Bohol, a key tourist spot in Central Visayas, grabbed headlines recently as ground zero of a clash between bandit group Abu Sayyaf and government troops. The incident has forced several countries to issue travel alerts for their citizens.
Millions of travelers have been nixing their dreams of visiting places like the pyramids in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Tunisian coast, and Istanbul's Hagia Sophia due to heightened terrorism concerns.
While Asia is the fastest growing travel market in the world, the Philippines hopes to be on the top 50 countries in the next 12 years in terms of tourism competitiveness. That's as far as outgoing Tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez is concerned. And one way to achieve that is to improve the skills of Filipinos.
President Aquino signs the ASEAN multilateral agreement in air services, allowing more direct flights among member states in the region. CNN Philippines tells us what this means for travellers and the tourism industry.