Travel and Tourism

Batangas holds 2nd kite-flying fest to drum up summer tourism

Batangas holds 2nd kite-flying fest to drum up summer tourism

February 29, 2024, 4:20 pm

BATANGAS CITY – The Batangas Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), in partnership with a group of kite-flying enthusiasts, is holding a month-long kite-flying festival in March to attract more summer tourists, and to provide small Batangueño entrepreneurs an opportunity to… Read More

DOT names Masbate province as 'Art Capital' of Bicol

DOT names Masbate province as 'Art Capital' of Bicol

February 29, 2024, 2:40 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – To further promote and give way to diversified art sectors in Masbate, the Department of Tourism-Bicol (DOT–5) has issued a proclamation declaring the province as the "Art Capital of Bicol." In an interview on Thursday, Regional Director Herbie Aguas said Proclamation No. 001… Read More

MV Norwegian Jewel returns to Currimao port with 2,376

MV Norwegian Jewel returns to Currimao port with 2,376

February 27, 2024, 10:40 pm

LAOAG CITY – International cruise ship MV Norwegian Jewel was back at the Currimao port on Tuesday with 2,376 passengers and 1,100 crew members. Araceli Salem, operations officer of the Department of Tourism Laoag sub-office, said the Bahamas-registered cruise ship arrived 8:35 a.m. from Manila… Read More

Dive tourism contributed P73-B to PH economy in 2023

Dive tourism contributed P73-B to PH economy in 2023

February 23, 2024, 9:08 pm

MANILA – Dive tourism contributed at least PHP73 billion to the country’s coffers in 2023, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco shared the figures during the opening of the three-day Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) 2024 at World… Read More

Fil-Canadian wins 2-bedroom condo from Bisita, Be My Guest

Fil-Canadian wins 2-bedroom condo from Bisita, Be My Guest

February 15, 2024, 6:00 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT), led by Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, and SM Development Corp. (SMDC) president Jose Mari J. Banzon on Feb. 13 formally awarded a brand new condominium unit courtesy of SMDC Quezon City to one lucky winner of the Bisita, Be My Guest (BBMG) incentive… Read More

 Ilocano creatives take center stage in Ilocos Norte’s Tan-ok Festival

Ilocano creatives take center stage in Ilocos Norte’s Tan-ok Festival

February 14, 2024, 5:04 pm

LAOAG CITY – Ilocano creatives from 21 towns and two cities of Ilocos Norte will take the center stage during the 11th Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival, the grandest cultural showdown set on Feb. 16 at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Sports Stadium here. Organizers said this year’s celebrations will revolve… Read More

‘Dudol’ making fair: Showcase of local flavor in Paoay town

‘Dudol’ making fair: Showcase of local flavor in Paoay town

February 12, 2024, 7:28 pm

LAOAG CITY – The Ilocano rice cake “dudol” took residents and visitors down memory lane on Monday as the local government of Paoay kept its taste of tradition over the years. As part of an age-old tradition in celebration of the town’s annual Guling-Guling Festival, the dudol-making fair… Read More

8.4 M tourists visit Pangasinan in 2023

8.4 M tourists visit Pangasinan in 2023

February 8, 2024, 8:13 pm

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Declaration of long weekends and added holidays, which the Marcos administration hopes to boost tourism growth, have been significant in the 23.53 percent increase in tourist arrivals in Pangasinan in 2023, a local official said. Pangasinan Provincial Tourism and Cultural… Read More

PH eyes 'layover tours' for transiting local, foreign tourists

PH eyes 'layover tours' for transiting local, foreign tourists

February 8, 2024, 8:13 pm

MANILA – The Philippine government is planning to introduce a "layover tour" program for local and foreign tourists transiting through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco announced Thursday. Frasco said the Department of Tourism (DOT) is in talks… Read More

Visa applications from PH breach pre-pandemic level by 35%

Visa applications from PH breach pre-pandemic level by 35%

February 6, 2024, 4:23 pm

MANILA – The Philippines posted the highest growth in terms of visa applications across Southeast Asia, indicating restored travel confidence among Filipinos, visa service firm VFS Global reported Tuesday. In a briefing in Taguig, VFS Global head for Australasia Kaushik Ghosh said the volume of… Read More

DOT eyes more sites in Eastern Visayas for cruise tourism

DOT eyes more sites in Eastern Visayas for cruise tourism

February 6, 2024, 3:20 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office is searching for more sites in the region that can accommodate more tourists who are part of a cruise. DOT Eastern Visayas regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes told the Philippine News Agency Tuesday that they are particularly… Read More

PH revives Philippine Tourism Awards

PH revives Philippine Tourism Awards

February 2, 2024, 9:57 pm

MANILA – The national government is set to recognize the country’s outstanding travel stakeholders through the revival of the Philippine Tourism Awards (PTA) this year. The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the 2024 PTA, which is envisioned to become the “highest and most prestigious… Read More

‘Biggest’ PH travel expo opens; Spratlys among tours on sale

‘Biggest’ PH travel expo opens; Spratlys among tours on sale

February 2, 2024, 8:58 pm

MANILA – The 2024 Travel Tour Expo (TTE), touted as the biggest travel fair of its kind in the Philippines, has opened its doors to the public on Friday, offering discounted tour packages to popular and undiscovered destinations across the country. One of the unique offerings at the three-day… Read More

PH seen to ‘fully recover’ pre-pandemic tourist arrivals in 2024

PH seen to ‘fully recover’ pre-pandemic tourist arrivals in 2024

February 1, 2024, 3:37 pm

MANILA – The Philippines is expected to recover its pre-pandemic level of foreign visitors, with arrivals predicted to reach 8.21 million by end of 2024, Fitch Solutions unit BMI said. In an industry trend analysis dated Jan. 31, the BMI said the sector’s full recovery would likely be driven… Read More

Bolinao eyes Silaki Island as new community-based tourist destination

Bolinao eyes Silaki Island as new community-based tourist destination

January 31, 2024, 9:20 pm

BOLINAO, Pangasinan – More than the usual sightseeing and leisure tourism, the local government of Bolinao is eyeing to offer an environmental awareness and educational tour eyed to promote an island here as a tourism hub while sustaining and protecting the aquamarine environment. The… Read More

3 PH cities, 21 stakeholders feted in ASEAN Tourism Awards 2024

3 PH cities, 21 stakeholders feted in ASEAN Tourism Awards 2024

January 31, 2024, 5:50 pm

MANILA – Three cities and 21 tourism stakeholders from the Philippines have been recognized during the 2024 ASEAN Tourism Standard Awards in Vientiane, Laos. The awarding ceremony was one of the activities in the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024 which ran from Jan. 22 to 27, the Department of Tourism… Read More

6 Bicol getaways for the long weekends

6 Bicol getaways for the long weekends

January 31, 2024, 4:16 pm

DARAGA, Albay – In Bicol, the long weekends beckon with the promise of rest and adventure. Whether it is a slow and leisurely getaway or a fast-paced and daring escapade, this region, situated at the southernmost tip of Luzon, is a travel mecca for holidaymakers wanting a respite from the… Read More

Firm offers courier service for Palaweños seeking South Korean visas 

Firm offers courier service for Palaweños seeking South Korean visas 

January 30, 2024, 8:45 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan - Residents of this province who want to travel to South Korea no longer need to go to Metro Manila to apply for their visas.  Local courier service provider W Express will launch its Postal Service Visa Application (PSVA) service on Feb. 1 in partnership with the Korea… Read More

DOT to host international dive expo in Feb 2024

DOT to host international dive expo in Feb 2024

January 29, 2024, 8:28 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to host the largest platform for the diving community, Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX), from Feb. 23 to 25, 2024 at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City. In a statement on Monday, DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said the… Read More

P6-M boat enhancement project boosts 'butanding' tourism in Sorsogon

P6-M boat enhancement project boosts 'butanding' tourism in Sorsogon

January 24, 2024, 9:04 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 42 boat operators and 200 front-liners in a tourist destination town in Sorsogon province have benefited from the Boat Enhancement Project under the Kagandahan (Beautification) program of the provincial government of Sorsogon. In a follow-up interview on Wednesday, Bobby… Read More