MANILA — Here are some of the latest travel-related announcements and promotions.

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AGODA’S RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS FOR 2022

As border restrictions begin to ease and vaccination rates increase, Agoda lists five international destinations for vaccinated Filipinos.

These include Vietnam, which boasts of historical and cultural landmarks, food, nature, and bustling cities; France, for its chic Parisian atmosphere and sophisticated architecture and culture; Dubai, known for its luxury shopping and vibrant nightlife; the Maldives, for its Instagram-worthy beach spots and water-related activities; and Canada, for its wonderful winter peaks and cool climate.

Agoda said it also has a HygienePlus feature, highlighting properties that ensure safety protocols.

AIRBNB RELEASES FIRST TRAVEL GUIDE FOR PH

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Airbnb has launched its first travel guide to the Philippines as the country slowly reopens its borders to international visitors and Balikbayans.

The Airbnb 2022 Travel Guide: The Philippines features the hottest and most underrated destinations to visit, plus hidden gems off the beaten path, unbeknownst to even most locals.

It also highlights thrilling activities, unique delights, and the most extraordinary Airbnb stays across the country.

Some of the destinations featured include Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Siquijor, Biliran and the Zamboanga Peninsula, while some “extraordinary” stays can be found in Cebu, Batangas and Palawan.

The new travel guide is available on the Airbnb website.

CLARK INCLUDED IN THE SINGAPORE VTL NETWORK

From March 4, Scoot and Jetstar Asia will offer Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) services to Singapore from Clark International Airport. This after the Singapore Ministry of Transport recently included Clark in its VTL scheme.

The VTL program allows fully vaccinated people to enter Singapore without quarantine via designated flights, provided specific conditions are met.

VTL travelers will be required to take a rapid antigen test at any test center located in Singapore within 24 hours of arrival.

Short-term visitors and eligible work permit holders must also apply for a Vaccine Travel Pass (VTP). VTP applications for the Philippines will open on March 1 at 10 a.m.

DOT’S TRAVEL THEMED PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) recently launched the “Sounds More Fun in the Philippines” playlist, a compilation of music inspired by the country’s destinations.

Initially available on Spotify, the 10 playlists are Manila Night Lights, Boracay Beach Bar, Onshore in La Union, Cordillera Calm, The Pan Philippine Highway Road Trip, Marilaque Bike Trail Mix, Balikbayan Juke Box, Counting Clouds in Camiguin, Wedding Vows in Tagaytay , and Deep Dive in Palawan.

To create the playlists, DOT enlisted rock DJ and Sandwich bassist Myrene Academia, podcast personality Ryan Joseph, music expert Jocelyn Blwg, Matt San Pedro of Manila Community Radio and Transit Records, to musicologist Patricia Brillante-Silvestre and music producer Abdel Aziz.

The songs and artists featured in these playlists are Pinoys as well as international artists and bands with Filipino roots.

DREAMPLAY AT CITY OF DREAMS MANILA REOPENING

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DreamPlay, the world’s first DreamWorks-inspired family entertainment center in City of Dreams Manila, has reopened to a limited capacity.

Currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., DreamPlay can accommodate approximately 100 guests, children and adults, or 20% of the venue’s total capacity at any given time.

Children must be accompanied by fully vaccinated adults, who must present proof of full vaccination. Signing of health declaration forms before entry and wearing of face masks at all times are implemented.

Tickets for all attractions in the play space are available for P1,500, while non-participating tickets can be purchased for P250. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the 5,000 square meter space, families can explore DreamPlay’s 11 attractions that feature challenging rides, storytelling, cooking and more.

Guests can also interact with beloved characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Alex the Lion, Kung Fu Panda, King Julien, Puss in Boots, Poppy and Branch.

SALE OF MEGAWORLD HOTELS ONLINE VOUCHERS

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Megaworld Hotels and Resorts is holding its first Travel Again online voucher sale through March 6, covering 11 properties and 4,000 rooms nationwide.

On the company’s website, customers can book rooms in Boracay, Cebu, Iloilo, Manila or Tagaytay for as little as P2,022, or up to 75% off for business, vacation and other packages.

Featured properties include Belmont Hotel Manila and Savoy Hotel Manila in Pasay, Kingsford Hotel Manila in Paranaque, Hotel Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Twin Lakes Hotel near Tagaytay, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas in Pasig, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo in Iloilo City, Belmont Hotel Boracay and Savoy Hotel Boracay on Boracay Island, and Savoy Hotel Mactan in Cebu.

TRAVELOKA CELEBRATES ITS 10TH YEARS

Traveloka is celebrating its 10th year with its Salebrat10n promotional program at its locations in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

The program offers various Traveloka product discounts, daily flash deals, region-specific vouchers and coupons.

Until March 6, users in the Philippines can enjoy up to 50% discount and couples on all products.