Travel and Tourism

PH's Masungi Georeserve receives UNWTO recognition

MANILA -- The Masungi Georeserve in Rizal province has received an international recognition for its sustainable tourism practices at the annual World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Thursday.Masungi Georeserve was nominated last year as a global finalist for the... Read More

DOT trains Mandarin-speaking tour guides

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is training Filipino tour guides to further cater to the growing numbers of Chinese tourists in the Philippines, a ranking official bared Tuesday."We're already in the process of accepting applications for our Mandarin tour guide training. It's a month-long... Read More

Travel, tourism is PH largest sector in 2018: report

MANILA -- Travel and tourism was the Philippines' largest sector in 2018, having a 24.7-percent share in the nation's gross domestic product, according to a study by a global body that represents the private sector of travel and tourism."Travel & Tourism’s contribution to employment during... Read More

4.8M foreign tourists visit PH from January-July

MANILA-- The steady growth of Philippine tourist arrivals is evident with the 4,852,107 foreigners who visited the country from January to July 2019, a 12.36 percent growth from the same period last year, according to latest figures released by the Department of Tourism (DOT).Tourism chief... Read More

Korean beauty brands enter Duty Free PH

MANILA – A total of 31 Korean beauty brands offered cheaper than those sold in department stores are now available in Duty Free Philippines (DFP) outlets, the state-owned corporation announced Friday.“To date, we have about 31 K-Beauty brands, two of which are DFP exclusives,”... Read More

DOT, Emirates tie up to promote PH in Europe, Middle East

MANILA -- Dubai-based Emirates and the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday inked a memorandum of agreement that would promote the Philippines in the Middle East, Europe, and other markets being serviced by the Gulf carrier.Under the agreement, DOT and Emirates will jointly market promotions, do... Read More

CNN picks Vigan as one of Asia's most picturesque towns

MANILA -- Atlanta-based CNN has picked Vigan, Ilocos Sur as one of the "most beautiful towns" in Asia for its heritage and architecture dating back to Spanish colonial-era.In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the selection, agreeing that Vigan’s heritage and... Read More

Focus on uniqueness of places to harness tourism prospects

MANILA-- Developed cities lacking in the usual nature and heritage destinations can still harness the potential to attract tourists by focusing on its "unique characteristics" and products it can offer, a World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) official said on Wednesday."I think you got to look... Read More

PNP, DOT ink deal for safer tourist destinations

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further strengthen a partnership that ensures the safety and security of local and foreign tourists through the Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and... Read More

Luring tourists through Filipino food, flavors

MANILA -- Food native to the destination is already established as a key element in luring tourists. This is why the Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeking to accentuate attention on unique Filipino cuisine and the experience that goes along with it to attract more visitors to the country."Food... Read More

4 new declared PH destinations to get DOT support

MANILA -- The four declared tourist destinations in Nueva Ecija and Ilocos Sur are slated to receive significant attention and assistance on infrastructure, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured."It's written in the law that TIEZA should be actively helping the local... Read More

'Eats More Fun': DOT, Jollibee partner for food tourism promotion

MANILA -- Giving a twist to the country's tourism slogan, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and popular food brand Jollibee have partnered to promote the unique Filipino cuisines and flavors under the new "Eats More Fun in the Philippines" campaign.In an interview, Tourism Secretary Bernadette... Read More

Bangsamoro: A basin of undiscovered destinations

MANILA -- The newly-established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), composed of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, and Basilan, is not only a melting pot of diverse cultures but also a basin of unspoiled destinations the people have yet to discover.At the 30th... Read More

AirAsia offers exclusive seat sale for PH Travel Mart attendees

MANILA --From August 30 to September 1, AirAsia Philippines will be offering a seat sale exclusive for the attendees of the Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Visitors can score base fares as low as PHP790 for domestic routes, and as low as PHP1,690 for international... Read More

Mactan airport issues new policy on int’l terminal fee

CEBU CITY -- The management of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on Thursday announced that terminal fee for international passengers will be included in the airline tickets for international flights sold outside the airport.Avigael Ratcliffe, corporate communications junior manager of... Read More

GrabPH scooter rentals to start rolling in Intramuros

MANILA-- Tourists who want to experience a more personal yet convenient trip within Intramuros are in for a treat with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Grab Philippines eyeing the September 2019 launch date for the GrabWheels-- a scooter hailing service with the pilot area inside the famous... Read More

Samar’s Lulugayan Falls reopens doors to tourists

CALBIGA, Samar -- Residents living near Lulugayan Falls in this town are confident that the improvements done on their tourism asset will unlock economic opportunities in their community.On Tuesday, Lulugayan Falls was reopened to visitors with basic facilities meant for the convenience of tourists... Read More

Tourism office tells visitors to postpone travel to Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY -- The Ilocos Norte Tourism Office has advised all tourists to avoid traveling to the province’s major tourism destinations due to the inclement weather whipped up by Tropical Depression Jenny.“For the public’s safety, tourist spots like Kapurpurawan, Cape Bojeador... Read More

‘Suman’ big winner anew in Quezon’s 'Niyogyugan' Festival

MANILA --The municipality of Infanta emerged as the top seller in the agri-booth trade exhibit held as part of the just-concluded “Niyogyugan Festival” in the province of Quezon.Crisjohn Paul Paran, agricultural technologist in the province, said in an interview on Tuesday, that out of... Read More

Tawi-Tawi tours go on sale at PH travel mart

MANILA -- Curated tour packages around the Philippines, including to the tropical southernmost islands of Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao, will be put on sale at the 2019 Philippine Travel, which will open on Friday.In a press launch on Tuesday, Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) President Cesar... Read More