Nope. It's not the Riddler's Hostel

Nope. It’s not the Riddler’s Hostel

2013 is exciting for Crossroads and part of this excitement is bearing a new name.
Actually, it’s just a modification. We’ve been flaunting it but we haven’t made any thing official about this announcement. The board is meeting now to vote on this new name so watch out for our future bulletins.
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Popular resort, Dakak, is Zamboanga's pride

Popular resort, Dakak, is Zamboanga’s pride

There’s no stopping our Chinese visitors in coming to The Philippines. Recently, a delegation of Chinese journalists and media personalities went to Dapitan City (Zamboanga del Norte) to see what our country has to offer their people.
They were greatly pleased with what they saw but their experience was unforgettable. According to the government bulletin we gathered this news, the Chinese visitors, “experience the various tours ranging from river cruising to firefly watching and tour at the now famous Aliguay Island as well as aqua sports activities, horseback riding, rappelling, rides and shows at Gloria’s Fantasyland, historical tour highlighting Rizal’s legacies during his exile in Dapitan and many others.”
It was an unforgettable experience that they made known to their hosts, the Philippine Tourism Office based in Shanghai, China. The Chinese mission expressed their full support and they will promote this tourism spot when they return to their homeland. This expression of support is a total departure from their last stand, which threatens The Philippines with “consequences” when they pull their tourists from the country. This definitely backfired as predicted.
Our local Tour Operators should be ready when to receive a volume number of guests when these folks start arriving from China.
Good job, Department of Tourism and to the government of Dapitan!
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Screen shot 2013-01-03 at 4.15.11 PMThe Four-time National Magazine Awards winner, Conde Nast Traveller, has given The Philippines a very good face in its recent

Screen Capture of the feature made about The Philippines

Screen Capture of the feature made about The Philippines

feature entitled, “Destinations to Watch in 2013”. It gave iconoclastic travelers another view of the country that has a lot of “deserted” beaches where travelers can get a peek of “around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world.”
Written by Laura Fowler, the magazine gave rave reviews about Palawan Island, which has palm-fringed white-powder beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and natural lagoons for “wild swimming”. The writer praised Bicol and its other deep-sea trenches where serious divers can enjoy “incredible water life, unspoilt coral gardens with rainbow-bright fishes, green sea turtles and dugongs”
The clincher for us at Crossroads Hostel was when it apologized to the country of Maldives because the magazine has found a new love in The Philippines.

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The Philippine Tourism Department's homework is paying off

The Philippine Tourism Department’s homework is paying off

Thanks to our Tourism Department’s robust campaign in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians are fast discovering that it is truly more fun in The Philippines. Guest arrivals from that neighboring country peaked in 2012 earning it the 10th spot in the most number of tourists from a nation of origin, up from the 11th spot. South Koreans still hold the top spot with Americans holding firmly on the second place but the Malaysians grew unexpectedly making us think that there’s more to see in The Philippines than what they probably already know.
Malaysia’s very popular tourism campaign “Malaysia, Truly Asia” has raised a lot of curiosity from Westerners following a very intense campaign that started in 1999 that brought in more than seven million tourists and helping it dodge the world economic crisis in 2008.
It will be noted, though, that Malaysian’s favorite gateway destination aside from Manila, Clark, and Cebu is the City of Davao, which is home to the country’s Monkey-eating Eagle. Davao, dubbed as the most “Livable City” is home to other tourism destinations like The Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Mt. Apo, and The Pearl Farm Resort to name a few.
Rounding up the Top 10 Sources of Tourist Arrivals in the Country for 2012 are:

  1. Korea (832,437)
  2. United States (534,899)
  3. Japan (341,676)
  4. China (215,814)
  5. Taiwan (188,862)
  6. Australia (147,237)
  7. Singapore (111,200)
  8. Hongkong (98,967)
  9. Canada (96,089)
  10. Malaysia (91,230) Up by almost 22%!

We wrote this post because of this news we saw today from RAPPLER
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Commercial Airliners will surely line up to bring in more visitors

Commercial Airliners will surely line up to bring in more visitors

Crossroads Hostel learned that the Philippine Senate recently passed its own version of the Bill, which the Lower House passed much earlier that will remove burdening taxes that continue to discourage airliners from bringing in more passengers to The Philippines. The President is expected to sign the Bill into Law very soon, which airline industry experts say will make The Philippines more attractive than ever in getting its tourism business further off the ground.
For travelers, the said airline taxes is estimated to bring the cost of airline tickets down by as much as eight percent and is estimated to bring in PhP455 Billion pesos worth of revenues from tourism and could most-likely generate six million jobs.
This would mean better infrastructures, better services, and better prospects in showing what the 7,107 islands have to the delight of travelers especially backpackers.
In this regard, Crossroads Hostel will continue to provide high value service to budget travelers looking for a place to stay in after they’ve landed in Manila. This is definitely a Win-Win situation both for our country and for our full-service business.
We wrote this post because of this news we saw today from INTERAKSYON: