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Jewelmer unviels new home in Cebu

The South Sea pearl continues to captivate imaginations with its one-of-a-kind beauty and enduring allure through the international luxury brand Jewelmer. The Philippines’ national gem found a new home at The Mall | Nustar, a premier shopping destination in Cebu, which marks a milestone in the Maison’s history as its 16th boutique in the country and its 30th year in the province. The new branch is a testament to the craftsmanship of the...


Microsoft-CrowdStrike Outage Causes Chaos for Flights, Hospitals and Businesses Globally

A faulty cybersecurity update from CrowdStrike wreaked havoc across the medical and travel industries, with flights and medical procedures canceled and delayed.


Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel: A premier wedding showcase

THE much-anticipated Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel is set to grace the hotel's Grand Ballroom on July 26 and 27, 2024. This prestigious event aims to bring together a curated selection of industry experts, offering soon-to-wed couples an unparalleled experience. Admission is free on both dates. The lineup of over 20 exhibitors is set to impress in its dedication to make each wedding truly memorable. Couples can consult with these...


Bus service to southern beauty spot scrapped

The Bus Vannin route to the Sound is not "financially viable", the infrastructure minister says.


Why preserving US national heritage is so important

The United States is blessed with some truly exceptional national heritage sites and cultural landmarks. Numbering numerous historic properties, these unique places connect Americans to their past. But little of this architecture would have survived the centuries were it not for the dedicated work of organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a leading member-driven movement whose aim is to support the preservation of America's diverse historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage through its programs, resources, and advocacy. Indeed, the idea is to protect the identity of a nation, where lives, stories, and memories began. Click through and visit some of America's most important cultural attractions.


How dangerous is free diving, and would you take the plunge?

Would you attempt to dive to a depth of 831 ft (253 m) and resurface without the aid of oxygen? Well that's exactly what one man accomplished to be crowned free diving world champion! Free diving is a mode of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. It's a fascinating but high-risk extreme sport that enjoys widespread popularity around the world. But why would anybody want to plunge to such depths in the first place? Well, actually, you'd be surprised! Click through and learn more about how this unique discipline evolved, and meet some of the individuals responsible for its ascent into the mainstream.


DOT to ensure safe cities after Forbes Advisor report

MANILA, Philippines — Alarmed by a report identifying Manila as among the “riskiest cities for tourists,” the Department of Tourism (DOT) has assured the public that it is working closely with the Philippine National Police and Department of the Interior and Local Government to ensure a “safe and welcoming environment for all travelers” in the city and elsewhere in the country. In a statement, the DOT highlighted the establishment in October...


2024 @VisitJiangsu "Grading Sheet": Overseas Tourists in Jiangsu Doubled, Social Media Influence Boosted

NANJING, China, July 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- What do you know about Jiangsu? A southeastern province in China, yes. A land of beautiful scenery & profound history, exactly. And a viral tourist destination among global travelers over the past year too! As Jiangsu continues to enhance the accessibility & quality of its tourism services, the number of foreign tourists visiting major attractions in Jiangsu has witnessed an increase of 108.60% over...


Disneyland workers threaten strike action over wages, treatment

Anaheim, United States — More than 200 Disneyland Resort employees protested outside the world-famous California theme parks Wednesday, calling for better wages and denouncing alleged anti-union practices by the company ahead of a looming strike vote. Featuring workers in costumes from the parks’ “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” themed rides, among others, the rally was organized by unions representing some 14,000 Disneyland employees, from...


Rivian Turned An Old Yosemite Gas Station Into Its First Charging Outpost

The building was first a blacksmith shop, then an auto repair shop and then an old-school service station.


American Airlines grounds all flights due to 'communications issue'

American Airlines issued a ground stop for all its flights early on Friday due to a communication issue, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's status page


Global tech outage hits airlines, banks, health care and public transit

In the U.S., hundreds of flights were canceled Friday morning and some public transit systems reported impacts.


Air Tattoo attendees soak up the sun on day one

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) gets off to a flying start.


I impulse-booked a $6,000 trip to see Taylor Swift in Europe. I paid just $727, thanks to credit card points.

My 48-hour impulse trip to see Taylor Swift in Europe would have cost over $6,000 if I paid cash. I only paid $727 total after using points and miles.


The welcome signs of every US state (and their meaning)

Welcome signs serve as indicators of having crossed state lines. They are also important tools in marketing a state to visitors. Some US states have really interesting signage; many feature nicknames and slogans, and also make reference to the region's unique landmarks and visitor attractions. So, how do you want to be greeted? In this gallery you'll find the welcome signs for all 50 US states, and the meaning behind them. Click on.


10 Must-Try Croissants in Atlanta

With the Olympics headed to Paris, Atlantans can enjoy one Parisian treat right in their own backyard


The mass IT outage is disrupting Disney and other theme parks during the height of summer tourist season

A mass IT outage disrupted operations at theme parks across the world. Universal Studios Japan suspended in-person ticket sales this weekend.


Tipping culture keeps creeping into ever more parts of daily life — and some people are resisting it

Some customers are fed up with expectations around tipping: "If I have to stand up to order my food or to buy my product, you're not getting a tip."


I’m a Travel Agent: This Is the Best Money I’ve Ever Spent on Vacation

Taking a vacation can be pricey. In fact, according to a recent GOBankingRates survey, 45% of participants said they plan to pay at least $1,000 for their summer adventure this year. It's easy to see...


Michelin Adds Three Austin Hotels to Its Texas Hotel Guide

Commodore Perry Estate, Soho House Austin, and Hotel Van Zandt were added


The Azores: Europe's hidden paradise

Scattered like emeralds in the mid-Atlantic, the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago—São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo—are rewarding destinations in and of themselves. Celebrated for their stunning natural beauty, these Portuguese islands offer a wealth of outdoor adventure and nature tourism options. The only problem is choosing which island to explore first. Browse the gallery for some visitor highlights and ideas of where to go and what to do.


Microsoft crash sends travellers 'back to Stone Age' as baffled passenger gets handwritten boarding pass

The Microsoft outage, caused by cyber security firm CrowdStrike, has disrupted travellers around the world - sparking widespread chaos in airports and forcing us back to the 'Stone Age'


The best public-access and private golf courses in Massachusetts, ranked

Looking to play the best golf courses in Massachusetts? Welcome to our annual Golfweek’s Best ranking of public-access and private courses. Following are the rankings for both types of courses, as judged by our natio


Meet Gnostic, the Philippines' First "Dry Bar" or "Sober Bar"

Sober doesn't have to mean boring. Not at this hip new Poblacion spot at least.


A dream for Pasig River

There has been much hand-wringing and hair pulling about it, but it seems inevitable that the Pasig River, which brought life to what has become Metro Manila, is on its last breath. Advocates opposed a planned expressway that will run alongside the river cry preservation and rehabilitation, but their calls seem as shallow as many parts of the river that had been inundated by silt and pollution. Some would say such calls are empty and good only...


What to do in Seoul: the new touristic hot spot

Seoul, the vibrant capital of South Korea, combines a centuries-old culture with a modern, futuristic vibe—and the contrast is bewildering! The city humbles visitors with its collection of ancient palaces and then dazzles with futuristic fashion and technology. Deeply traditional but cutting edge too, Seoul seduces and surprises... and never disappoints! Click through and find out where to go Seoul searching.


The 30 loudest animals in the world

Nature truly is a marvel. There are so many unbelievable sights, smells, and in this gallery, sounds. Most people have heard about the legendary howl of a wolf, or the mighty roar of the king of the jungle, yet not many have actually experienced it. The only way to truly understand the intensity of their voices would be to stand before them, but in many cases, that's not a great idea... Instead, we've decided to use the best comparison which is the decibel (represented as dB). The decibel scale shows us how intense a sound is. The higher the number of decibels is, the louder the sound. For reference, a typical car horn can reach 107–109 dB. In this gallery, you'll find 30 of the loudest animals in the world ranked in order of recorded decibels (dB). Click through and prepare to be surprised!


Tense talks as UNESCO mulls Heritage sites at risk

Tensions are simmering ahead of summer talks on which UNESCO World Heritage sites are deemed to be endangered, with countries battling against featuring on the UN cultural body's list. UNESCO, the UN body for education, science and culture, insists that being placed on the narrower list of endangered sites is not a black mark.


Major US carriers restore some flight operations amid global cyber outage

By Shivansh Tiwary and Maria Ponnezhath (Reuters) -Top U.S. carriers including Delta Air and United Airlines are restoring some operations on Friday after a technical issue related to an IT vendor forced multiple carriers to ground flights. However, delays and cancellations were expected to persist throughout the day, as airlines try to fully recover from the impact of the outage that upended


New Scilly Ferries service hit by further delays

A new ferry service due to start early next week in Cornwall has cancelled the week's sailings.


'Be Kind' road sign appears on city street

The sign near Hull's Maritime Museum has been put up ahead of Pride celebrations later this month.


Woman hit by Tube trains to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Sarah de Lagarde lost an arm and leg after being run over by two Tube trains in September 2022.


What to know about airline refunds, delays as global IT outage causes 'mass chaos,' expert says

A global outage linked to a CrowdStrike tech update impacted airline passengers. Financial remuneration for customers will largely depend on airline policy.


More canceled domestic, intl flights due to global IT outage – MIAA

MANILA, Philippines — Several local and international airlines have canceled their flights following a massive IT outage on Friday that caused chaos at airports, banks and businesses across the globe, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said Saturday. In an advisory, the MIAA said affected were: Cebu Pacific 5J186/5J185 Manila - Incheon - Manila 5J279/5J280 Manila - Denpasar - Manila 5J931/5J932 Manila - Bangkok - Manila...


New Cocktail Lounge Brings a Dash of Paris to Houston’s Montrose

Sophie Cocktail and Terrace Bar channels the French Riveria on its lively rooftop patio, while its sultry 20-seat lounge delivers Parisian drama and “experiential” cocktails


How to enjoy 24 hours in dynamic Dubai

Dubai is one of the most exciting destinations in the world—and one of the most expensive! The largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai deserves to be explored at leisure. But what if you have a limited amount of time to discover this opulent desert gem of a destination? If you're heading to Dubai via a layover, what can you do in 24 hours, and where should you go? Browse the gallery for some ideas of how to spend, spend, spend some time in this compelling and record-breaking city.


15 incredible facts about the Olympic Games in Paris


What to do if your flight is delayed? Flights disrupted globally due to tech outage

What to do if your flight is delayed? Flights disrupted globally due to tech outage - Everything you need to know if you have been affected by flight delays and cancellations


Where to admire the beauty of the pagoda

A signature of East and Southeast Asian architecture and common to China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other countries in the region, the pagoda is a tiered tower-like structure made of brick, stone, or wood and characterized by multiple, upward curving eaves. The pagoda traces its origins to that of the stupa—a hemispherical, domed, commemorative monument first constructed in ancient India. The pagoda itself is usually associated with a Buddhist temple complex, but there are those that serve a purely decorative purpose. Click through the following gallery and take a closer look at these towering achievements of architectural splendor.


The most dangerous cities in Europe

Ah, Europe! History and culture that is steeped in fairy tales. The magnificent cities of Europe attract millions of eager tourists every year with the promise of a beautiful and safe trip into the magic it offers. However, be warned! Some of Europe's cities are not as safe as one might expect. In this gallery, we've ranked Europe's most dangerous cities according to their crime rates. These crime rates are calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population. The result is then multiplied by 100,000. It might surprise you to find some of your favorite cities on this list, but if they're there, there's good reason for it... Curious? Then click on!


My wife and I both work full-time. Summers are complex — we have to plan our kids' summer schedules 6 months in advance.

A dad of 2 told Business Insider how summer vacation makes working full-time harder even.


Pag-asa Island airport dev't among priorities -- Marcos | INQToday

President Bongbong Marcos says the development of an airport on Pag-asa Island is among the priorities of the government.


What to expect from an Olympic ceremony like no other

Date, time, order and how to watch on the BBC - here is everything you need to know about the Paris Olympics opening ceremony.


Millionaires who can't afford Miami are flocking to this Florida city

Millionaires who have been driven out of Miami and Palm Beach by an influx of billionaires have resettled in a different Florida city. Their arrival in the new area has driven up real-estate prices.


PH, US tackle preserving rights to fly, sail, operate under int'l law | INQToday

The defense chiefs of the Philippines and the United States discuss the importance of safeguarding the rights of nations to fly, sail and operate under international law.


Hate crowds? Try these alternatives to famous destinations


Credit card companies that offer free credit scores

Credit cards that offer free credit score monitoring services — and lucrative rewards, whether you're looking for travel points or cash back.


Aquarium challenges negative perceptions of sharks

Visitors will be able to learn about the global challenges that endangered shark species face.


United Airlines Q2 profit rises to $1.32 billion

United Airlines on Wednesday reported that its second-quarter profit rose 23% to $1.32 billion, as record crowds at U.S. airports helped the carrier overcome sharply rising costs for fuel and labor. However, United warned that third-quarter results will fall short of Wall Street expectations because of a glut of U.S. flights that has airlines cutting prices to fill seats. Delta Air Lines gave a similarly dim forecast last week. The airlines...


PH bags best ports of call award amid intensified cruise tourism push

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has won the prestigious Best Ports of Call 2024 award at the 10th Asia Cruise Awards in Jeju Island, South Korea amid the government’s intensified push to boost the country’s cruise tourism. The Department of Tourism (DOT) received the award during a ceremony at the Asia Cruise Forum on July 10. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said the award highlights the efforts of cruise tourism stakeholders in...