All posts tagged: Travel Updates

Travel Bans and Restrictions Within and Outside US

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. This single announcement has changed our lives drastically. For our safety, we were advised to stay inside our homes, which makes perfect sense as the virus is highly contagious. Just a few minutes of contact with an infected person or a carrier could expose a person to the virus. A factor why COVID-19 keeps spreading is that most of the time, the virus is transmitted unknowingly. A person could be asymptomatic and yet highly contagious. This is why a travel ban and certain travel restrictions are being imposed, not only in the United States but also in almost every corner of the earth. On their website, the USA Department of State advises against travel to a long list of foreign countries. American citizens are either totally barred, restricted, or conditionally allowed to travel to a foreign country, depending on the situation in the country they wish to visit. There will be no travel for Americans into 54 countries including China, Brazil, …

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Hagia Sophia: Turning This Turkish Treasure Into a Mosque Is at Odds With Its UNESCO Status

The Hagia Sophia has just opened to receive Sunni Muslim worshippers for the first time since 1931. The decision to convert the building in Istanbul, Turkey from a museum back into a mosque has divided opinion. Many Turkish inhabitants commend the transformation while mostly secular Turkish inhabitants and much of the international community find it inconceivable.

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The Sun Is Setting on Unsustainable Long-Haul, Short-Stay Tourism — Regional Travel Bubbles Are the Future

James Higham, University of Otago Unprecedented border closures and the domestic lockdown have paralysed New Zealand’s $40.9 billion a year tourism industry. In the process, the vulnerability of the sector to external shocks and the tenuous nature of tourism employment have been exposed. While New Zealand’s handling of the pandemic has been hailed as a global masterclass, and the prospect of travel bubbles promoted as a way to restart the tourism economy and save jobs, it is clear there is no quick fix. The inherent dangers of reinfection from travel to and from countries with uncontrolled community transition, and the challenge of protecting New Zealand’s borders, mean international tourism is grounded for the time being. Nevertheless, planning for recovery is underway. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) wants to restore confidence and restart tourism without delay. The European Union recently opened its borders to travellers from certain countries, including New Zealand. But the proposed trans-Tasman and Pacific bubbles will likely be among the first safe international travel zones in the world. A Tasman-Pacific bubble …

Hinulugang Taktak Reopens With Attractions You’ll Love

Of course, we’ve heard of it when we were young. We’ve heard our elders sing that undoubtedly inviting Antipolo song. Hinulugang Taktak’s sad pastYet, most of us still haven’t seen it’s beauty despite that fact that it is but an hour away from the Metro. This is due to the sad fate it came to from poor waste management and lack of sewage treatment systems about 20 years ago. It was then closed for rehabilitation in 2010. Reopening after its rehabilitationin 2015, the new and improved tourist spot has cottages for rent at an affordable daily rate of 500 pesos. They also have a swimming pool that you can freely use for a small fee of 50 pesos. The authorities also built an elevator to cater to senior citizens and people with disabilities. This year, when everyone is crazy about traveling, it is but perfect timing that Hinulugang Taktak is once again open for tourism. Antipolo Mayor, Jun-Andeng Ynares posted on facebook just recently, announcing the reopening of the destination, just in time before summer. …

Filipinos Will Be Free to Enter Korea Without a Visa Starting 2020

From their fashion sense, to their music and television, to their food, the Korean culture has been undoubtedly imbibed in the daily Filipino routine. This is why visiting Korea is seemingly a must for the avid Korean fan. Starting 2020, traveling to the well-loved country is easier as Filipinos will then be granted visa-free entry to the culture-rich destination. PLAN FOR PROMOTING FOREIGN TOURSEarlier this month, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Ministry of Justice announced that the Korean government program titled “Plan for Promoting Foreign Tours” will allow Philippine passport holders to enter specific airports–Seoul, Incheon, and Busan–as long as the trip will only last for a maximum of five days and the final destination is Jeju Island. In addition to the Philippines, two other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam and Indonesia, are included in the program. VISA – FREE ENTRY TO KOREA, 3 WAYSEntry to the beautiful country via the said international airports and heading to Jeju Island is one of three ways as released in the official website of the Embassy …

New Kart Racing Track Opens in Porac, Pampanga

Branching from the same company that opened Urban CityKart Racing in Makati, the Pampanga International Circuit, City Kart Racing officially opened its gates to enthusiasts and travelers last November 30, 2019–that’s two years after its planning and design started. As an upgrade of the track in Makati, the Pampanga International Circuit is said to be longer and more exciting. It also features five very exciting layouts, with the longest one stretching to 1.4 kilometers. The Pampanga International Circuit blasted their opening last weekend with back-to-back events starting with the Rotax Philippines 2019 Invitational followed by the 12-Hour Sodi W Series Endurance Race–two of the biggest karting championships in the world. If you’re looking for an exhilarating activity after long hours of hard work, a drive away from the Metro and into this race track is definitely the way to go. The Pampanga International Circuit is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and Friday to Sunday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

DOT Partners With International Media to Promote Tourism in the Philippines

This year, the Department of Tourism aimed to have 8.2 million tourist arrivals by the end of December. And with an impressive count of 6.16 million from January to September, the DOT declared themselves confident that the Philippines will meet their set goal. To further boost this number, the DOT has also decided to partner up with a number of internationally known media like CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel, and some others. The promotion will be done continuously with the material being changed every other month, as Assistant Secretary for Branding and Marketing Communications Howard Lance Uyking explained in an interview. Right now, the DOT is targeting Western countries due to their noticeable appreciation of the Philippines, its weather and its beautiful, relaxing beaches. The DOT also plans to appeal to the young by airing some advertisements in a number of kid’s channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. “We are also exploring placement in kid’s channels as we are trying to promote the Philippines as a family destination,” Uyking said.

BGC-Ortigas Link: A Quick Look at Its Progress

In 2017, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that they will be working with the Unified Project Management Office – Roads Management Cluster 1 (UPMO-RMC 1) on a 1.6 billion-peso project to connect Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City. The two busy cities in Metro Manila will be connected by a bridge that spans across Pasig River–that’s almost a thousand meters long. With commute being a daily tedious task for workers and students in the Metro, completion of the the project in June 2020 as expected is a big question for everyone. This is especially that earlier this year, it was declared that only about 30 percent of the construction was so far done. And while it may not seem progressive as observed while one walks along nearby streets due to construction and safety barriers, the project is actually materializing. Just earlier this month, YouTuber dmitrivalencia has uploaded an aerial view of the hopefully soon-to-be passable bridge. When finished, commuters can take this four-lane road when traveling from Lawton Avenue in Makati to …

Japan Theme Park Plans to Open Godzilla Experience in 2020

20 meters (65 feet) high, 25 meters (82 feet) wide and 55 meters (180 feet) long—that is about how big the lizard measures in movies and in real life, and if you’re brave enough, you’ll be excited to face this monster soon.  In 2020, the Nijigen no Mori theme park on Awaji Island will offer its Godzilla-themed experience, making them the first to have placed a permanent full-sized replica of the radioactive lizard. Nijigen no Mori will call it the Godzilla Interception Operations, and it will surely take travelers on an adventure.  The activities are called missions, which feature a zipline that will allow you to be swallowed by the monster.  But if you prefer less risk and would like to test your aim, there will also be shooting games.  And of course what better way to reward yourself after defeating a monster, than going to a gift shop? The experience’s location is very much intended too.  It will be built in Awaji Island in Osaka.  “The legendary figure of Godzilla was first confirmed at …

Travel Journalist Fakes Pregnancy to Avoid Excess Fees at the Airport and Almost Gets Away with It

Surely, everyone wants to save when they go traveling.  And although it is apparent that traveling is not a very cheap hobby, frequent travelers often have a few tricks up their sleeves.  Unusual as some these tricks seem to be, we can definitely say that these people definitely have their own travel goals. How did she do it? Travel journalist and frequent flier Rebecca Andrews has recently shown proof of this by pretending to be pregnant to get away with excess baggage fees.  On a domestic flight in Australia carried by Jetstar, Andrews created a baby bump out of her clothes and a few electronics that she wasn’t able to fit in her luggage.  She also wore a stretchable jumpsuit that allowed her to keep her laptop down her back. All these, she proudly demonstrated on a video she posted on her Instagram before her flight. “I have a small frame and decided pretending to be preggo was the most believable route to a successful hack,” Andrews argued.  “But in all seriousness, I think it …

The Philippines Garners Two Awards at the 2019 World Travel Awards

Held in Vietnam, the 26th World Travel Awards for Asia and Oceania have presented the Philippines with two awards this past October 12. Asia’s Leading Tourism Board “We are greatly honored and thankful for this recent recognition for the Philippines at the World Travel Awards,” Department of Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said after the DOT was recognized as Asia’s Leading Tourism Board. “A triumph as great as this simply could not be possible without the combined hard work from the government, industry partners, and tourism stakeholders in realizing a more upward tourism industry for the country.” The award was attributed to the noticeable increase in the number of visitor arrivals in the Philippines during the past year.  The country was said to have a total of 5,554,950 visitors between January and August of this year.  The DOT stated that this was a 14.08 percent year-on-year increase in the international inbound traffic into the country, leading them to the top of the list of twelve countries nominated for the award. Asia’s Leading Dive Destination For the …