Travel and Tourism

More ‘balikbayans’ coming home to Cebu this Christmas

More ‘balikbayans’ coming home to Cebu this Christmas

December 16, 2022, 7:48 pm

CEBU CITY – More "balikbayans" or vacationing Filipinos are coming home to Cebu from the United States this holiday season, with passenger traffic almost nearing the pre-pandemic level, a US-based travel consolidator said on Friday. Peter Vazan, chief executive officer of Trevolution Group, said… Read More

Cebu airport eases security restrictions amid holiday rush

Cebu airport eases security restrictions amid holiday rush

December 16, 2022, 3:47 pm

CEBU CITY – Amid the Christmas holiday rush, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport will no longer require passengers departing for domestic flights to undergo initial security screening. Mary Ann Dimayabao, MCIA public affairs office manager, said screening for both carry-on and checked luggage… Read More

Tourism receipts balloon to P130.6-B

Tourism receipts balloon to P130.6-B

December 16, 2022, 8:16 am

MANILA – The country's tourist receipts have reached PHP130 billion while arrivals climbed to more than 2.39 million, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Thursday. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the easing of travel restrictions and health protocols had contributed to the high… Read More

Filipinos as travel ambassadors: Bisita Be My Guest launched

Filipinos as travel ambassadors: Bisita Be My Guest launched

December 15, 2022, 8:51 pm

MANILA — The Philippine government officially launched Thursday the Bisita Be My Guest (BBMG) program, incentivizing Filipinos who invite foreign tourists with travel discounts and a chance to win a condominium and free vacation trips. The campaign, which will run from January 2023 to April… Read More

Pagudpud tourist rest area seen to boost tourism, investment

Pagudpud tourist rest area seen to boost tourism, investment

December 12, 2022, 8:37 pm

LAOAG CITY – A modern two-story facility with clean restrooms, a lounge and information center for tourists as well as a trade center for locally-sourced products will soon rise at the Saud municipal beach park in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte province to entice more visitors to this northern gateway… Read More

Filipinos urged to visit visa-free, no-quarantine Taiwan

Filipinos urged to visit visa-free, no-quarantine Taiwan

December 11, 2022, 12:15 pm

MANILA – Filipino travelers are encouraged to explore Taiwan now that borders have been reopened to tourists. Taipei had further eased entry restrictions since October, allowing travelers to visit Taiwan by undergoing a "self-initiated prevention" instead of a quarantine. Travelers aged two… Read More

Japanese tourists invited to experience PH 'up close'

Japanese tourists invited to experience PH 'up close'

December 7, 2022, 8:21 pm

MANILA – Japanese tourists are encouraged to visit and experience the now fully opened Philippines. The government had been doubling efforts to attract more Japanese to the country, who had been its fourth top market prior to the pandemic. Arrivals from Japan reached 682,788 in 2019 but figures… Read More

Cebu Pacific lauds PH gov't efforts to simplify travel

Cebu Pacific lauds PH gov't efforts to simplify travel

December 6, 2022, 7:29 pm

MANILA – An executive of low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Tuesday lauded the government's efforts in simplifying travel protocols. "Looking back, we were using the One Health Pass (OHP), then it became simpler. We are seeing that requirements for the passengers are becoming simpler," said… Read More

PH woos tourists from Saudi Arabia

PH woos tourists from Saudi Arabia

December 6, 2022, 1:19 pm

MANILA – The Philippines seeks to woo more tourists from Saudi Arabia, the country's top Middle East market, as the Department of Tourism (DOT) moves to boost tourism cooperation with the Kingdom. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco met with key industry players in Saudi Arabia, including Vice… Read More

New eTravel system allows greater mobility, enhanced travel: DOT

New eTravel system allows greater mobility, enhanced travel: DOT

December 5, 2022, 4:54 pm

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco on Monday welcomed the launch of the eTravel system for returning Filipino residents and tourists, saying this allows for greater mobility and enhanced traveler experience. In a statement, Frasco said the agency has supported the removal of the One… Read More

PH hospitality, sustainable tourism highlighted at WTTC Summit 

PH hospitality, sustainable tourism highlighted at WTTC Summit 

December 5, 2022, 11:16 am

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco bannered the Filipino brand of service excellence at the recent 22nd World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit: Travel for a Better Future in Saudi Arabia. During the Global Leaders' Dialogue at the event held Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, Frasco… Read More

Solon seeks naming of Albay town as eco-tourism zone

Solon seeks naming of Albay town as eco-tourism zone

December 2, 2022, 8:19 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – A lawmaker in Albay province has filed a bill seeking the declaration of Jovellar town as an eco-tourism zone. In a social media post on Friday, Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Cabredo noted that House Bill No. 6016 is a re-filed proposed measure and was already… Read More

PH to train 100K hospitality workers in 2023: Frasco

PH to train 100K hospitality workers in 2023: Frasco

December 1, 2022, 4:42 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) targets to provide training for 100,000 more Filipino hospitality workers next year. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco made the announcement during the Global Leaders Dialogue of the 22nd World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Saudi Arabia as… Read More

PH voted anew as 'world's best' country destination

PH voted anew as 'world's best' country destination

December 1, 2022, 3:44 pm Updated on December 1, 2022, 4:50 pm

MANILA – The Philippines was voted anew as the "world's best country tourism destination" in the 2022 Uzakrota Global Travel Awards, cementing its position as a top-of-the-mind travel spot even during a pandemic. The country bested all other countries nominated with 721 votes, bagging the award… Read More

Tourist arrivals in Aurora reach 992K in 10 months

Tourist arrivals in Aurora reach 992K in 10 months

November 30, 2022, 5:57 pm

BALER, Aurora – Tourist arrivals in this province have reached more than 990,000 in a span of 10 months, with the number expected to further increase during the holiday season. Provincial tourism officer Ana Riza S. Mendoza said on Wednesday the number of foreign and local tourists that visited… Read More

Urban parks, open spaces to form part of PH tourism portfolio

Urban parks, open spaces to form part of PH tourism portfolio

November 24, 2022, 5:56 pm

MANILA – Developing urban parks and open spaces is one of the Philippines' priorities in diversifying its tourism portfolio for post-pandemic travel. In the first Philippine Parks Congress on Thursday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco expressed hope to see more parks in and outside Metro… Read More

Steak specialties hog limelight in Clark's gastronomic campaign

Steak specialties hog limelight in Clark's gastronomic campaign

November 23, 2022, 4:37 pm

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) launched on Wednesday its latest gastronomic adventure in a bid to promote this Freeport as a premier destination for culinary tourism. Dubbed “Clark Steaksperience," the campaign is in partnership with the Tourism Promotions… Read More

North Luzon tourism ‘weaves’ way to recovery via travel fair

North Luzon tourism ‘weaves’ way to recovery via travel fair

November 18, 2022, 5:31 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco on Friday said the tourism industry is on its way to recovery, particularly North Luzon as the country is ready to receive tourists and investors from all over the world. In her message during the launching of the 1st… Read More

PH among top Israeli tourist destinations - officials

PH among top Israeli tourist destinations - officials

November 18, 2022, 2:56 pm

MANILA – The Philippines has become one of the top tourist destinations for the Israeli people in the last few years with the latter enjoying the similarities in culture of both countries. “You'll see quite a number of Israeli tourists picking up very quickly, from youngsters to families. So,… Read More

Adjusted holidays to improve overall tourism experience: DOT

Adjusted holidays to improve overall tourism experience: DOT

November 17, 2022, 2:56 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday hailed the decision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to adjust the list of holidays and non-working days in 2023 to allow more long weekends that could lead to a robust tourism industry. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the… Read More