Travel and Tourism

Travelers, tourism biz near Taal Volcano told to evacuate

MANILA – Travelers and tourism businesses in high-risk areas near the restive Taal Volcano are advised to evacuate as authorities placed the volcano under Alert Level 3 due to "magmatic unrest" at its main crater.In a statement on Friday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the health and... Read More

RedDoorz targets Gen Zs, millennials with new hotel brand

MANILA – RedDoorz launched on Tuesday Sans Hotels, an "economy lifestyle" hotel brand targeting Gen Zs and millennials eager for staycations at a low cost.The first Sans Hotel is located in Sampaloc, Manila, with more properties expected to open in Tagaytay and Cebu City soon.Each hotel has a... Read More

DOT hails Davao’s ‘Bakuna by the Sea’ for tourist workers

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauded the tourism stakeholders of Davao City for spearheading an "innovative" vaccination program for travel and hospitality employees, including A4 priority group members.Dubbed as "Bakuna by the Sea," the vaccination program will be held at the... Read More

AirAsia, Cebu hotels tie-up to rebuild tourism, air travel

CEBU CITY - Philippines AirAsia has inked a partnership with the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) to help boost tourism and economic recovery in Cebu.“Tourism stakeholders including AirAsia are united with stakeholders such as the HRRAC, the Department of Tourism and... Read More

Discounted swab test for tourists extended at PCMC

MANILA – The discounted reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for qualified tourists at the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) has been extended until December, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) announced Wednesday.This extension cuts into half the PHP1,500... Read More

DOT to tourists: Interact responsibly with marine wildlife

MANILA – In celebration of World Environment Month this June, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterates the need for tourists to educate themselves on sustainable interaction with marine wildlife.“Observing marine wildlife in its natural habitat is incredibly fulfilling and quite an... Read More

DOT unveils Ilocos Region tourism recovery plan 

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