Ian Herald, sales manager, Philippine Airlines in the new Premium Economy Class Ian Herald, sales manager, Philippine Airlines in the new Premium Economy Class

Philippines’ new services

The tropical destination of the Philippines is well worth the adventure and is a destination that many Kiwis still do not have on their radar.


Philippine Airlines has been working to change that since its entry into the New Zealand market in December 2015 – and this week took another positive step by introducing its flagship three class 309 seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the route. It flies Manila – Auckland direct three times a week and has indicated that a possible fourth weekly seasonal service is currently being looked at. Once in Manila, clients will find that the Philippines has a vast aviation network with competitive fares, offering a great way to get to many of its superb destinations. Philippine Airlines has several hubs offering good connections to many of the tropical islands with its modern fleet of aircraft.


International tourism is a growing feature, the food is great (and extremely good value for money), hotels and resorts are clean and their prices are competitive. The Spanish and US flavours in the country’s growth are visible, as is a touch of Japanese influence from their time on the islands. With Boracay being closed by the president for an infrastructure clean up, clients still have plenty to choose from – such as venturing to Cebu and/or Bohol Island.


In Cebu, options include exploring the city with its Spanish features, swimming with filterfeeding whale sharks in Oslob, and heading around the island to the Aquinid Falls that ow over the limestone rocks and oer a refreshing swim. It is easy to take a two-hour fast ferry to Bohol Island from Cebu to stay in Tagbilaran, a small rural city that has great resorts nearby. The attractions here are the famous Chocolate Hills and the small Bohol Tarsier monkey. Back in Manila, Newport City Resorts World Manila is an option close to the airport. A modern complex of hotels with various price points, it includes a casino and the luxury four star Belmont Hotel. Many malls are close by, catering for everything clients need.

- By Peter Clark 

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