Travel and Tourism

Heaven on earth: Palawan most desirable island in UK travel award

MANILA – Palawan continues to reap world recognition, this time as the most desirable island by the 21st Wanderlust Travel Award in the United Kingdom."The scenery here is heaven on earth with sparkling waters and white sand beaches. One of the most photographed sites is Kayangan, a dazzling... Read More

Int'l travelers to PH reach nearly 2M

MANILA – The Philippines has received a total of 1,961,087 foreign visitors as of Nov. 8, the highest arrival figure since the onset of the pandemic.Latest data from the Department of Tourism showed that this year's top markets– the United States, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the... Read More

Outlook for Philippine tourism positive: DOT chief

LONDON, United Kingdom – The Philippines is ready to receive more tourists as the outlook for Philippine tourism remains positive, with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. making it a priority of his administration.Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Frasco addressed tourism... Read More

Visitor arrivals in Legazpi City up 200% from last year

LEGAZPI CITY – As the restrictions being brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to ease up, arrivals of both domestic and foreign visitors in this city already increased by over 200 percent compared to the same period of January to September last year.The Legazpi City Tourism Office... Read More

DOT chief leads PH contingent to World Travel Market

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco is leading the Philippine contingent to the World Travel Market (WTM) in London from Nov. 7-9.In a news release Monday, the DOT said Frasco engaged in a dialogue over the weekend some 60 representatives of the Filipino community in the United Kingdom... Read More

DOT launches 'fiesta' to promote Bicol's tourism industry

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) launched a fair on Friday, showcasing the different cultures, arts, and delicacies of the six provinces of the region to promote and revive the area's tourism industry.Dubbed "Fiesta Bicolandia 2022", the event also features the various... Read More

New tourist hubs in southern Sagada now open

BAGUIO CITY – Tourists in Sagada, Mountain Province will have new places to visit and enjoy after community members gave the green light to the opening of the villages for organized tours.“Marami pang destination at kasama natin ang community sa pagbubukas at pag-welcome ng mga bisita... Read More

Luistro to promote Batangas dive sites in US convention

MANILA – A lawmaker has joined a delegation headed by representatives from the Philippine Department of Tourism-New York (PDOT-NY) and Tourism Promotions Board in gracing the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Show 2022 in the USA to promote her province's diving... Read More

AirSwift relaunches Clark-El Nido flights

CLARK, Pampanga – AirSWIFT Transport Inc. re-launched on Thursday its three-times weekly Clark-El Nido and vice versa flight, boosting the tourism industry in both destinations.AirSWIFT chief operating officer Fely Anne Salvador, during its maiden flight, thanked Luzon International Premier... Read More

PAL to launch Baguio-Cebu services on Dec. 16

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Wednesday it will launch services between Baguio and Cebu beginning Dec. 16."This will be PAL's comeback to the very first destination (it) served nearly 82 years ago, so we are happy to be flying back to where it all started,”... Read More

Baler readies for influx of tourists this 'Undas', Christmas

BALER, Aurora – The municipal tourism office here has expressed its readiness for the influx of tourists, especially this coming "Undas" and the holiday season.Riza del Rosario, chief of the Baler municipal tourism office, said in an interview on Tuesday that traditionally, residents-students,... Read More

Swiss embassy launches Manila ‘antenna' of travel, tourism

MANILA – The Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines on Monday launched a tourism program that aims to strengthen the European nation’s ties with the Philippines toward innovation and sustainability through travel.In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Switzerland... Read More

'Great interest' in PH yields P172-M PHITEX sales

MANILA – The ongoing Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2002 has generated a record-breaking PHP172.6 million in bookings, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Saturday.The amount was based on the initial submission of negotiated sales of Philippine sellers physically present at the event... Read More

Duty Free, DTI launch 'Special Bagsakan' for OFWs

MANILA – State-owned Duty Free Philippines Corp. (DFPC), in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), recently launched the Fiesta Corner featuring DTI’s Bagsakan Program at the Duty Free Fiestamall store.This joint venture aims to welcome “balikbayans”... Read More

One Health Pass replaced with 'simpler' system: DOT

MANILA – Entering the Philippines would now be more convenient as the government replaced the One Health Pass (OHP) with the much simpler eArrival card, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the introduction of the eArrival card fulfills part of... Read More

PH mulls lifting 'stringent’ protocols by year-end

MANILA – The Philippine government is considering lifting "stringent restrictions" by end of 2022 in a bid to attract more travelers to the country, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said Wednesday.Speaking before the foreign buyers present at the 2022 Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), the... Read More

PHITEX offers 'overwintering' tours for foreigners

MANILA – The 2022 Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), the third one held during a pandemic, kicked off Wednesday, renewing optimism on more business and leisure travels into the country.PHITEX 2022 is the largest government-led business-to-business (B2B) travel trade event and is expected to... Read More

'Philippine Experience' project to draw more tourists starts soon

MANILA -- A tourism project that would highlight the Philippines' heritage and culture to increase travel among Filipinos and foreign visitors is set to be launched soon.The program called the Philippine Experience would involve the development of caravans featuring culture, heritage, and arts... Read More

Siargao a priority for tourism dev't: DOT chief

SIARGAO ISLAND – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Frasco formally lauded the start of tourism recovery of Siargao Island during the opening ceremony of the 26th Siargao International Surfing Cup over the weekend.“The resumption of this International Surfing Cup is not only... Read More

PH boat joins Indonesian fluvial parade

MANILA – A Filipino boat was among the hundreds of vessels that joined the Lembeh Strait Festival in North Sulawesi, Indonesia last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) shared Saturday.The event held in Bitung sought to boost the city's tourism and is one of 110 national events... Read More