Travel and Tourism

DOT 'dismayed' over protocol violators; cites erring Davao resort

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday asked local government units (LGU) to remain vigilant against health protocol violators as it expressed dismay and "grave concern" over hotels and resorts that fail to follow the restrictions."The DOT calls on our local tourism offices and... Read More

Cebu airport’s new taxiway to boost aircraft capacity: Tugade

CEBU CITY – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday expressed optimism on the current developments at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) after leading the inauguration of the new PHP222-million taxiway at the country’s second-busiest air... Read More

RedDoorz eyes more hotels in areas with looser restrictions

MANILA – Budget-hotel booking platform RedDoorz Philippines is looking at doubling its accommodation offerings from 220 to at least 400 next year, with focus on destinations that have looser restrictions, its country manager Miguel Capistrano III said Thursday."Our leader right now is... Read More

PH to host WTTC Global Summit in October

MANILA – The Philippines was selected to host the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in October this year, which is seen to boost the country's MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions) sector.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomed the... Read More

Luzon's 1st int’l cruise ship terminal project right on track

LEGAZPI CITY– The long wait for the start of full-blast operations of the first international cruise ship terminal (ICST) in Luzon will soon be over.Construction works for the project are already 50 percent complete despite the restrictions being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force for... Read More

Wailing Wall e-notes from PH delivered to Israel

MANILA – Thousands of e-notes for the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, from Filipino pilgrims have been sent to Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism said Friday.The ministry started the "Western Wall e-note" initiative during the Lenten season for Filipinos who were not able to... Read More

Hold your travels plans until MECQ is lifted

MANILA – Non-essential travels to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan, collectively known as NCR Plus, is not yet allowed, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterated on Friday."Leisure travelers from the aforementioned region and... Read More

DOT: PH 'safety seal' addt'l proof of good housekeeping

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday urged all hotels and accredited tourism businesses to get a "safety seal" certification as additional proof that they observe health standards and good housekeeping amid the pandemic."Although it means you are already following the minimum... Read More

DOT optimistic travel advisories to PH only in for short time

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) vowed to do its part in ensuring all tourism sectors are observing necessary health protocols as a way of restoring travelers' confidence in the future as some foreign governments issue travel advisory to the Philippines.The statement came after the... Read More

33 more PH hotels get 'safe travels' stamp

MANILA – A total of 40 hotels in the Philippines have so far secured the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, indicating an increase in tourism establishments that have adopted global health standardized protocols.On Wednesday, the Department of Tourism awarded the stamp... Read More

El Nido still closed to tourists from NCR Plus

MANILA – The municipality of El Nido in Palawan which is famous for its white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, and other tourist hotspots has reopened its doors to local tourists, except for those from the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area.“Those from the NCR Plus bubble are... Read More

DOT lauds repurposed hotels for coronavirus fight

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is grateful for the hotel industry’s continued support in repurposing their accommodation establishments (AEs) into isolation and quarantine facilities.As of April 18, there are 21 hotels in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4-A... Read More

Israel set to open borders to vaccinated foreign tourists

MANILA – Israel is opening up its borders to foreign tourists who have been vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) starting next month.The Israel Ministry of Tourism said the initiative will begin on May 23, starting with a limited number of groups that will be increased based... Read More

Pagudpud beach listed among world's 'most beautiful'

MANILA – Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte was listed among the 25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World by New York-based travel magazine Travel+Leisure.In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) hailed the beach's inclusion, which is the only destination in the Philippines... Read More

New terminal building expands Bohol port’s passenger capacity

CEBU CITY– The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) are set to inaugurate on April 14 the second Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Port of Tagbilaran in the neighboring province of Bohol.The DOTr, in a statement on Tuesday, said the event will... Read More

Food and wine festival slated in Cebu

CEBU CITY – Cebu’s hospitality players have come together to stage the first-ever Cebu Food and Wine Festival (CFWF) to revive the pandemic-ravaged tourism and culinary industries of the island.Non-profit group Ministry of Wine and Food, created to organize the CFWF, said on Tuesday the... Read More

PH eyes use of IATA travel pass

MANILA – The Philippine government is considering the use of the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) travel pass as part of the country's preparations for the resumption of international travel amid the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday.“This move is... Read More

Probe underway on alleged 'super spreader' party in Boracay

MANILA – The local government of Malay has launched an investigation on a party that allegedly caused the recent spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Boracay, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday."The DOT commends the Municipal Government of Malay for its swift action... Read More

Hotels, airlines urged to help tourists affected by ECQ

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday asked all hotels, travel agencies, and airlines to assist tourists who made prior travel arrangements with them but were affected by the extension of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in National Capital Region Plus (NCR Plus) areas.The... Read More

PH, DOT nominated at 2021 World Travel Awards Asia Edition  

MANILA – The Philippines and the Department of Tourism (DOT) secure positions as nominees to the 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA), one of the most prestigious and comprehensive global recognition bodies that aims to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of... Read More