Travel and Tourism

PAL to relaunch Cebu-Bangkok route in December

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume flights between Bangkok, Thailand, and Cebu starting Dec. 9, over two years since it halted servicing the route. In an advisory on Thursday, PAL said twice weekly services (every Monday and Friday) would be offered. The flight from... Read More

DOT looks forward to resumption of Chinese travel to PH

MANILA – The Philippines looks forward to the resumption of Chinese leisure travel to the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday, indicating readiness to welcome the highly-coveted market.The statement came after the Chinese Embassy in Manila clarified that the Philippines is... Read More

1st 100 days: Bringing back tourism jobs; promoting PH beyond fun

MANILA – One hundred days into office, the Department of Tourism (DOT) under Secretary Christina Frasco has initiated measures to bring back tourism jobs while actively promoting the Philippines as a destination fully ready to welcome returning travelers.These efforts, Frasco said, are in... Read More

PH among 'friendliest countries'; Boracay named Asia's top island

MANILA – The Philippines was voted as one of the 10 friendliest countries in the world in the 2022 Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) Readers’ Choice Awards.Ranked by almost a quarter of a million CNT readers, the country also secured back-to-back wins as the luxury travel magazine named... Read More

PH travel mart packed on opening day

MANILA–Eagerness to travel among Filipinos was evident in the fully packed halls of SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on the opening of the three-day Philippine Travel Mart 2022 on Sept. 30.The event gathered more than 300 exhibitors, offering up to 50 percent discounts on airfare,... Read More

Cebu Pacific to ramp up VisMin network in Q4 2022

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Friday additional flights in the Visayas and Mindanao in the fourth quarter of 2022.A 35-percent increase in the carrier's non-Manila flight network is expected due to additional flights via Cebu and Davao hubs.First is the resumption of... Read More

Domestic tourists eager to travel: hotels group

MANILA – The Hotel Sales & Marketing Association (HSMA) is seeing an increased eagerness among domestic tourists to travel as reflected in the sales generated in its ongoing 2022 September Online Sale (SOS).Based on its data as of Sept. 27, SOS gross sales have reached PHP26.71 million... Read More

Public-private partnership crucial for infra dev't: PBBM

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday acknowledged the importance of public-private partnership in the delivery of crucial infrastructure developments in the country.In his speech during the grand opening of the Clark International Airport (CRK) new passenger... Read More

DOT chief vows to make sector 'better, stronger’

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reaffirmed its commitment to help revive the country's tourism industry and make it "better and stronger".In a statement issued Tuesday night, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the agency intends to drive a culture of tourism "that will engage... Read More

DOT chief urges US investors to visit PH

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco has laid out anew the country's "holistic and comprehensive" plan to revive its once vibrant tourism industry, telling the international business community in New York that the Philippines is a destination ready to welcome visitors.Joining the... Read More

China reopening a 'huge' contributor to PH tourism

MANILA -- An easing of China's border restrictions would mean a huge boost to the country's tourism industry given the Asian nation's place as a top travel market, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said.At present, China imposes various control and quarantine measures amid a... Read More

First PH tourism job fair offers 8K vacancies: DOT

MANILA – Over 8,000 job vacancies are available at the first government-led tourism job fair in Manila, Cebu, and Davao, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday.The staging of the Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso job fair, jointly organized by the DOT and the Department of Labor and Employment... Read More

Albay 'heritage town' adopts dev't strategies to boost tourism

LEGAZPI CITY – The local government unit (LGU) of Camalig is set to launch several projects that focus on the development of tourism infrastructure, promotional strategies, skills capability training, and Department of Tourism (DOT) accreditation of tourism-related establishments.Camalig Mayor... Read More

Tourism students in NegOr urged to protect the environment

DUMAGUETE CITY – A key official in Negros Oriental on Monday exhorted students taking up courses related to the tourism industry to protect the environment as it is a major source of livelihood for many.Myla Mae Abellana, head of the Provincial Tourism Unit (PTU), sounded her call to hundreds... Read More

Cebu Pacific eyes resumption of Kota Kinabalu flights in October

MANILA –Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) intends to resume its services between Manila and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, beginning Oct. 31. "We stopped operating (Kota Kinabalu route) in March 2020 due to the pandemic. We intend to resume operations on Oct. 31, twice weekly," CEB corporate... Read More

Nayong Pilipino marks 50th anniv in Nov.; park reopening pushed

MANILA -- The Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) is set to mark its 50th anniversary in November, with activities lined up to further promote Filipino culture and heritage.The foundation's golden anniversary would be marked with the launch of the exhibit "Mga Pamana ng mga Nayon" on November 4 and a... Read More

Tourism Month activities to hone students’ skills as front-liners

DUMAGUETE CITY – A partnership between the provincial government of Negros Oriental and the Tourism Educators Council of Negros Oriental and Siquijor (TECNOS) for World Tourism Day will provide students in this sector the venue to hone their skills as tourism front liners.Myla Mae Bromo... Read More

No walk-ins allowed for Korean visa application starting Sept. 15

MANILA – Walk-in applicants for Korean visas are no longer accepted starting Sept. 15 as the Korean Embassy in Manila implements an appointment policy.The embassy, in an advisory on Tuesday, said its online appointment system would be opened to applicants at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14."Since then, you... Read More

Baguio visitors warned of false accommodation ads

BAGUIO CITY – The City Tourism Office here has warned the public about engaging with unknown persons advertising “perfect” accommodation facilities on social media and advised visitors to contact their office for free assistance.Engr. Aloysius Mapalo, city tourism officer, on... Read More

DOT invites Singaporean businessmen to visit, invest in PH

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday urged Singaporean businessmen to visit and invest in the Philippines as it shares the country's initiatives to fast-track the tourism industry's recovery."The tourism industry of the Philippines is already on its way to recovery, with your... Read More