Travel and Tourism

PH raises over P100M sales leads in ASEAN tourism forum

PH raises over P100M sales leads in ASEAN tourism forum

February 13, 2023, 5:52 pm

MANILA – The Philippine delegation has raised over PHP100 million worth of sales leads during the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from Feb. 2 to 5. In a statement Monday, Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Maria Margarita Montemayor-Nograles said the… Read More

PH holds great potential to attract Japanese tourists: travel org

PH holds great potential to attract Japanese tourists: travel org

February 10, 2023, 7:47 pm

MANILA – Japanese stakeholders are bullish on Philippine tourism prospects, especially with a wide range of travel offerings. Takahashi Hiroyuki, chairperson of the Japanese Association of Travel Agents, said during a stakeholders’ meeting with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Tourism… Read More

1st cruise ship docks at Puerto Princesa seaport after 3 years

1st cruise ship docks at Puerto Princesa seaport after 3 years

February 9, 2023, 9:55 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – This city's tourism industry has received a major boost with the arrival of the first cruise ship in the country after three years due to the pandemic. Seabourn Encore docked at the Puerto Princesa City seaport on Thursday morning, signaling the return of cruise… Read More

DOT to further promote MICE to attract more Japanese visitors

DOT to further promote MICE to attract more Japanese visitors

February 9, 2023, 4:41 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is keen on further developing the exhibition and conference industry to increase the number of Japanese visitors to the Philippines. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, who is in Japan with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., said Japan is an… Read More

Gateways most essential parts of tourism recovery from pandemic

Gateways most essential parts of tourism recovery from pandemic

February 4, 2023, 7:47 pm

MANILA – The Philippines has expressed its “full support” behind the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve accessibility among its member states. Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, who represented the Philippines at the 26th ASEAN Tourism… Read More

Mactan int'l airport’s new fuel system to boost Cebu air traffic

Mactan int'l airport’s new fuel system to boost Cebu air traffic

February 4, 2023, 11:34 am

CEBU CITY – The installation of a fuel hydrant system (FHS) at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will speed up aircraft turnaround and increase air traffic in Cebu, an official said on Saturday. The new system for delivering fuel to the aircraft will help position the province as the… Read More

Filipinos among most ‘favored tourists’ in Taiwan

Filipinos among most ‘favored tourists’ in Taiwan

February 4, 2023, 8:30 am

MANILA – Filipinos are among the most favored visitors in Taiwan because they are not frugal spenders when traveling, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila said Friday. TECO Representative Peiyung Hsu made the statement as he invited more Filipinos to visit Taiwan and take… Read More

Taiwan to evaluate visa-free extension for PH

Taiwan to evaluate visa-free extension for PH

February 3, 2023, 4:54 pm

MANILA –Taiwan is set to reevaluate its visa-free entry privilege for Philippine passport holders as the program expires on July 31, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila said Friday. The visa-exempt entry scheme for Filipinos resumed on Sept. 29, 2022 and will be in place… Read More

PTAA opens 3-day travel expo

PTAA opens 3-day travel expo

February 3, 2023, 4:18 pm

MANILA – The three-day Travel Tour Expo (TTE) formally opened on Friday, with hopes to attract more locals and foreigners to tour around the country with affordable travel deals and packages. The expo, organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), targets at least 80,000… Read More

Legazpi tourist arrivals up almost 200% in 2022

Legazpi tourist arrivals up almost 200% in 2022

February 1, 2023, 6:18 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – After more than two years of lockdowns and implementation of health and safety protocols by the government against Covid-19 that heavily affected the business and tourism sectors, arrivals of both foreign and domestic visitors in this city increased by almost two hundred percent… Read More

DOT affirms support to PH Dev’t Plan 2023-2028

DOT affirms support to PH Dev’t Plan 2023-2028

January 31, 2023, 7:38 pm

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco affirmed the Department of Tourism's (DOT) commitment to take an active role in realizing the socioeconomic policies, strategies, and programs enclosed in the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 of the Marcos administration. "While the tourism… Read More

Chinese tourists to fuel global econ recovery, cultural exchange

Chinese tourists to fuel global econ recovery, cultural exchange

January 26, 2023, 6:04 pm Updated on January 26, 2023, 6:14 pm

BEIJING – "We cannot wait to have the Chinese back in our restaurants. We missed it so much," said Alix Pickard, a senior manager of a British restaurant corporation. China relaxed its outbound travel restrictions amid its recent overall Covid-19 response shift. Officials and tourism… Read More

Cebu City to hold foreign cultural festivals to boost tourism

Cebu City to hold foreign cultural festivals to boost tourism

January 25, 2023, 12:59 pm

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City government will hold cultural festivals celebrated in different countries to boost tourism in line with the full reopening of the economy amid Covid-19, an official said on Wednesday. Lawyer Jocelyn Pesquera, Cebu City Tourism Commission chief, said this year's planned… Read More

Travel deals, marked-down airfares up for grabs at PTAA expo

Travel deals, marked-down airfares up for grabs at PTAA expo

January 25, 2023, 8:31 am

MANILA – As much as 70 percent discount on airfares and travel packages are expected at the 2023 Travel Tour Expo (TTE) happening at the SMX Convention Center Manila on Feb. 3. In a press launch Tuesday, the event organizer Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said the staging of TTE… Read More

Rosy prospects for tourism as Chinese travelers return to PH

Rosy prospects for tourism as Chinese travelers return to PH

January 24, 2023, 9:58 pm

MANILA – The Philippines on Tuesday welcomed a planeload of Chinese travelers after China finally eases its restriction for outbound travel. About 190 visitors from Xiamen arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 via Xiamen Airlines flight MF819. With China contributing to… Read More

'Revenge tourism' providing huge boost to PH economy: BSP

'Revenge tourism' providing huge boost to PH economy: BSP

January 23, 2023, 7:11 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is optimistic about continuous economic recovery with the current upward trend in "revenge tourism." "Masaya ako ngayon with revenge tourism. People want to travel, gumagastos ang mga tao, namimili sa… Read More

Int’l tourism makes 63% of pre-virus level in 2022

Int’l tourism makes 63% of pre-virus level in 2022

January 19, 2023, 7:29 pm

ANKARA – International tourism made 63 percent of its pre-virus level in 2022 despite doubling from a year ago, according to the UN tourism agency. A total of 917 million tourists traveled internationally last year, up 101.6 percent from the previous year, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)… Read More

PH's biggest passenger port terminal nears completion

PH's biggest passenger port terminal nears completion

January 17, 2023, 7:43 pm

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The country's biggest passenger terminal building (PTB) of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Barangay San Antonio here is now 98 percent complete and will start operating next month, an official of the Philippine Ports Authority-Port Management Office… Read More

Cebu airport welcomes maiden flight from Taiwan

Cebu airport welcomes maiden flight from Taiwan

January 17, 2023, 7:33 pm

CEBU CITY – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on Tuesday officially welcomed the inaugural flight from Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan. Executives from the GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), along with the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA)… Read More

DOT to deploy 'tourist cops' in Bicol

DOT to deploy 'tourist cops' in Bicol

January 15, 2023, 4:39 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) will soon deploy "tourist cops" in the different local government units (LGUs) as it activates its Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOPCOP) program. On Sunday, Herbie Aguas, DOT-5 director, said the creation and… Read More