Road Map To Digital Travel

By Francisco Benjamin Garcia 

To remain competitive in this world of fast technological advances, airline and travel companies have to embrace digitalization.

The number one priority of the travel industry is to create a road map to implement digital innovations to move forward. Many airlines just have to be on the same page to cope with the demands of the business. 

At the Travel Business Exchange Pilipinas to be held at Clark from November 16 to 17, tourism stakeholders will conduct business-to-business (B2B) meetings and seminars on how best to use the digital platform to be competitive. 

The…

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Japan An Ever Reliable Ally

By Francisco Benjamin Garcia

President Duterte’s three-day visit to Japan last week is a success.

The President came home jubilant after getting firm word that re-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will help his “Build Build Build” mega infrastructure program become a reality. It would essentially be “Done, Done, Done”.

Earlier, through, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida acknowledged Duterte's remarks have triggered concern as he told reporters he planned to ask what the Philippine President’s real intentions were. 

This was as regards Duterte’s announcement while in Beijing that the Philippines was “separating” from the United States on both the economic and…

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Basic Facts About ASEAN

• THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

• ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, by five countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

• Brunei joined the group in January 1984, followed by Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999.

• The region has a combined population of about 537 million, and an area of around 4.5 million sq. kms.

• The ASEAN Vision 2020, adopted by the ASEAN leaders during the group’s 30th anniversary,…

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It’s going to be a very long weekend for students and workers. 

But only for those living, studying and working in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga as certain activities and meetings will be held here for the ASEAN Summit which the Philippines hosts.

Malacañang has declared Monday to Wednesday, November 13, 14, and 15, as special non-working holidays in these areas, making the previous days a long weekend.

Before this, classes both in public and private schools in Metro Manila were suspended in all levels on Thursday and Friday, November 16 and 17, the main events of the 31st ASEAN Summit in the National Capital Region. This was before President Duterte’s Proclamation 332, issued October 23.

Various Summit activities will be held in Metro Manila and at Clark Field in Pampanga.

Bulacan was included in the proclamation, as the province will also be affected by ongoing ASEAN activities. This was on recommendation by the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council. (Mico Agustin)

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Uber Surcharge Scheme Earns LTFRB’s Ire

WHILE Uber riders get contented with the convenience they get, this transport network company is, once again, in the crosshairs of the government transport regulator over its failure to disclose its surcharge scheme.

Uber is slapping both drivers and passengers with additional amounts that vary from moment to moment and place to place. It is dependent on traffic situations in places where the vehicles will traverse against the high demand for passengers.

An obviously irked Chairman Martin Delgra III of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said that Uber and other TNCs, like Grab, have obligation to inform…

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