Explore Islands Philippines Business and Tourism Expo

May 9-12, 2018 | Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal

This expo will feature the best of the Philippines – from the beauty of its 7,641 islands to its dynamic, growing economy, the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage as a cornerstone of its development.

The event will provide an ideal platform for direct networking and business in the fields of banking, infrastructure, energy, manufacturing among others

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Philippine Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo invites you to the 11th Ambassadors Tour this July 11-16, 2017

Join the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour! This one-of- a-kind tour caters to Filipino-Americans and travelers from the United States to experience and Philippihave fun in the Philippines in a whole new way. The participants, led by the Philippine Ambassador, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors will have the opportunity to reconnect with their Philippine roots, experience local culture, try exciting activities, and delectable cuisine in this year’s featured destinations – Manila and Davao.

RATES

LAND PACKAGE ONLY Starts from $790 /pax

Inclusions (Basic Tour):
Airport transfers in Manila and Davao | 2 nights stay in Manila | 3 nights stay in Davao | Meals and tours stated in the itinerary | Transportation throughout the tour | DOT- accredited tour guide

ALL-IN (RT international + domestic airfare + land package):

Starts at $1738 /pax from LAX/SFO
Starts at $1813 /pax from HNL
Starts from $1833 /pax from JFK

Slots are limited and subject to space and availability.

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Ways to Maximize your Travel Rewards Points and Miles

International travel is becoming more accessible as airlines and travel companies cater to different interests, personalities, and budgets. Relying on seasonal airline promotions or special travel packages don’t always enable us to get the best vacation experience or travel as often as we would prefer.

Here are a few ways you can take advantage of travel rewards point and miles to travel in style or simply book your next trip for (practically) free.

Invest in a Rewards Credit Card

Credit card companies offer competitive and wide-ranging travel reward credit cards.  Popular travel reward credit companies include American Express, Capital One, Chase, and Citi. Depending on the card, points acquired from valid affiliate purchases can be transferred to airlines or hotel chains. You can also earn points when you gas up your car, get your weekly groceries, or indulge in your favorite restaurants. Airline credit cards often offer perks like priority boarding and booking, free checked baggage, and no foreign transaction fees. There are several websites such as nerdwallet.com, thepointsguy.com, or creditkarma.com that provide reviews and tips on credit cards that fit your needs and lifestyle.

Compare offers meticulously.

Buying and booking in advance is always better than doing it so close to your departure. In fact, frequent flyers know that last minute airfare offered miles spike up. The first offer you see is not usually the best you could find. It pays to exert more effort on comparing prices and points because it could give you an idea on which one best suits your requirements.

Travel to lesser-known destinations and off-peak season

Using travel rewards points or airline miles in the high-traffic destinations can be a bit difficult especially if you have specified travel dates. Whether you’re using travel awards miles or travel points to purchase your flight, it is likely hard to book seats to Hawaii, Bangkok, Cancun, or the Carribean. Instead, explore the lesser known vacation spots. Be on the lookout for airlines that just opened or increase new flights. You will likely get your desired vacation on your preferred dates. You might even get a great deal on upgrades. For instance, many Asian airlines have opened increased flights between the US and Asia. You may opt to avail or ongoing promos or increased airline seats to fly to Manila, Coron, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), or Cebu for that much-deserved tropical island getaway.

Use your miles for other purposes

For long-haul trips to Asian destinations like the Philippines,  use your reward points or miles to upgrade your cabin from economy to business class for a more comfortable flight. You can also spend them on booking a hotel room, renting a car, or including a stopover to your flight.

And lastly, don’t be afraid to ask!  Airlines and travel companies don’t always post all their offers and travel perks online.  Take time to research in travel forums, call/email customer service, or have a chat with the airport staff and hotel desk agents.

Ready to book your next trip? Check out these amazing Philippine destinations and find out how to get there. You can also check out our Travel Partners’ offers for great deals on Philippine hotel and activities packages!

New Yorkers to get continuing taste of PHL

CHILLY New Yorkers will get a taste of the acclaimed warmth of the Philippines with the country’s new permanent display window along 5th Avenue, reputed to be the most expensive shopping area in the world.

On March 4 Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Domingo Ramon Enerio III led the simple ceremony of switching on the window display.

The Philippines Launches ‘Department of Tourism’ Window Display in New York City at Philippine Center

NEW YORK, New York – The Department of Tourism has opened a unique new window display at the Philippine Center in New York City.

The official opening happened on March 4th, and will be a permanent window display located at Midtown Manhattan’s busiest shopping street, 5th Avenue.

World-class Filipino workforce lauded in New York biz forum

NEW YORK CITY – The recent Philippine Business and Investment Forum (PBIF) here highlighted the premium qualities of Filipino workers, apart from providing a platform for a wide-ranging discussion of the Philippines’ economic transformation and issues on the sustainability of the current growth.

The forum showed up the Philippines’ vital demographic advantage with its predominantly young, working-age population that can be leveraged with proper investments in education and infrastructure, according to a report by the Philippine Embassy.

PAL plans to add new US routes

Los Angeles, California — Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to add new routes in the United States to service not only the Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) but also other travelers planning to visit the Philippines.

In a press conference here this weekend, PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said the incremental routes are currently in the drawing board and “it is a just a matter of time” that they are realized.

“We have been receiving a lot of requests (to fly in other parts of the US). It is part of our plan and we are studying it,” Bautista said.