Travel and Tourism

PH records 1.1M foreign tourists since February reopening

MANILA – The Philippines has recorded a total of 1.1 million foreign travelers since it reopened in February this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported late Friday.The latest figure as of August 7 surpassed the full-year arrivals in 2021 when borders were still closed to tourists and... Read More

PH travel mart 2022 set Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

MANILA – The Philippine Travel Mart (PTM), one of the country's longest-running travel exhibitions, will hold its 2022 edition starting Sept. 30.The expo, which will run until Oct. 2 at SMX Convention Center, will feature more than 200 exhibitors and promises accommodation, flights, as well... Read More

DOT eyes new slogan anchored on ‘elements unique to Filipinos’

MANILA – The Philippines is eyeing an "evolved" national tourism slogan, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco has revealed Wednesday.The country's current tagline "It's More Fun in the Philippines" was launched in 2012, replacing the previous WOW Philippines campaign.Frasco said the new branding... Read More

AirAsia PH to expand network, sees full recovery by 2023

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines on Tuesday said it will expand its network, while also seeing the airline's full recovery by 2023.To further widen its domestic reach, AirAsia is looking at Butuan and Tawi-Tawi via Zamboanga in Mindanao; Legazpi, Tuguegarao and Laoag in Luzon.It is also... Read More

DOT, DOTr in talks to improve PH air, sea ports

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to create a technical working group to further improve the country's air and sea ports.The creation of the group was approved during Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco’s meeting with... Read More

DOT to strengthen Filipino Brand of Service

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco bared Thursday the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s immediate plans to facilitate an interagency technical working group (TWG) which seeks to strengthen the capacity of micro-entrepreneurs such as food vendors to provide quality tourism... Read More

DOT, Bohol probe ‘overpriced' seafood in Virgin Island

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in touch with Bohol province over the alleged overpricing of seafood by vendors at Virgin Island in Panglao.In a statement Tuesday night, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said this is a matter that DOT "takes seriously especially as it concerns the... Read More

IA on skeleton workforce after Comelec building fire

MANILA – The Intramuros Administration (IA) will implement a skeleton workforce on Monday to ensure the safety of personnel and visitors following the fire that hit Palacio del Gobernador where its office is located.In a statement Sunday night, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the IA... Read More

The Pangasinan Nomad: unofficial tourism ambassador

CALASIAO, Pangasinan – Before the vlogger and Tiktok era, The Pangasinan Nomad page was the primary source of information on where and what to explore in the province of Pangasinan.The Pangasinan Nomad with over 24,000 followers at present is the personal blog page of Rodolfo Manandeg Jr. of... Read More

Cultural, heritage sites severely damaged by quake: DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported severe damage to cultural and heritage sites in several parts of northern Luzon following the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Abra on July 27.In a statement sent Wednesday night, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco ordered... Read More

Legazpi's refurbished Kalayaan Park seen to draw more visitors

LEGAZPI CITY – After seven months of refurbishing and sprucing up, another tourism-oriented project is now open to the public and is anticipated to draw more visitors to this city.The Kalayaan Park (Freedom Park) is a 1.3-hectare area located in Barangay Gogon that showcases state-of-the-art... Read More

Gov't eyes incentivizing sustainable tourism practices

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at the possibility of incentivizing sustainable tourism practices.In a post-State of the Nation Address forum on Tuesday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco sought the introduction of incentives for tourism stakeholders who she said would be... Read More

Airlines welcome Marcos plan to build more int'l airports

MANILA – Local carriers on Monday welcomed President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s plan to upgrade the airports and build more international airports in the country.In his first State of the Nation Address, Marcos said doing so would improve connectivity to strategic locations. Further,... Read More

Over 650K tourists visit Aurora in first half of 2022

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The number of tourist arrivals in the province of Aurora reached over 650,000 in the first half of this year.Data from the Aurora Tourism Office showed that a total of 653,054 tourists visited the province from January to June, an indication that the province's... Read More

DOT supports Nat'l Museum, offers help in promoting museums

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco on Wednesday affirmed the department’s full support to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) during her attendance at the 3rd quarter regular Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting at the National Museum in... Read More

Legazpi City tourist arrivals up by 300% from last year

LEGAZPI CITY – The number of tourist arrivals in this city increased by more than 300 percent this year compared to the same period last year.This, after the City Tourism Office (CTO) officially announced early this year that national and local organizations could already conduct their... Read More

More Manila-Cambodia flights starting September

MANILA– Passengers of the Philippines will have more options going to Cambodia as flag carrier Philippine Airlines will mount additional flights from Manila beginning September 1. According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), PAL is the only carrier that has a direct flight... Read More

Stargaze, see fireflies glow in Puerto Princesa

MANILA – Palawan's heavily forested setting has blessed Puerto Princesa, an attraction you can also find in most pristine places in the Philippines, an unmatched view of constellations in the sky and a night with fireflies enchantingly fluttering in the trees.The unique experience is offered... Read More

Boracay, Palawan and Cebu hailed World's Best Islands

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has lauded the naming of the country's three island destinations among "The 25 Best Islands in the World" by the New York-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure (T+L).Boracay Island featuring its postcard-perfect sunset ranked 9th in the T+L World's... Read More

AirAsia PH to resume Bali, Bangkok flights on July 17

MANILA -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines on Friday announced the resumption of its services between Manila and Bali, Indonesia, and Bangkok, Thailand, beginning July 17. The carrier had planned to relaunch these routes last April. The resumption, however, got delayed as it depended on the... Read More