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Ben’s bargains: How to enjoy Hong Kong without breaking the bank

For me, Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities in Asia. Coming from other nearby countries, it’s impossible not to enjoy the clean, efficient transport infrastructure, the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the wonderful food The only drawback to the place? It’s not cheap. As soon as you cross that border…


Mount Apo reopens to trekkers after devastating fire

Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, will reopen to trekkers after a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of forest and grassland last year. The decision follows extensive lobbying from local people who rely on guiding tourists as a major source of income. Kidapawan City Mayor, Joseph Evangelista, said…


Cebu Pacific follows PAL by suspending international flight services

Cebu Pacific is following the lead of Philippines Airlines (PAL) by suspending flight services to the Middle East. The budget airline announced today that services to Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha are “no longer sustainable”. In a disclosure to the the Philippine Stock Exchange, Vice President for Corporate Affairs J R…




“Stagnating” Boracay could go into terminal decline, warn experts

Environmentalists and urban planners have warned that Boracay has hit its “stagnation stage” due to over-development. The Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) and Alliance for Safe, Sustainable & Resilient Environments (ASSURE) issued a statement this week outlining how resorts like Boracay have an inevitable “life cycle”. Stagnation is the fifth…




More than a million Chinese tourists will visit Philippines this year

More than a million Chinese tourists are expected to flood into the Philippines this year. Philippine Ambassador to China, Chito Santa Romana, said embassies in the country were being inundated with visa applications and China could soon be the nation’s “number one source of tourism”. “We expect Chinese tourist arrivals…


PAL cancels the only flight service between Cebu and the USA

Mactan Cebu International Airport is set to lose its only trans-Pacific flight service this month. Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced this week that it is to “temporarily suspend” its Cebu to Los Angeles service from the end of this month. No indication of when, if ever, the thrice-weekly service would resume was…