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Kick start your day, March 16: Poe leads Pulse Asia poll, Max's returns to profitability

Plus, tourist arrivals surge in January, says the Department of Tourism.

POE TOPS PULSE ASIA SURVEY, MAX'S BOUNCES BACK. From left: Senator Grace Poe tops the latest Pulse Asia survey after getting endorsement from Nationalist People's Coalition; Max's Group Inc. bounces back from losses after Pancake House, Inc. acquisition; and tourist arrivals hit ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | March 16, 2016 08:00:00
Startup Tips

Lei Andrea Hofman and her big, hometown dream

The half-Danish, half-Filipina 19-year-old entrepreneur dreams of turning Dingalan, Aurora, into a popular tourist spot.

BIG DREAM. At 19, Lei Andrea Hofman dreams of converting her hometown into a discernible place on the map, a sustainable destination for people who want to escape the city.Lei Andrea Hofman has begun to stake a claim to tourists coming to ...

by Shadz Loresco  | January 31, 2016 04:00:00
Run & Grow

5 ways to succeed in the souvenir-items business

Tips from a Cebu-based businessman who has made it big nationwide

One of the most popular souvenirs a tourist brings home from a vacation is a shirt that shows a photo or drawing of an icon or landmark that represents the place he has visited. A shirt of good quality, however, used to ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | January 15, 2016 02:00:00
Startup Tips

Old Manila Walks makes themed tours more fun

Tour company combines good food with good stories

For the food-loving Filipinos, good food and good stories go hand-in-hand. This entrepreneur just added a pinch of adventure to make it even better.Looking at the lanky and chinky-eyed Ivan Man Dy, it’s not immediately clear that this man’s job involves eating ...

by Peter Imbong  | September 30, 2013 12:00:00
Business Ideas

This service is helping hotels fill rooms

It was 2006, and Lila Marquez-Rosenberger wanted to bring the parents of her husband, Bjorn, from abroad to Bohol to celebrate the birth of their first grandchild. It would have been the first time for all of them to vacation in the ...

by Jimbo Owen B. Gulle  | December 06, 2012 01:00:00
Business Ideas

How to be a tour guide

Being a tour guide is a good sideline because of the low startup cost and the ready market all year long.

Being a tour guide is a good sideline because of the low startup cost and the ready market all year long. Once confined to the summer season tourism has now become a year round enterprise due to the influx of Chinese, Korean ...

October 03, 2012 04:00:00
Startup Tips

5 questions to ask before getting into the hotel biz

Exec says hotelier needs huge capital and patience in the hotel business.

In a recent meeting, the tourism stakeholders in the country have set an ambitious 8-million foreign visitor arrivals annually starting 2016.  A report by Business Mirror said that in a consultation, organized by the tourism committee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | July 05, 2012 07:00:00

Franchising 101: Understanding the basics

Franchise Asia 2011 chair tells us what it really is

Franchising is one of the most popular methods of expanding or entering a business, depends on which side of the fence you are in.If you are a business owner, chances are you are already thinking of going into franchising to grow your ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | August 17, 2011 03:00:00
Business Ideas

Why DOT is considering accreditation for the tourism business

Will accreditation increase start-ups in tourism?

The tourism industry is one of the flagship sectors of the country. It is also one of the easiest industries to penetrate for small and medium entrepreneurs. And with a unified accreditation system being considered by local government units, the industry is ...

August 17, 2011 01:00:00
Startup Tips

Opportunities in the tourism and wellness sector

Which areas remain underserved?

Q: Tourism has long been a major money-earner for the Philippines. Are there still areas for the aspiring entrepreneur who wants to put up a tourism-related enterprise?A: Tourism became one of the hallmark programs of the last administration. Tourism is actually the ...

by Dr. Eduardo Morato  | July 21, 2011 07:00:00
Business Ideas

10 facts entrepreneurs in tourism-related businesses need to know

Equip your company with the right information

The tourism industry is one of the sunrise industries the Philippine government has been harping on. A lot of entrepreneurs have opted to try their hand in business by becoming part of the tourism sector.Hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, travel agencies and even ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | June 07, 2011 04:00:00
Business Ideas

7 key investment areas in the tourism industry

Know where to put your money

Tourism continues to be among the sunshine industries in the Philippines, and there\\\'s no better way to reap its benefits than by putting up a business that will surely take off with all the cash foreigners pour in while enjoying our beaches ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | May 05, 2011 11:00:00
Business Ideas

Ivan Man Dy is taking the steps to success

Walking around is literally the business of Ivan Man Dy

He’s been doing this for five years, and he’s only 31. It’s been a charmed business life for Ivan Man Dy, founder, lead guide and proprietor of Old Manila Walks, a self described “small operation, with just three people” that owns and ...

February 22, 2011 06:00:00