• COVID-19: DOT8 Springs Stranded Tourists, Total Assisted Travelers Now at 11,000

    TACLOBAN CITY—Cebu Pacific sweeper flight airlifted at least (57) international tourists stranded due to flight cancellations in connection with the national state of health emergency measures.

    The sweeper flight was made possible by the DOT8 Action Team’s exhaustive efforts to contact stranded tourists within 16 hours from the scheduled flight, transporting them safely from various points in the region in coordination with the CAAP, and provision of DOT8 MalasaKITS and boarding passes.

    Stranded tourists receives MalasaKIT bag from a DOT8 A-Team member prior to boarding Cebu Pacific sweeper flight for distraught international tourists.

    Following health and security protocols

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  • AirAsia PH Travel Advisory: AirAsia extends flexibility options for existing flight bookings with departures until 30 April 2020 amidst COVID-19 outbreak

    Manila, Philippines — AirAsia is offering extended flexibility options for ALL existing flight bookings made on or before 22 March 2020 with a departure date between 23 March and 30 April 2020 (excluding Thailand and India domestic flight bookings operated by Thai AirAsia, airline code FD and AirAsia India, airline code I5).

    AirAsia Travel Advisory

    Eligible guests can now select from the following range of flexible travel options immediately, using the airline’s AI chatbot AVA on support.airasia.com or airasia.com:

    Unlimited flight change: Change to any new travel date before 31 October 2020 on the same route any time up

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  • A World War II Bomb Has Shut Down a Central London Airport

    London’s only central airport, London City, was closed Monday with all flights in and out cancelled, thanks to the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb nearby.

    Construction workers found the bomb in King George V Dock, which is a stone’s throw away from the end of the London City Airport runway, on the River Thames. After they reported it to the Metropolitan Police in the early hours of Sunday morning, the airport was shut. It remained closed on Monday.

    The police set up a 214-meter (702-foot) exclusion zone so they could deal with the bomb without endangering the … Read More

  • Department of Tourism gives 4-star rating to The Oriental Leyte

    Tacloban City, Philippines — The Department of Tourism – Region 8 has given the 4-star rating to The Oriental Hotel Leyte, the first in Eastern Visayas, at a recent assembly of private and public stakeholders in the region. The property was given the rating based on the 741 accumulated points as a result of the assessment for premium accreditation by the third-party auditor and the DOT’s Central Office and Region 8 Office.

    The Oriental Leyte foyer
    DOT-8 tourism officer Rina Apostol, The Oriental Leyte general manager Anito Lanticse, DOT-8 regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes, and DOT-8 tourism officer Rodel Balierbare.
    DOT-8 tourism officer Rina Apostol, The Oriental Leyte general manager Anito Lanticse, DOT-8 regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes, and DOT-8 tourism officer Rodel
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  • How the Ultra Wealthy Say ‘I Love You’

    The Taj Mahal was built as a love letter. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631 to honor his teenage bride, who had died in childbirth, its construction involved the work of 22,000 laborers and a thousand elephants. The Indian monument still stands as perhaps the world’s greatest display of affection.

    To which we say, game on.

    While today’s ultra-wealthy may not be commissioning timeless monuments to show how much they love their spouses, they are producing extravagant epics in the form of over-the-top, hyper-personalized vacations. In conversations with a half-dozen travel agents and celebrity-event producers who specialize

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