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Abu Dhabi: All visitors to the UAE will be required to have health insurance once the new visit visa rules are enforced from August 1, said a senior official.
Also, a Dh1,000 deposit will be collected by the Naturalisation and Residency Department before issuance of any type of visit visa. This will be refunded once a visitor exits the country.
However, the Ministry of Interior is studying the possibility of exempting certain nationalities from paying the deposit.
No decisions has yet been taken made on this.
“A visit visa will cost Dh500 across all the emirates from August 1,” Lieutenant General Mohammad Salem Al Khaili, the Director-General of Federal Naturalisation and Residency Department (FNRD) told press conference on Sunday.
The change in fee structure comes following a recent Cabinet decision to amend the fee structure for visit visas and introduce new types of visas.
Valid for 30 days, residents can apply for visit visas for their spouse or first degree relatives. Sponsoring visitors who are second degree relatives will need the approval of senior officials.
As per the new rule, only UAE nationals will be allowed to sponsor visitors who are friends.
Some 16 types of visit visas have been defined by the FNRD specifying the reason for visit, such as education, treatment or for participating in an exhibition or conference.
Announcing the details, Al Khaili said: “Visit visas valid for 30 days will cost Dh500. This cannot be renewed. A person wishing to stay for an extended period must obtain a visit visa valid for 90 days which will cost Dh1,000.”
A new type of visit visa permitting multiple entries has been introduced. This visa is valid for six months from the date of issuance and a person can stay in the country for only 14 days at a stretch.
“The new types of visit visas are being introduced so that we are able to go hand in hand with the fast paced ongoing development of the country,” noted Al Khaili.
Student visit visas, valid for 60 days, will cost Dh1,000. To obtain this, a person must be registered in one of the universities in the UAE.
Those wishing to undergo treatment must take visit visa for treatment purpose which will cost Dh1,000 for 90 days. This can be renewed for a similar period for Dh500.
Those visiting to attend conferences or exhibitions can obtain a visa for Dh100.
One-month-long tourist visas, procured by tour operators and hotels will cost Dh100, as before. This may be renewed only once. Transit visas will cost Dh100 while mission visas will cost Dh200.
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MANILA – The Philippines remains the least favorite tourist destination compared to its peers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 2012, data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show.
The UNWTO data show that despite the “More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, the country’s total tourist arrivals only reached 4.27 million in 2012, the lowest when compared to other Asean members.
The UNWTO said that in Asean, foreign tourist arrivals were the highest in Malaysia with 25.03 million in 2012, followed by Thailand, with 22.35 million; Indonesia, 8.04 million; and Vietnam, 6.85 million.
“Southeast Asia posted the highest growth among Asian subregions, with 9 percent more arrivals, largely due to continued strong intraregional demand. In absolute terms, growth was led by Thailand with a 16-percent increase in tourists over 2011. Cambodia [+24 percent] and Vietnam [+14 percent] also posted strong double-digit growth last year. Myanmar saw the highest relative growth with a surge of 52 percent,” the UNWTO said.
But UNWTO said in terms of big tourism spenders, the Philippines was among the markets that posted substantial growth in recent years.
The Philippines joined the list with tourists from Norway, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Poland, Thailand, Qatar, Ukraine, Egypt and Colombia.
The top five tourist spenders include those from China who spent $102 billion in 2012, followed by Germany, with $83.8 billion; United States, $83.5 billion; United Kingdom, $52.3 billion; and the Russian Federation, $42.8 billion.
“Although the highest growth rates in expenditure on travel abroad came from emerging economies, key traditional source markets, usually growing at a slower pace, also posted encouraging results,” UNWTO said.
“Source markets beyond the top 10 showing substantial growth were Norway, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Poland, the Philippines, Thailand, Qatar, Ukraine, Egypt and Colombia,” it added.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) missed its 4.6 million-tourism target in 2012. But tourist arrivals picked up in the first five months of 2013.
Data from the DOT showed that visitor arrivals from January to May 2013 reached 2.01 million, a 10.54-percent increase from 1.82 million arrivals in the first five months of 2012.
The DOT recorded the most number of tourists at 436,079 in January, while the month of February recorded the highest growth at 15.52 percent. The first five months corresponded to 37 percent of the target arrivals for the year.
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MANILA (March 6, 2013) - Pursuing an aggressive route expansion, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) today announced the launching of flights to six (6) new destinations in Australia, China and the Middle East.
PAL president Ramon S. Ang said PAL’s new destinations are Kuala Lumpur (May 1); Brisbane, Darwin and Perth in Australia and Guangzhou, China (June 1); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (October 1).
Ang said PAL is launching the new routes in response to the clamor for more flights to these destinations. “Australia, Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou are major destinations for business and leisure. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, has a large concentration of OFWs, making it a prime destination in the Middle East,” he explained.
Tickets for Kuala Lumpur and the new Australian routes are now on sale, while tickets for Guangzhou and Abu Dhabi will be sold starting March 15. PAL is offering special promo rates for early birds.
The new service to Kuala Lumpur (PR 517) departs Manila every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:55AM. Manila-Guangzhou (PR 382) flies every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 10:30PM and arrives 12:45AM.
Manila-Darwin (PR 221), departsManilaevery Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:05PM and arrivesDarwinat 4:00AM (next day); Manila-Brisbane (viaDarwin) follows the same departure schedule but arrives inBrisbaneat 9:20AM (next day). Manila-Perth (PR 219 via Darwin) leaves Manila every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 10:25PM and arrives in Perth at 7:50AM (next day).
PAL’s Abu Dhabi flight (PR 656) departs Manila daily at 4:25PM and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 9:45PM.
The addition of six new routes brings to 34 PAL’s total number of international destinations (including Manila). Aside from route expansion, fleet modernization and inflight service enhancements are the three pillars of growth earlier identified by Ang.
Adopting a new campaign tagline ‘Your home in the sky,” PAL hopes to bring its uniquely Filipino style of warm “at home” service to its passengers to and from thePhilippines.
PAL passengers will also enjoy the flag carrier’s delectable menu created by select master chefs, inflight amenities and topnotch entertainment systems.
Source: Philippine Airline
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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to receive a $7.1-million technical assistance grant from Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), to help boost the competitiveness of the tourism industry.
The funds will administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the ADB-CIDA Technical Assistance on Improving Competitiveness in Tourism was signed last week in a ceremony held at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.
Among the projects proposed under the grant are skills training programs for the private sector, local government units, civil society, and DOT agencies. Also included is the pilot implementation of the new system of accreditation and the development of standards for service quality. The technical assistance will be piloted in Cebu, Bohol, Palawan, and Davao.
The ADB-CIDA program is envisioned to create more employment opportunities and advancement for the local workforce, as well as provide local government units with better capacity to improve their regulations in attracting more investments and tourism activities.
The technical assistance comes on the heels of the World Economic Forum recognizing the Philippines as the “most improved country” in its 2013 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. The Philippines is up 12 spots from 94th in 2011 to 82nd in 2012 out of 139 countries. The index measures the factors and policies that contribute to the attractiveness to develop the travel and tourism sector in different countries. read more here….
Dubai: With folk dances and traditional performances, the tourism arm of the Philippines government began to promote the country at Global Village on Friday.
The aim was to market the tourism slogan — It’s more fun in the Philippines.
The international slogan was rolled out in international markets by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) in 2012, the year that the country attracted more than 4,272,811 million tourists.
Speaking to Gulf News, Vice Consul Geronimo Suliguin said, “We are hoping to exceed the number of tourists in 2013.”
Global Village, a premier outdoor cultural, shopping and entertainment venue in the UAE, is visited by more than five million people annually.
The Philippines’ Department of Tourism – Middle East Office, in cooperation with the Filipino community in Dubai and the northern emirates, hopes that the cultural event at Global Village will entice international tourists to visit the Philippines.
Targeted at non-Filipino expatriates, the series of performances at the World Cultural Stage highlight the tourism slogan and campaign and promote the Philippines as a top tourist destination, Suliguin said.
The performances, which involve 65 Filipino organisations and 15 performing groups, will end on March 1.
“These provide a window into the cultural history of the Philippines. We want to drum up awareness about our cultural history,” he said.
Some places like Manila, Bohol, Cebu and Davao are already popular tourist spots, he added.
The performances included Philippine folk dances, Pandanggo Sa Ilaw (dance with lights) and Cariñosa (courtship dance).