Travel and Tourism

Bringing PH's regional taste in one place

MANILA – The Philippines has been striving to position itself as a destination that does not only offer world-class beaches but also diverse and travel-worthy cuisine.Over the weekend, the Department of Tourism staged the hybrid KAIN NA! Food Festival in Tagaytay, which took guests on a tour... Read More

Visitors told to register as Baguio opens 1K more tourist slots

BAGUIO CITY – The city government here has advised visitors to take advantage of the additional 1,000 slots opened for tourists per day, as the arrival ceiling was raised to 5,000.City Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo said in a phone interview on Thursday that many tourists have been... Read More

PH still world's leading dive destination in 2021: WTA

MANILA – The Philippines has once again secured the title of the world's leading dive destination at the prestigious 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA).“This distinction is indeed a great privilege, yet, it underlines our great responsibility of protecting and conserving our underwater... Read More

Hotels see 2022 as 'good recovery' year

MANILA – Hotels are seeing 2022 as a "good recovery" year after observing a rise in the confidence level to travel among Filipinos."[E]ven if we continue to stay at alert level two, 2022 should really be a good recovery year, not quite the pre-pandemic days but definitely much much better than... Read More

Pangasinan town 2nd in PH best tourism practice

BOLINAO, Pangasinan – The municipality here has been awarded second place for its best tourism practice during the pandemic by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) and the Department of Tourism in the annual Pearl Awards.The town’s entry, titled Mibangon Atamo... Read More

DOT lures balikbayans to rediscover PH with new travel deals

MANILA – The Philippines is inviting balikbayans (returning Filipinos) to travel back home and rediscover the country as it launched on Tuesday a website dedicated solely for overseas Filipinos and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).The balikan.ph website, a one-stop site for... Read More

80% of Filipinos seek sustainable, 'meaningful' way to travel

MANILA – More and more Filipinos are getting "thoughtful and deliberate" in how they travel, with about 80 percent, saying they want to visit a place in ways that could also benefit local communities, both economically and socially.In a commissioned research forwarded by Airbnb on Tuesday,... Read More

PH halts inbound tourism for public health, safety

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday supported the pandemic task force's decision to suspend the entry of foreign tourists to the Philippines, saying public health and safety remain a priority.The Philippines originally planned to allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners... Read More

DOT pushes for 100% vaccination of active tourism workers

MANILA- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday announced that 75.39 percent or 236,714 of the total active tourism workers in the country are now vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).“We will not stop until we achieve 100 percent vaccination for all our active tourism... Read More

95% of tourism workers in dive sector vaxxed vs. Covid-19

MANILA – About 95.78 percent of tourism workers employed in accredited dive establishments across the Philippines have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, signaling the readiness of this niche market to the country's reopening to foreign visitors.Latest data received from 105 Dive... Read More

Cebu airport to implement ‘one health pass’ rule

CEBU CITY – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will implement a “one health pass” policy for arriving international passengers starting Friday (Nov. 26).“In compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 135 dated August 26, 2021, all... Read More

Quarantine shortened for vaccinated OFWs, balikbayans: DOT

MANILA–The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and balikbayans from yellow countries will be reduced from five to just three days starting November 22.Tourism Secretary... Read More

DOT launches bike trail tourism project in Pangasinan

SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan – The Department of Tourism (DOT) here has launched the bike trail tourism project that will aid in physical and mental health and attract more domestic tourists amid the pandemic. In an interview on Friday, DOT Ilocos regional director Joseph Francisco Ortega said this... Read More

Simplify requirements, LGUs told amid Boracay missed flights

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday asked local government units (LGUs) to simplify their entry requirements, following reports that some tourists in Boracay have missed their flights for failing to get the required QR codes on time."The DOT expresses its concern on the... Read More

Camiguin, Boracay scrap swab test for fully vaxxed guests

MANILA – Camiguin and two other destinations are scrapping the swab test requirement for fully vaccinated visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday.In a statement, the agency said Camiguin will start accepting vaccination cards in lieu of a negative reverse... Read More

Incentives await fully vaxxed visitors to Intramuros

MANILA – Intramuros is giving away limited-edition Beep cards and free passes to fully vaccinated tourists visiting some of its sites from November 15 to 30, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.The agency said individuals who have completed their vaccination against Covid-19 within the... Read More

Boracay waives swab test for vaxxed tourists starting Nov. 16

MANILA -- Boracay will no longer require fully vaccinated tourists to submit a negative RT-PCR test results starting November 16, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday."The DOT welcomes the announcement of Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores on the decision to waive the RT-PCR test for fully... Read More

Hybrid Anilao 'underwater shootout' kicks off in December

MANILA – After a two-year hiatus, the prestigious Anilao Underwater Shootout (AUS) will once again showcase the country's pristine diving spots, this time in a hybrid set-up.The underwater photography contest will be held from Dec. 1 to 5 in Anilao, Batangas and is expected to highlight the... Read More

Manila-Camiguin flight starts Nov. 15

MANILA–Direct flights between Manila and Camiguin province will be launched on November 15, low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Tuesday.The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) confirmed to the Philippine News Agency that currently, there is no direct flight on the said... Read More

Alert Level 2 in NCR to help hotels recoup losses from lockdowns

MANILA – The Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA) on Tuesday lauded the government’s decision to downgrade the quarantine classification in the National Capital Region (NCR) from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2.In a statement, the group said this easing in restrictions will help the... Read More