Monthly Archives: April 2015

AirAsia offers P1 seat sale for Manila – Hong Kong

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MANILA, 21 April 2015 – AirAsia Philippines, the Filipino Low Cost Carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for six consecutive years, today announced it will start flights between Manila and Hong Kong on 8 May 2015 with 4x flights weekly or every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Introductory seat sale of P1.00 one way (base fare only*) from Manila are available now at http://www.airasia.com for guests traveling from 8 May to 23 October 2015.

AirAsia Philippines’ Chief Executive Officer, Joy Cañeba said, “We are opening Manila – Hong Kong route as part of our commitment to give passengers especially our Filipino overseas workers and leisure travellers more choices, better value and only the best, quality service at super low fares.”

Guests can also book their promo flights via AirAsia’s mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, as well as its mobile site mobile.airasia.com.

“Take advantage of the summer break and AirAsia’s low fares by traveling to Hong Kong where food and shopping are not only major attractions but wonderful experiences,” Cañeba added.

Discover more of Hong Kong and the Philippines by downloading AirAsia’s travel guides at http://www.airasia.com/travelguides. The travel guides are free and include essential travel information at each domestic destination such as accommodation, transport and the must-see’s and must-do’s.

For more updates on AirAsia’s latest news, as well as promotions, activities and contests, connect with them via Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh).

Manila-Hong Kong Flight Schedule to start 8 May 2015

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*excluding airport tax and applicable fees; NO fuel surcharge on all AirAsia flights.

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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes NAMED One of TIME MAGAZINE’S TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Kuala Lumpur, April 17 — TIME Magazine named Tony Fernandes to the 2015 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its twelfth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

With a vision to democratize air travel, Fernandes co-founded AirAsia in 2001 with partner Kamarudin Bin Meranun, purchasing a then loss-making AirAsia from its Malaysian owner for a token one Ringgit ($0.30 USD) along with over $11M USD in debt.

Never losing focus on delivering a high value product at affordable prices and against all odds, Fernandes unleashed an unprecedented boom in air travel in Asia and the ASEAN region, connecting communities and cultures while providing a tremendous boost to the region’s economies. Innovative product offerings and creative marketing turned the once-staid industry on its head.

Today, AirAsia is the largest low-cost carrier in Asia, servicing the most extensive network with over 90 destinations. Within 13 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 280 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 190 with established short-haul operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India, and long-haul operations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for six consecutive years from 2009 – 2014.

Fernandes commented, “It’s a tremendous honour to be included in TIME’S top 100 list – I was shocked when I first received the news but I am very proud and humbled.”

“This has been a challenging year but my entire career has been about challenges and with every obstacle, we learn and become even better. I believe we are making forward strides and I am excited about the future. This year will be about refocusing my attention on the core businesses starting with AirAsia. We are committed to strengthening our core proposition of providing the highest value product and further expanding our network across Asean and beyond. We have always been about serving the underserved, whether it be through our services and product or giving chances to our staff where we have pilots who used to be purchasing assistants, department heads who started as baggage handlers and flight attendants who used to be administrative assistants. My hope is that the work we do through AirAsia and Tune Group enables and inspires the next generation of ASEAN entrepreneurs and SME owners and propels them into success.”

“I also want to thank my staff across all of my businesses in AirAsia, Tune Group, QPR and Caterham for standing by me through it all, for the tremendous support and hard work. Together, we will continue to disrupt the market.””

The full list and related tributes appear in the April 27th issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets tomorrow (Friday) and now at http://www.time.com/time100

Follow @TIME for updates about the list on Twitter and at Facebook.com/TIME and #TIME100. Follow @AirAsia for updates on AirAsia’s latest news and promotions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LINE.

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Cebu startup powers digital tourism in Albay

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TRAVEL to the many attractions of Albay, from Mayon Volcano with its near perfect cone to Spanish period churches and other centuries-old structures, has been made easier with the launch of a mobile app that serves as a handy guide to the province.
The app was built by Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media, in collaboration with the Albay Provincial Government, and wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). Albay Guide is a comprehensive travel app that can be downloaded on iOS, Android, and Windows phones and other mobile devices.
“Mobile plays a key role in travel. A study by Google and Ipsos MediaCT showed phones are used throughout the travel process – from getting travel inspiration to planning, booking, experiencing and even post traveling – with 67% of leisure travelers and 78% of business travelers using smartphones,” said InnoPub co-founder Marlen Limpag, “Our phones do not just keep us connected during our trips, they are our cameras, boarding passes, portable media players and, in our Digital Tourism program, travel guides.”
The app lists such Albay destinations as the Cagsawa Ruins, Lidong National Park, Mayon Skyline and Mayon Resthouse, Misibis Bay Resort, Lignon Hill Nature Park, Vera Falls, Kawa-Kawa Hill, Embarcadero de Legazpi, and Danao Lake and provides information useful to visitors, such as detailed instructions on getting to the sites and the many activities they can do when they arrive.
 “Albay is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines. It has been cited by international tour organizations as the best destination in Southeast Asia,” said Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.
Intrigued by Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone? The Albay Guide gives you the many ways you can enjoy Mayon.
Whether it is just to know the best spots to view or take a photo of Mayon or get up close and personal through an ATV Ride along the volcano’s lava trail, the Albay Guide is your best bet for information on these activities.
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to bring our digital tourism program to Albay in collaboration with our partners. The province has been a long time partner for various initiatives like disaster preparedness. Aside from enriching people’s travel experiences, digital tourism also opens up opportunities for local communities and businesses,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Smart public affairs group head.
Albay’s beauty, according to Salceda, is not limited to its natural assets. He said the province is also rich in arts and cultural heritage, citing its man-made citadels and monuments, a culinarian that showcases the best in food and thrilling innovations in fine dining, and ladies who have been winning beauty pageants around the world.
“With Albay’s 7.1 percent share in foreign tourists and expanding number of domestic visitors, Smart’s Digital Tourism program will further fortify the province’s position in a highly competitive tourism industry,” said the governor.
The free Albay Guide app and digital markers on top destinations will lead to greater customer satisfaction through easily accessible tourism information and result in more repeat visitors, he added.
“Digital Tourism will boost our product positioning and brand franchising of unique iconic features like Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Ruins and such unforgettable engagements as the Mayon ATV. It will also fortify our positioning as ecotourism, cultural, and culinary destinations,” Salceda also said.
Also provided in the mobile app are details on travel to Abay’s ancient churches and other heritage monuments, the best places to sample local fares like Bicol Express, pinangat, and sili ice cream, the best pasalubong and where to buy them, hotels and accommodations, as well the top things to do in the province.
The Albay Guide is one component of Smart’s digital tourism program launched in the historic and majestic Our Lady of the Gate Church in Daraga, Albay last April 10.
“It is a unique launching place: it is on top of Santa Maria Hill, in front of the centuries-old baroque church, overlooking the center of Albay, and under the shadows of the Majestic Mayon Volcano. How nice it would be to unveil a technological wonder so close to the clouds yet firmly grounded on the natural wonders of Albay,” said Salceda.
Interactive markers will also be deployed on special sites like churches, plazas, and monuments to provide visitors more information on Albay’s rich historical heritage.
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