Travel and Tourism

Tarlac's 'Belenismo' pushes through amid Covid-19, typhoon damage

Tarlac's 'Belenismo' pushes through amid Covid-19, typhoon damage

November 24, 2020, 6:40 pm

MANILA – The famous 'Belenismo sa Tarlac' pushed through this year despite many difficulties encountered by the Tarlaquenos, including the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and the typhoons that destroyed the entries of various towns and organizations. The event that made the province… Read More

DOT chief touts cultural tourism in Baguio visit

DOT chief touts cultural tourism in Baguio visit

November 23, 2020, 2:06 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) touts cultural tourism in Baguio City as it remains optimistic that initiatives such as the Ibagíw Festival will sustain the treasured traditions and art forms of the city. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the DOT would continue to promote… Read More

Ilocos Sur ready to welcome visitors

Ilocos Sur ready to welcome visitors

November 21, 2020, 7:23 pm

ILOCOS SUR – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was among the first guests of Ilocos Sur as the province reopened to visitors, this time including those from Metro Manila. The tourism chief was the guest of honor in a ceremony that officially launched the expanded Ridge and Reef Travel… Read More

Siargao to reopen to tourists Nov. 23

Siargao to reopen to tourists Nov. 23

November 21, 2020, 1:30 pm

MANILA – The Philippines' surfing capital, Siargao Island, is reopening its shores to domestic tourists starting November 23, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Saturday. The reopening was also confirmed by Mayor Cecilia Ruson of the municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte through… Read More

Staycation hotels in NCR now at 13

Staycation hotels in NCR now at 13

November 19, 2020, 7:18 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday announced that three additional hotels have been allowed to operate for staycation in the National Capital Region, which remains under general community quarantine (GCQ), raising the total to 13. The following hotels have so far secured… Read More

PRC’s move to cut RT-PCR test cost to encourage domestic travel

PRC’s move to cut RT-PCR test cost to encourage domestic travel

November 19, 2020, 2:00 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday welcomed the Philippine Red Cross' (PRC) initiative to reduce the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing price to PHP3,300 as this could boost domestic travel despite the different quarantine measures in the country.… Read More

Cebu City eyes new tourism products to attract more visitors

Cebu City eyes new tourism products to attract more visitors

November 18, 2020, 3:50 pm

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) here has bared plans to offer new tourism products to travelers visiting the provincial capital. CCTC chairperson Jocelyn Pesquera on Wednesday said they will be developing coastal tours in the city, which is hoped to become a new tourist draw… Read More

Bantayan Island Airport to spur tourism in Cebu's north corridor

Bantayan Island Airport to spur tourism in Cebu's north corridor

November 12, 2020, 2:36 pm

CEBU CITY – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the commercial airport in Bantayan Island will stimulate the tourism industry in the northern corridor of the province.  Garcia, who presided the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting on Wednesday at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, said the… Read More

Be responsible, travelers told amid Bamboo Ecopark vandalism

Be responsible, travelers told amid Bamboo Ecopark vandalism

November 11, 2020, 10:38 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday reminded travelers to be responsible tourists after Baguio's Bamboo Ecopark was prompted to temporarily close due to vandalism. "The DOT appeals to all travelers looking to visit tourism destinations around the country that have already… Read More

Dino lauds Cebu airport’s 6-year development

Dino lauds Cebu airport’s 6-year development

November 10, 2020, 2:12 pm

CEBU CITY – The GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), the Filipino-Indian private consortium operating the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), has been commended for its crucial role in developing the aviation industry, six years since it took over the country’s second busiest air… Read More

Over 7K hotels, resorts allowed to operate since lockdown

Over 7K hotels, resorts allowed to operate since lockdown

November 10, 2020, 12:57 pm

MANILA – Around 7,200 hotels and resorts have so far been allowed to operate since the first community quarantine was imposed in the country signaling the sector's bid to gradually recover from the effects of the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Tuesday. The accommodation… Read More

Intramuros is Asia's leading tourist attraction: 2020 WTA

Intramuros is Asia's leading tourist attraction: 2020 WTA

November 5, 2020, 8:10 pm

MANILA – The historic walled city of Intramuros has emerged as Asia's leading tourist attraction in the 2020 World Travel Awards, besting such world-class landmarks as India’s Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. This is the second time the Philippine destination won the title after getting… Read More

DOT inks MOU on tourism education, training

DOT inks MOU on tourism education, training

November 5, 2020, 1:52 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday inked a memorandum of understanding that would integrate tourism skills training on junior and senior high school education. "Through the signing of this MOU, we can work towards the strengthening of industry-led education and training, which… Read More

Price cap on Covid-19 test to boost tourist confidence to travel

Price cap on Covid-19 test to boost tourist confidence to travel

November 4, 2020, 7:31 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic the price cap on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) test kits would further boost domestic tourists' confidence to travel to the reopened destinations across the Philippines. "With a standard cost for RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase… Read More

PH, DOT net accolades at 2020 World Travel Awards Asia

PH, DOT net accolades at 2020 World Travel Awards Asia

November 3, 2020, 10:51 am

MANILA – The 27th World Travel Awards recognized the Philippines as Asia's leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination in 2020. The award-giving body also declared the Department of Tourism (DOT) as this year’s leading tourist board in Asia, besting 11 nominated countries.… Read More

Travel PH app to keep tourists updated on open destinations

Travel PH app to keep tourists updated on open destinations

October 30, 2020, 8:56 pm

MANILA – The newly-launched Travel Philippines web application will keep tourists updated on the status of destinations that recently reopened, providing them one digital stop when planning leisure trips under the "new normal". The easy-to-use platform allows users to create itineraries, find… Read More

Palawan, Boracay listed among world's most beautiful places

Palawan, Boracay listed among world's most beautiful places

October 30, 2020, 5:13 pm

MANILA – Palawan and Boracay, two of the Philippines' famous destinations, were cited anew, this time as among the 50 "most beautiful places in the world" by Big Seven Travel. The global travel site ranked Palawan in eighth place, praising its "immaculate string of islands". "Palawan is a… Read More

Travel bubble in Palawan 'successful': DOT exec

Travel bubble in Palawan 'successful': DOT exec

October 28, 2020, 5:31 pm

MANILA – The pilot travel bubble in Palawan since July 2020 had been a "success", a ranking Department of Tourism (DOT) executive said, days before the island expands the program to more areas in El Nido. "(It is) successful as we are able to enter and exit Palawan having an assured feeling of… Read More

Avail of SB Corp's loan program, tourism biz urged

Avail of SB Corp's loan program, tourism biz urged

October 28, 2020, 1:31 pm

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat urged micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to avail of the CARES for Tourism Rehabilitation and Vitalization of Enterprises and Livelihood (CARES for TRAVEL) Program to help them sustain their businesses and keep… Read More

El Nido expands travel bubble starting Oct. 30: DOT

El Nido expands travel bubble starting Oct. 30: DOT

October 24, 2020, 3:28 pm

MANILA – El Nido is easing its travel restrictions to welcome more tourists starting October 30, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Saturday. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the provincial government of Palawan agreed to move on to the "second phase of El Nido's travel… Read More