MANILA, JUNE 27, 2009
(STAR) The Philippines may once again be officially recognized as the world’s most preferred travel destination.

“The International Travel Expo in Hong Kong chose the county as a finalist for the ‘New Travel Route’ competition, where finalist countries will be put to popular vote as the most preferred destination for avid travelers,” Tourism Secretary Ace Durano reported.

Joining the Philippines in the list of finalists are Switzerland, Greece, Peru, India, South Korea, Turkey and Japan.

Durano noted that the Department of Tourism also promoted the country as a wedding destination at the international expo, held earlier this month at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. “Romantic Philippines” is set to captivate Asian couples, featuring unique getaways and exhilarating thrills in the country’s more than 36,000 kilometers of unspoilt coastlines, scenic landscapes and a myriad of natural wonders.

“The country’s stunning landscapes make it a sought-after wedding destination. Couples would choose only the best for life’s most memorable events, and we are certain they would never run out of exciting discoveries in our many islands,” Durano said.

The Philippine booth attracted visitors with unique performances by local artists performing kundimans and by the stunning fashion of designer Renee Salud.

Durano said the DOT is looking forward to more tourist arrivals from Hong Kong this year, topping the 116,653 visitors registered in 2008. – Mayen Jaymalin

Cathay Pacific introduces latest online service Updated June 26, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Cathay Pacific Airways recently announced its latest online service to give passengers more control over their own travel itineraries. The launch of the “Manage my Booking” function on the Cathay Pacific website enables passengers to retrieve the most updated flight status and edit their personal information previously only available to members of The Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles.

Passengers can access the service by clicking onto the “Manage my Booking” tab at www.cathaypacific.ph and then inputting their name and booking reference or e-ticket number. The updated flight status for confirmed or waitlisted flight bookings on Cathay Pacific – and sectors on other carriers booked through Cathay Pacific – can be viewed through this channel. Members of The Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles can view up to 10 flight bookings online.

The new service function also offers a host of other features for the benefit of passengers, such as it allows passengers to enter or edit their contact details to ensure they are promptly informed of any booking or flight changes; travel help shows the most updated travel alerts and advisories relevant to the passenger’s itineraries, as well as important links to information regarding baggage requirements and visas; service requests shows the details and status on special meals, assistance and other services requested; on board and at the airport provide advance information on inflight entertainment, shopping, airports and lounges.

Cathay Pacific has introduced a series of online services over the past few years, including online booking, downloadable timetables and online check-in.

For details, visit www.cathaypacific.ph

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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