DoT wooing foreign airlines to fly to Philippines

THE GOVERNMENT is courting British Airways, Finnair and other international airlines to fly into the Philippines, in a bid to attract more foreign visitors.

Aside from the two European airlines, the Department of Tourism (DoT) has also invited Japanese low-cost carriers Vanilla Air Japan and Air Asia Japan; Switzerland’s Edelweiss Air; Russia’s S7 Airline; Chinese carriers Spring Airlines and Hainan Airlines; Air India; and Air Canada to participate in a familiarization tour called “Hosted Airline Program.”

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.

DOT-6 eyes more North American tourists for Western Visayas

Iloilo City — As home to global beach destination Boracay Island, Western Visayas is eyeing more tourists from North America flocking into the region.

Atty. Helen Catalbas, regional director of Department of Tourism (DOT-6), said there is a big possibility that tourism arrivals from North America would be boosted with the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) offering flights from Cebu to Los Angeles, California, United States and vice versa since March 15, 2016.