Travel and Tourism

Buena Komida: Sharing heirloom recipes with the world

Buena Komida: Sharing heirloom recipes with the world

March 30, 2023, 7:21 pm

LAOAG CITY – Apart from its natural wonders and heritage sites, Ilocos Norte is also famous for its local cuisines served in its restaurants and food spots that keep both tourists and balikbayans coming back. One such up-and-coming restaurant is the newly-opened “Buena Komida,” which sits… Read More

Tour operators, hotels group tie up to boost inbound travel

Tour operators, hotels group tie up to boost inbound travel

March 28, 2023, 6:31 pm

MANILA – Two of the country’s biggest tourism groups joined forces for a business-to-business fair to boost domestic and inbound tourism. From March 28 to 29, the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) and the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) would host 87 sellers and 105… Read More

DOT: Puerto Galera remains open to tourists

DOT: Puerto Galera remains open to tourists

March 28, 2023, 4:01 pm

MANILA – Puerto Galera, one of Mindoro’s top travel destinations, continues to accept tourists and remains free of oil spill, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the municipal government of Puerto Galera confirmed that the area “remains negative of… Read More

DOT: Bicol ready to welcome visitors this summer

DOT: Bicol ready to welcome visitors this summer

March 27, 2023, 6:41 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) has assured local and foreign tourists that summer destinations and different establishments in the region are now ready to welcome and serve visitors. In a phone interview on Monday, DOT-5 Regional Director Herbie Aguas said they have… Read More

Visa reforms to accommodate more Chinese, Indian tourists

Visa reforms to accommodate more Chinese, Indian tourists

March 25, 2023, 9:51 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with other government agencies to ease entry for tourist source markets, particularly India and China. At a high-level convergence meeting on Friday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco discussed with the heads of the Bureau of Immigration, and… Read More

US sees ‘history tourism’ attracting more Americans to PH

US sees ‘history tourism’ attracting more Americans to PH

March 24, 2023, 3:32 pm

MANILA – The United States Embassy in Manila sees “history tourism” attracting more American tourists to the Philippines. The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson posited this tourism product's potentials during a meeting with Tourism… Read More

Tourism exec optimistic of industry's further recovery this year

Tourism exec optimistic of industry's further recovery this year

March 22, 2023, 6:04 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The tourism industry in Central Luzon is starting to further pick up this year after the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Richard Daenos, regional director of the Department of Tourism inCentral Luzon (DOT-3), said on Wednesday the region’s tourism… Read More

China reopens to Filipino tourists, resumes visa issuances

China reopens to Filipino tourists, resumes visa issuances

March 18, 2023, 5:30 pm

MANILA – China has officially reopened to foreign tourists, including Filipinos, as it resumed accepting applications for all types of visas, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Saturday. “The long wait is over as China finally resumes issuing all types of visas for foreigners, including the… Read More

DOT plan to transform PH into tourism powerhouse in 5 years

DOT plan to transform PH into tourism powerhouse in 5 years

March 15, 2023, 10:07 pm

MANILA – The Philippines targets to become a tourism powerhouse in Asia in the next five years, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said Wednesday. At the unveiling of the 2023-2028 National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) during a tourism stakeholders’ summit in Manila, the Department of… Read More

Cebu Pacific daily Clark-Incheon flights start May 5

Cebu Pacific daily Clark-Incheon flights start May 5

March 15, 2023, 8:27 pm

MANILA – Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Wednesday it will operate daily flights between Clark and Incheon, South Korea beginning May 5. "We continue to strengthen connectivity from our Clark hub which is important for Cebu Pacific because Clark services Central and Northern… Read More

C. Luzon tourism workers train on ‘Filipino brand of service’

C. Luzon tourism workers train on ‘Filipino brand of service’

March 15, 2023, 7:46 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Tourism-Central Luzon (DOT-3) is stepping up efforts to strengthen the overall tourism experience in the region. DOT-3 Regional Director Richard G. Daenos said on Wednesday that a series of Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) training… Read More

PH participation in ITB Berlin nets P251 million in bookings

PH participation in ITB Berlin nets P251 million in bookings

March 15, 2023, 6:19 pm

MANILA – Filipino tourism players bagged more than PHP200 million in negotiated sales at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) 2023 in Berlin, one of the world’s biggest travel and trade fair. At a tourism stakeholders’ summit on Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said over… Read More

PH to launch ‘enhanced’ tourism slogan mid-2023: Frasco

PH to launch ‘enhanced’ tourism slogan mid-2023: Frasco

March 15, 2023, 5:39 pm

MANILA – The Philippines will come out with an “enhanced” tourism slogan that would showcase the “Filipino brand” to the world in mid-2023, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said Wednesday. “The Philippines continues to have its existing slogan which has been around for 12 years and… Read More

Filipinos eager to travel as options go digital, booking app says

Filipinos eager to travel as options go digital, booking app says

March 14, 2023, 8:45 pm

MANILA – More Filipinos are eager to travel as the tourism industry goes digital and destinations ease restrictions, online booking platform Klook said Tuesday. The Travel Pulse study said 75 percent of Filipinos are also willing to spend for travel “to make the most out of post-pandemic… Read More

‘Bisita Be My Guest’ seen to lure more Chinese tourists

‘Bisita Be My Guest’ seen to lure more Chinese tourists

March 13, 2023, 4:56 pm

BEIJING – The Philippines’ Department of Tourism has launched the “Bisita Be My Guest” (BBMG) here to encourage Filipinos to invite more Chinese tourists to visit the country. Erwin Batane, the country’s tourism attaché in Beijing, said the target is to lure at least 33 percent of the… Read More

Cebu Pacific to resume Palawan, CDO flights via Iloilo

Cebu Pacific to resume Palawan, CDO flights via Iloilo

March 8, 2023, 5:25 pm

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Wednesday the resumption of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Cagayan de Oro routes via Iloilo in June. "Cebu Pacific had to stop the Iloilo-Puerto Princesa and Iloilo-Cagayan De Oro routes because of the pandemic, when many airlines suspended… Read More

Cruise ship with 1.8K passengers docks in Puerto Princesa

Cruise ship with 1.8K passengers docks in Puerto Princesa

March 2, 2023, 8:03 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – City officials here welcomed the second cruise ship to visit Palawan after the Covid-19 pandemic, saying cruise ship tourism is a major boost to the local economy. City Tourism Officer Demetrio Alvior Jr. said the Westerdam cruise ship, carrying 1,800 passengers,… Read More

AirAsia PH to hire more pilots, crew

AirAsia PH to hire more pilots, crew

March 2, 2023, 7:17 pm

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines will continue to boost its manpower this year and will hire more pilots and crew, its executives confirmed on Thursday. "AirAsia Philippines' decision to hire more flight crew and technical staff is our way of ensuring the best travel experience for all our guests.… Read More

Filipinas ‘powering’ travel; earn P2.5B as hosts in 2022

Filipinas ‘powering’ travel; earn P2.5B as hosts in 2022

March 1, 2023, 9:05 am

MANILA – The Philippines has been identified as Airbnb’s second-largest women-powered host community in the world, with Filipinas making up 65 percent of its hosts in the country. Mich Goh, Airbnb’s head of public policy for Southeast Asia, said Tuesday that hosts who self-identify as women… Read More

TIEZA collects P2.3-B travel tax in 2022; online payment launched

TIEZA collects P2.3-B travel tax in 2022; online payment launched

February 28, 2023, 6:14 pm

MANILA – The Philippine government has collected PHP2.3 billion in travel tax in 2022, raising optimism this year for the tourism industry severely battered by the pandemic. Data from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) showed that last year’s PHP2.38 billion… Read More