Travel and Tourism

DOT unveils Ilocos Region tourism recovery planĀ 

MANILA – Bicycle tours, motorbiking and other outdoor activities are part of the Department of Tourism's recovery plan to spur local tourism in the Ilocos Region, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday.During her three-day visit to Pangasinan, Puyat said the shift in local tourism... Read More

Vaccination key to tourism recovery

MANILA–Once tourism activities fully restart, the primary travel influence among tourists would be health and safety, the reasons why vaccination is key in the eventual recovery of the industry.Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) chairperson Margarita Munsayac said achieving mass... Read More

PH in 2 years: A 'safe, fun, competitive' destination

MANILA – For the next two years, the Philippines will be positioned as a “safe, fun, and competitive" destination, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday as it banks on strong partnerships with communities and visitors.The DOT said it would develop more tourism products that focus... Read More

Innovating, thriving during pandemic

MANILA – There's a type of crisis where once resolved, eventually goes away and the business returns to normal. But how do you handle one when the crisis is the pandemic itself?For Amor Maclang, an internationally recognized crisis management and disaster risk reduction expert, the way forward... Read More

Leisure travel from NCR Plus to Boracay, MGCQ areas extended

MANILA –Tourists of all ages are free to travel from National Capital Region (NCR) Plus to Boracay and other tourist destinations under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until June 30 subject to certain restrictions. Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat made this clarification on... Read More

Whale sharks greet Cebu paddlers in 5-day expedition

CEBU CITY – The “Paddle Forward Cebu” expedition is now halfway through a five-day sail journey around the southern part of Cebu, marking a major feat to push paddling as a new tourism draw to the island.The group of padding enthusiasts on Monday successfully reached Oslob, where... Read More

Payment for tourism biz loans extended to 2 years: DOT

MANILA – The government has extended to two years the grace period for the repayment of loans to distressed tourism businesses as it further eased the terms for interest-free soft loans under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced... Read More

Cebu travel operators eye fully-vaccinated tourists as market

CEBU CITY – Tour and travel operators in Cebu and Central Visayas have expressed willingness to work with the Department of Tourism (DOT) in setting directions and strategies in tapping fully-vaccinated tourists as a come-in market to revive central Philippines’ tourism industry.Desiree... Read More

DOT, TikTok partner to promote local food tourism

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and video making and sharing app Tiktok introduced their newest campaign, #SarapMagingPinoy, to encourage locals to celebrate Filipino pride by sharing treasured dishes from all over the country and promote a renewed interest and love for local... Read More

Adopting sustainable tourism for the environment

MANILA – In celebration of World Environment Day 2021 on June 5, the Department of Tourism (DOT) urged hotels and resorts to become DOT-accredited to receive assistance in its rapid adoption of sustainable practices."Reviving local economy and creating livelihood is DOT's current priority.... Read More

DOT launches 5-year dev't plan for tourism professionals

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has crafted a five-year plan to develop competent and world-class Filipino tourism professionals.Launched on May 28, the Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Plan (PTHCD) for 2021-2025 seeks to ensure the steady supply of trained manpower and to... Read More

Boracay Island ready to welcome back visitors

ILOILO CITY – Boracay Island is already accepting tourists from the NCR Plus bubble as residents under areas classified as general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ are now allowed to enter as provided for in Resolution 118A of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the... Read More

50% off Covid-19 test for tourists resumes

MANILA – The 50 percent subsidy for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tests for qualified domestic tourists has resumed, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Wednesday after the government allowed leisure travel in and out of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus.Through this... Read More

Leisure travel from NCR plus to MGCQ areas now allowed: DOT

MANILA – Leisure travel from NCR Plus to destinations under modified general community (MGCQ) has been allowed, the Department of Tourism (DOT) confirmed Tuesday.Such travel, however, must be point-to-point only, which means that while pit stops or stopovers are allowed for eating and personal... Read More

Report says families now most dynamic force in travel

MANILA – Families will have a major impact on the future of the travel industry as priorities dramatically shift to reconnecting with relatives during the pandemic."Pre-pandemic, travel was built around business. It made up just 12 percent of air travel but 75 percent of airline profits.... Read More

PATA hybrid summit reflects confidence in PH tourism, MICE

MANILA – The 2021 Adventure Travel Conference and Mart (ATCM) of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) that concluded Friday reflects the growing confidence in the country's MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) sector that has since shifted to a hybrid format to adapt... Read More

Hotels in GCQ areas now allowed leisure guests aged 18 to 65

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the pandemic task force's decision to allow accredited accommodation establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to book leisure stays at 30 percent venue capacity.The DOT said the move would bring back... Read More

Golf workers in NCR get gov't cash aid

MANILA – A total 1,415 golf caddies, golf workers, and employees in five major golf clubs in Metro Manila have received payouts close to PHP7.075 million under the government’s cash assistance program for tourism workers displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.The... Read More

'Regenerative' tourism to help recovery route

MANILA – Teeming with more than 7,000 islands that offer unique destinations and experiences, there's no doubt the Philippines is a top choice when it comes to nature and adventure-based travel. This bodes well for the country as tourism officials see this niche becoming the trend under the... Read More

Reduced quarantine days eyed for arriving vaccinated passengers

MANILA– The Department of Tourism (DOT) is proposing a reduced quarantine period for arriving passengers who have completed their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases... Read More