Travel and Tourism

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

Clark tourism industry maintains good performance amid pandemic 

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – Locators belonging to the tourism and hospitality industry of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) managed to maintain outstanding performance in the year 2020 despite being one of the sectors worst hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Based on... Read More

PH hotels with 2021 Tripadvisor Awards lauded

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has lauded local hotels that recently received the prestigious 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award from Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel destination planning platform.One of the hotels that bagged the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Best of the... Read More

Tourism recovery priority in planned inter-regional circuit

MANILA – An inter-regional tourism circuit in the Mimaropa (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) administrative region and some parts of the Bicol and Calabarzon regions is in the works as part of the government's recovery plan for the battered travel and... Read More

OPAV to assist Aklan town in reopening Boracay

CEBU CITY – The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) has vowed to assist the municipal government of Malay in Aklan province in its effort to reopen Boracay Island to tourists.Undersecretary Anthony Gerard Gonzales, who represented OPAV in engaging with the local... Read More

Nearly 6K hotel rooms open for NCR Plus 'staycationers': DOT

MANILA – A total of 5,986 rooms from 13 hotels in Metro Manila are available for leisure guests or "staycationers" from the National Capital Region and nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal-- collectively known as the NCR Plus.Subject to the observance of minimum public health... Read More

Intramuros to open Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego

MANILA – The historic Walled City of Intramuros will open two of its most popular sites to visitors starting Monday (May 17) following the easing of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Fort... Read More

Half-priced RT-PCR tests for domestic, P2P leisure travelers

MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) announced that it will resume the 50-percent subsidy for domestic tourists taking a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, but only for point-to-point (P2P) air travel from May 15 to June 30, 2021.The Office of the President... Read More

Staycation, P2P leisure air travel allowed in GCQ: DOT

MANILA – Staycation and point-to-point (P2P) air travel for leisure will be allowed in areas placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), including in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite, collectively known as the NCR Plus, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.While... Read More

C. Visayas diving industry poised for post-pandemic recovery

MALAPASCUA ISLAND, Cebu – The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 (Central Visayas) has kicked off the third leg of the DIVE7 Summer Festivals in this famous diving destination, as the island province of Cebu looks to revive diving as one of the major tourist draws post-pandemic.During the launch of... Read More

Ilocos Norte, La Union partner to revive tourism industry

LAOAG CITY–The provinces of Ilocos Norte and La Union have joined forces to revive the tourism industry in their areas.Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between two provinces, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc said Wednesday he looks forward to working... Read More

Baguio gets ‘safe travel’ stamp from world tourism body

BAGUIO CITY–The city has received a safe travels stamp certificate of compliance from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).“The Safe Travels Stamp is a specially designed stamp which will allow travelers to recognize governments and businesses... Read More

Gubat sa Ciudad Resort has no accreditation: DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has confirmed that Gubat sa Ciudad, a resort in Caloocan that was shut down for accepting guests while Metro Manila is still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), has no DOT accreditation.The erring resort went viral over the weekend... Read More

Luxury resort to open in Northern Samar

SAN VICENTE, Northern Samar – This town known for pink sand beaches takes pride in the opening of the first luxury resort in the Eastern Visayas region.The Sila Island Resort in this town will open its door to tourists and visitors wanting to experience a quality vacation in a luxury... Read More

DOT urges stricter waste management protocols in tourist sites

MANILA – Waste management protocols in tourist destinations must be strictly monitored and implemented even when most tourism activities are on a halt, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday.The DOT made the call following the coastal cleanup initiative of the DOT Region 11, dubbed... Read More