Travel and Tourism

Japanese tourists invited to experience PH 'up close'

MANILA – Japanese tourists are encouraged to visit and experience the now fully opened Philippines.The government had been doubling efforts to attract more Japanese to the country, who had been its fourth top market prior to the pandemic.Arrivals from Japan reached 682,788 in 2019 but figures... Read More

Cebu Pacific lauds PH gov't efforts to simplify travel

MANILA – An executive of low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Tuesday lauded the government's efforts in simplifying travel protocols."Looking back, we were using the One Health Pass (OHP), then it became simpler. We are seeing that requirements for the passengers are becoming simpler," said... Read More

PH woos tourists from Saudi Arabia

MANILA – The Philippines seeks to woo more tourists from Saudi Arabia, the country's top Middle East market, as the Department of Tourism (DOT) moves to boost tourism cooperation with the Kingdom.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco met with key industry players in Saudi Arabia, including Vice... Read More

New eTravel system allows greater mobility, enhanced travel: DOT

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco on Monday welcomed the launch of the eTravel system for returning Filipino residents and tourists, saying this allows for greater mobility and enhanced traveler experience.In a statement, Frasco said the agency has supported the removal of the One... Read More

PH hospitality, sustainable tourism highlighted at WTTC Summit 

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco bannered the Filipino brand of service excellence at the recent 22nd World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit: Travel for a Better Future in Saudi Arabia. During the Global Leaders' Dialogue at the event held Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, Frasco... Read More

Solon seeks naming of Albay town as eco-tourism zone

LEGAZPI CITY – A lawmaker in Albay province has filed a bill seeking the declaration of Jovellar town as an eco-tourism zone.In a social media post on Friday, Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Cabredo noted that House Bill No. 6016 is a re-filed proposed measure and was already... Read More

PH to train 100K hospitality workers in 2023: Frasco

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) targets to provide training for 100,000 more Filipino hospitality workers next year.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco made the announcement during the Global Leaders Dialogue of the 22nd World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Saudi Arabia... Read More

PH voted anew as 'world's best' country destination

MANILA – The Philippines was voted anew as the "world's best country tourism destination" in the 2022 Uzakrota Global Travel Awards, cementing its position as a top-of-the-mind travel spot even during a pandemic.The country bested all other countries nominated with 721 votes, bagging the award... Read More

Tourist arrivals in Aurora reach 992K in 10 months

BALER, Aurora – Tourist arrivals in this province have reached more than 990,000 in a span of 10 months, with the number expected to further increase during the holiday season.Provincial tourism officer Ana Riza S. Mendoza said on Wednesday the number of foreign and local tourists that visited... Read More

Urban parks, open spaces to form part of PH tourism portfolio

MANILA – Developing urban parks and open spaces is one of the Philippines' priorities in diversifying its tourism portfolio for post-pandemic travel.In the first Philippine Parks Congress on Thursday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco expressed hope to see more parks in and outside Metro... Read More

Steak specialties hog limelight in Clark's gastronomic campaign

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) launched on Wednesday its latest gastronomic adventure in a bid to promote this Freeport as a premier destination for culinary tourism.Dubbed “Clark Steaksperience," the campaign is in partnership with the Tourism... Read More

North Luzon tourism ‘weaves’ way to recovery via travel fair

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco on Friday said the tourism industry is on its way to recovery, particularly North Luzon as the country is ready to receive tourists and investors from all over the world.In her message during the launching of the 1st... Read More

PH among top Israeli tourist destinations - officials

MANILA – The Philippines has become one of the top tourist destinations for the Israeli people in the last few years with the latter enjoying the similarities in culture of both countries.“You'll see quite a number of Israeli tourists picking up very quickly, from youngsters to families.... Read More

Adjusted holidays to improve overall tourism experience: DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday hailed the decision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to adjust the list of holidays and non-working days in 2023 to allow more long weekends that could lead to a robust tourism industry.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the... Read More

AirAsia to add Hong Kong flights starting December

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines announced Wednesday it will be increasing flights between Manila and Hong Kong, from once weekly to thrice weekly, in December. Due to the expected rise in travel demand, particularly among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the airline will mount flights every... Read More

Biz, tourism workers in Albay learn better customer service

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 40 personnel employed in different tourism-related establishments in Camalig town, Albay province are training on customer service efficiency through a forum facilitated by the Municipal Tourism and Cultural Heritage Office (MTCHO).Tim Florece, Camalig information... Read More

Tourism revenue hits P100-B as arrivals climb to 2 million: DOT

MANILA – The country's tourism receipts reached PHP100 billion while travelers visiting the Philippines ballooned to over 2 million this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday.Latest DOT data showed a total of 2,025,421 visitors arrived as of November 14 since borders reopened last... Read More

PH hailed as world’s leading dive, beach destination

MANILA – The Philippines has been hailed the World's Leading Dive Destination and the World's Leading Beach Destination for 2022 at the 29th World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony held in Muscat, Oman, recently."These global victories for the Philippines evince the unparalleled beauty... Read More

PH, Italy mull first tourism cooperation deal

MANILA – The Philippines and Italian governments are looking to forge their first tourism cooperation agreement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco proposed to sign a memorandum of understanding during her meeting with Italian Minister of Tourism... Read More

Palawan tourists breach 500K mark

MANILA – Palawan has attracted half a million travelers with less than two months before 2022 ends, signaling its return as one of the country’s top tourist draws.The Department of Tourism (DOT) said 65 percent of more than 782,000 tourist arrivals in the Mimaropa region were recorded in... Read More