any MICE event from sombre to exciting. During the campaign, many activities are planned to be held across the globe in the coming months by Visit Maldives in collaboration with our foreign PR agencies and industry partners, to promote the Maldives as a preferred location for businesses to hold their next MICE business event.

These activities will be held from October to November 2021 and will include global media campaigns, participation in MICE exhibitions, social media campaigns, distribution of digital brochures and videos, MICE FAM trips, a dedicated MICE landing page on Visit Maldives website and MICE dedicated roadshows in different countries.

The Jaw-Dropping Islands of Maldives to Be Featured on Travel Weekly Asia

The Jaw-Dropping Islands of Maldives to Be Featured on Travel Weekly Asia

Visit Maldives has commenced a campaign with Travel Weekly Asia to promote Maldives as a leading safe destination and to showcase products and experiences offered in the Maldives to the travel trade community in South East Asia.

Held from September 2021 until January 2022, the campaign ultimately aims to position Maldives as the most preferred destination of choice for SEA travelers.

Travel Weekly Asia is the largest B2B marketing solutions and information provider serving all segments of the travel industry. The reputable company reaches 25,000 inbound and outbound travel agents.

Under the campaign, Travel Weekly Asia will publish content showcasing the Maldives’ broad range of accommodation offerings highlighting resorts, guesthouses, liveaboards and hotels. Additionally, content on food, culture, and experiences unique to the Maldives will be featured as well.

Furthermore, a video billboard showcasing the jaw-dropping scenery of the Maldives will be featured on the Travel Weekly Asia website for four weeks, and a full-page advertisement will be published in the November issue of Travel Weekly Asia’s e-magazine with an accompanying editorial feature of the Maldives. The content under this campaign is estimated to reach over 159,887 members of the travel trade community.

This 5-month long campaign will help maintain destination presence, inspire travelers, provide updated news on the destination to the travel trade and create awareness about the activities that can be enjoyed by Muslim travellers, family and luxury travellers, which aligns with our strategy for the Southeast Asian market.

Over the years, the Maldives has seen steady growth in terms of tourist arrivals from the Southeast Asian region, making it a promising market with great flight connectivity to the Maldives. In 2019 Maldives welcomed over 87,636 tourists from the Southeast Asian market.

Despite travel restrictions, Visit Maldives is promoting the destination in the Southeast Asian market to ensure that the Maldives remain as a top-of-the-mind destination among travelers and to ensure that the Maldives is the most preferred destination for Southeast Asian travelers once borders reopen for leisure travel and travel restrictions are lifted.

Visit Maldives has conducted several campaigns targeting the Southeast Asian market to ensure Maldives remains the top of the mind destination. Visit Maldives have taken part in Travel Meet Asia - South East Asia, Travel Meet Asia - MICE & Corporate, Antavaya Virtual Travel Fair, IMM Asia Virtual and a Destination Maldives Webinar with the High Commission of Maldives in Singapore & NATAS. In addition, Visit Maldives have conducted promotional activities with Travel+Leisure, ‘Have Halal Will Travel’, and TripZilla to promote Maldives among SEA travelers with a focus on Muslim travelers. An upcoming activity for the market includes the Maldives E-Learning Program for South East Asia with the aim of educating SEA travel agents and operators.


Discover Italy and Switzerland with the scenic train journey

Discover Italy and Switzerland with the scenic train journey

This panoramic train connects the north of Europe to its south – right through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rhaetian Railway, passing by glaciers on its way down to palm trees.

Itinerary > Tirano - St. Moritz

Hailed as one of the most spectacular train routes in the world, the Bernina Express between the Italian city Tirano and the Swiss Alpine resort St. Moritz is not one to be missed. As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage route, the Bernina Express is the highest train in Europe with its winding track reaching peak altitudes at Ospizio Bernina station (2,253m). Relax behind panoramic windows as you sweep between the contrasting scenery of Italian palms and Swiss glaciers, taking in the many cultural landmarks and engineering highlights along the way. Travel from Tirano to St. Moritz in 2 hrs 11 mins.

Service On Board:


  • Panorama railcars 1st and 2nd class
  • Info train system: a personal, digital travel companion with audio guide and interactive route map. The app can be used free of charge with one’s private mobile device (i.e. smartphone, tablet). It is available in 6 languages: GE, EN, FR, IT, JP, CN.
  •  Audio information in English, German and Italian between Tirano and St. Moritz. Between St. Moritz and Chur in English and Germany only.
  • Bernina Express travel guide at your seat
  • Onboard library in 1st class
  • Bernina Express souvenir certificate, obtainable from the railway stations of Chur, St. Moritz or Tirano on presentation of ticket
  • Bernina Express Souvenir Shop
  •  Handicapped-accessible toilets and wheelchair seating
  •  Free WiFi available

Eating and drinking
On Bernina Express, the minibar serves regional snacks, refreshing drinks and hot coffee directly at the seat:

  • For special occasions and on advanced order, Bernina Express “Catering Packages” offered. The detailed content of these packages is available at
  •  The train has no dining car. During lunchtime in Poschiavo, Le Prese or in Tirano (Italy) many restaurants are on offer.