An archipelago of over 7,100 islands, the Philippines offers over 36,289 kms of coastline with interior seas, canals and bays separating one island from another. The Philippines is, above all, a tropical maritime paradise with an incredible number of pristine beaches and diving sites still to be discovered. In contrast to many other countries in the region, traditional Asian icons such as old temples are not really to be seen in the country. But these are largely compensated for by the presence of marvellous landscapes such as the Bohol “Chocolate Hills” or the 2,000-year old Banaue Rice Terraces and a blend of Asian infused Mexican-Spanish culture and traditions, best reflected in extravagant baroque churches and religious festivals. At present, the Philippines is in the midst of an economic boom, which translates into an accelerated modernisation of the country’s infrastructure. New airports and ports, the development of highways on Luzon Island, the transformation of Manila Bay – all these initiatives are turning the archipelago into a desirable business travel destination again.