Following the Home Office’s announcement that passport application fees are set to increase on 27 March 2018*, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has updated its comprehensive guide highlighting the different processes available to renew or apply for a new passport, and the changes in cost for these application methods.

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MICE Leaders Experience Philippine Style Fun At The May Fair

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) hosted an exciting chic beach party for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) specialist agents, professional association leaders and diplomats on 31 January 2018.

Held in the Danziger Suite at The May Fair Hotel in London, the evening provided MICE attendees with a flavour of the Philippines, from an overview of the various offerings in the country such a selection of Philippine food and cocktails made with premium Philippine brand Don Papa rum, to performances from a live band and a cultural dance troupe.

With a ‘chic beach party theme’, guests truly enjoyed Philippine-style fun and said goodbye to January Blues by wearing sunglasses, dancing the night away, singing with a live band and taking part in fun games such as the limbo. Prizes for the games included bottles of Don Papa rum and dinner vouchers for London’s go-to restaurant for authentic Philippine cuisine, Romulo Café.

Attendees at the event included representatives from WRG Live, Reed & Mackay, Barclays PLC, Citigroup and HSBC, among others. During the night, a grand prize of a holiday for two people to the Philippines, sponsored by Makati Diamond Residences, Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) and the Caramon Islands, was presented by the Philippine Embassy’s Consul General Senen Mangalile and Tourism Attaché Gerard O. Panga to TFI Group’s Project Manager, Rui Cruz Alves.

The Philippines’ world-class MICE venues are surprisingly cost-effective for events and the country is quickly becoming a well-established global centre of commerce. Situated in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an archipelago made up of 7,107 islands and alongside luminous white-sand beaches, the country’s modern cities boast dazzling nightlife hotspots and a wide range of sightseeing possibilities for groups.

Speaking about the MICE offerings in the Philippines, Tourism Attaché and Director for Northern & Southern Europe Gerard O. Panga said, “The Philippines’ world-class facilities, colourful culture, superb entertainment and cosmopolitan cuisine provides huge potential for the MICE market. With a fantastic blend of natural beauty, historic sites and friendly people, the Philippines is the ideal destination for your next MICE event. The UK is the top source market for the Philippines in Europe and we are pleased to say that British arrivals to the country reached 182,708 last year, which is a 5.43% increase from the previous year.”

A video showcasing offerings for the MICE market in the Philippines can be downloaded from the following link:

For further information on the Philippines, visit




Photo Captions (from top left to bottom right):
Image 1: Guests enjoy singing with a live band at the Philippine Department of Tourism’s MICE event at the May Fair.
Image 2: Philippine Tourism Attaché Gerard O Panga (far right), Philippine Consul General Senen Mangalile (far left) and PDOT’s Ysobel Ortega (centre right) present a prize holiday to the Philippines to Rui Cruz Alves from TFI Group (centre left).
Image 3: The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) hosted an exciting chic beach party for the MICE market on 31 January 2018 at The May Fair Hotel on Stratton Street in London.
Image 4: Dances were performed by the Philippine cultural dance troupe
Image 5: Guests joined the flash mob on the dance floor to dance to the ‘It’s More Fun In The Philippines’ song.

For more information, please contact:
Fiona Anderson, GEC PR
020 3907 6824

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The ‘Golden Gap Year’: Airport Parking And Hotels (APH) Compares Travel Insurance Policies For The Over-65’s Following Rise In Grown-Up Gap Years

According to research by Azimo*, many Britons are now taking their own ‘grown-up gap year’, with 37% of 1,000 UK adults planning to tick off their bucket list on an extended trip abroad. For empty nesters planning a ‘Golden Gap Year’, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a guide comparing travel insurance policies available to those aged over 65-years-old, available in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website at

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