Tag: Tourism

Still more fun in the Phl?

November 29, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) November 23, 2016   They are scrapping the three-year-old tourism promotion campaign that is just starting to catch the world’s attention. But it’s still more fun at the Tourism department since the new administration took over. They, however, seem to be somewhat confused on what to […]

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Tourism program seems adrift

October 28, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) September 30, 2016   Tourism industry professionals I have been talking to are giving me the picture of a tourism industry that has gone adrift. I suspected as much and I pin the blame on the appointment of a Tourism Secretary who took an assignment that […]

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Change: basta lang?

September 19, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) September 16, 2016   Change in our context is often good… but not all the time. Sometimes continuity is important too… more important than change for change sake… the tourism marketing campaign, for instance. There are reports the new secretary of Tourism has decided to junk […]

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Tourism is every Filipino’s business

May 31, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) May 30, 2016   My friend Jun Ventura was not pleased I publicly suggested Mr. Duterte appoint him Tourism secretary. I did it because I think he would do well for the country in this job, but he said he does not relish the thought of […]

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Japan

March 18, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) March 18, 2016   OSAKA, Japan- My last visit to Japan was over two decades ago when, as a columnist from Malaya, I was invited by the Japanese government to travel extensively throughout the country. Between then and now, my visits, if you can call them […]

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Tourist visa

March 7, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) March 4, 2016   A foreign tourist who calls himself Grandpa Peter reacted to a recent column about our government’s efforts to make our country a haven for retirees. How could that happen, he asked, when your country has an inhospitable visa policy? Grandpa Peter said […]

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Progress in Intramuros

December 7, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) December 7, 2015   The one good ray of hope that’s still there for this country is its youth. Last Wednesday, I attended a forum for Ateneo students at its Graduate School of Business. It was about our rail transport system, easily the one big destroyer […]

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APEC in Manila’s missed opportunities

November 27, 2015

Trade Tripper by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) November 26, 2015   Probably it’s just me. But try as I might, it’s really difficult to justify the hardship that our Metro Manila people went through by weighing it against the supposed benefits of hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila. Granted that hosting it […]

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Not much fun in tourism numbers

August 24, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) August 17, 2015   A couple of readers wrote to say I had been too kind to Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez. I was told I had allowed friendship to get in the way of a more accurate assessment of how he had performed. True, one reader […]

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Kaya naman pala!

May 25, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) May 25, 2015   ILOILO CITY – Iloilo was once described as “the armpit of Western Visayas” by Rex Drilon, the former CEO of property developer Ortigas and Company. Rex is himself a native of Iloilo who has long moved out to greener pastures. It is […]

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