PHILIPPINE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM BEIJING OFFICE SHINES AS “2012 MOST INNOVATIVE FOREIGN TOURISM DEPARTMENT”
The Beijing News awarded the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) for being one of the “2012 Most Innovative Foreign Tourism Departments”, other awardees were the Tourism Departments of New Zealand, Macao, France and Italy.
The Lifestyle Publication awarded the Philippines for being one of the “2012 Best Leisure Destinations”. Other awardees in the same category were Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Maldives.
Palace: Good governance means good economics
By Riza T. Olchondra, TJ Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:12 am | Friday, February 1st, 2013 41 469 364
ECONOMIC TEAM President Aquino (right) predicts an impressive Philippine economic growth of more than 6 percent in a speech during the 40th anniversary of Neda on Tuesday. He is shown with (from left) former Neda Director General CayetanoPaderanga, Neda Deputy Director General Rolando Tungpalan and current Neda chief Arsenio Balisacan. Lyn Rillon
Living up to President Aquino’s advance information that the numbers would impress, the Philippine economy expanded 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, lifting full-year growth to 6.6 percent.
A January 21, 2013 press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippines received the “Most Romantic Destination” award given by the Shanghai Morning Post, based on a consumer survey.
The awarding ceremony was held on January 15 at the posh Shanghai Peninsula Hotel by the Bund.
Consul General Charles C. Jose received the award, which was presented by Mme. Liu Sha, Editor-in-Chief. He was accompanied to the event by Mr. NielShanghai another tourism award for PHL2 Ballesteros of the Philippine Tourism Office in Shanghai.
A January 12, 2013 press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippines won one of the “Best Tourist Destination” awards at the 2012 Oriental Morning Post’s annual World Travel – Special Trips Awards.
The award was based on a consumer survey done by the Oriental Morning Post, one of the top news dailies in Shanghai. Other winning countries in the category were Ireland, Korea, Singapore and Finland, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. and Chairman Shao Qiwei of the China National Tourism Administration meet at the sidelines of the China International Travel Mart 2012 held in Shanghai, China, on 15-18 November 2012. During the meeting between the tourism chiefs of the two countries, Sec. Jimenez and Chairman Shao affirmed that tourism is an important cooperation mechanism between the Philippines and China and pledged to further boost tourism cooperation especially during the 2012-2013 Philippines-China Years of Friendly Exchanges (YFE).
19 October 2012 - Philippine and Chinese panels to the 18th Foreign Ministry Consultations (FMC) affirmed the commitment of their respective governments to promote the comprehensive development of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China. The 18th FMC was held in Manila on October 19 and covered trade, tourism, science and technology, judicial and law enforcement, culture, people-to-people exchanges and other issues of mutual concern. Both sides also discussed issues of concern and agreed to continue the dialogue.
The 18th FMC reviewed the status of bilateral relations in general, and in particular, the implementation in the past ten months of projects identified by the last FMC. It also explored mechanisms that will help realize the agreements reached between Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III and Chinese President Hu Jintao last year to target US$60 billion in bilateral trade and two million two-way tourism arrivals by 2016.
The Philippine panel was headed by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda F. Basilio while Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying headed the Chinese side.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying pays a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario before the start of the Foreign Ministry Consultations on 19 October 2012 at the DFA Main Building in Pasay City. The 18th FMC covered trade, tourism, science and technology, judicial and law enforcement, culture, people-to-people exchanges and other issues of mutual concern. Both sides also discussed issues of concern and agreed to continue the dialogue.
19 October 2012 - Philippine and Chinese authorities expect better enforcement of laws against criminals from both countries when a mutual assistance pact on criminal matters takes effect on 18 November this year. The enhanced arrangement on legal procedures follows the exchange of instruments of ratification of the Treaty between the Republic of the Philippines and the People's Republic of China concerning Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLAT), on October 19 on the sidelines of the 18th Foreign Ministry Consultations (FMC) between the Philippines and China.