Think Tank wants PH to forge regional trade pact

By Tracy Cabrera

ECONOMIC think tank Asia Society Policy Institute has urged the Philippines and other Asian countries to pursue a Pacific trade pact even after the United States has walked away from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership on the behest of newly elected President Donald Trump.

Trump has attacked trade deals in general and touted an “American First” doctrine that would punish countries whose policies are deemed by the administration to be undermining U.S. jobs. 

“But the rest of the world shouldn’t embrace Trump’s protectionism”, the ASPI report argued.

 

Protectionism and isolationism

“Just because the United States…

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DOT eyes more tourists from Israel

THE Department of Tourism is pursuing Israel as a new source of travelers in the country this year and onwards.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said last year’s very good performance inspired the DOT to sustain its presence at the 23rd International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) last February at the TLV Convention Center in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.

The IMTM is the largest annual professional tourism fair of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean attended by around 25,000 tourism and travel executives. It serves to promote inbound, domestic and outbound tourism, as well as to strengthen cooperation among tourism bodies in…

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Taiwan eases visa application process

IN ITS desire to lure more Filipino visitors, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) has introduced various options in applying for visas to ease the requirements and procedures for those wanting to visit Taiwan for less than 30 days.

Among the options introduced by TECO was to apply for visa-free certificate or e-visa, aside from the usual visa sticker stamped in the passports. 

The objective is to further boost tourism exchanges and travel convenience between Taiwan and Philippines.

Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Representative of ROC (Taiwan) to the Philippines, is hoping that Filipinos will maximize these relaxed visa…

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Israel eyes hiring Filipino hotel workers
Israel Tourism Minister Yariv Levin

ISRAEL is planning to hire local hotel workers as they look forward to experience for themselves the famed Filipino hospitality.

This after officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) participated in the 23rd International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) held recently at the TLV Convention Center in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.

The IMTM is the largest annual professional tourism fair of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean, attended by around 25,000 tourism and travel executives.

During the event, Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. met with Israel Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and discussed the possibility of hiring Filipinos in…

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Miss U adds sparkle in PH-France relations

French ambassador Thierry Mathou

A wonderful coincidence.

This is how French ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou described the win of Miss France Iris Mittenaere as the 65th Miss Universe at the culmination of the beauty pageant recently held in the country.

“It is a wonderful coincidence that, on our 70th year of friendship with the Philippines, Miss France won the title right here in your country,” said Mathou who is also nonresident ambassador to Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands.

The recently crowned Miss Universe has also fondly called Manila her second home.

The French ambassador…

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