Travel and Tourism

PH rallies support for UNWTO hosting bid

MANILA -- The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), rallied support from the members of the diplomatic corps in Manila on the country's bid to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in the Philippines.The call for support was made by... Read More

Tourists to enjoy Manila Bay beach walk soon

MANILA -- Tourists in the metropolis may soon indulge in awalk by the beach once the famous Manila Bay is officially opened to the public."The national government will build a 50-meter beach and water treatment facilities wherein the water coming from the inland will be cleaned once it lands to... Read More

DOT all-out support for Manila tourism development

MANILA-- Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the national government stands ready to assist the City of Manila in improving its tourism industry as she lauds the initiatives of Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso in cleaning the capital."For us, in any way that we can help the mayor, we... Read More

Creative hub for artists soon to rise in Intramuros

MANILA-- Filipinos who are in the creative industry will soon have their own hub inside the walled city of Intramuros as the Philippine government moves to establish the country's first "creative economy hub.""The creative economy hub, we will start it this year so as to further attract the youth to... Read More

No drop seen on Chinese tourist arrivals: DOT chief

MANILA-- No significant drop in the arrivals of Chinese tourists is seen as the Philippine government moves to augment the visa policy for China, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday.The remarks came after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that... Read More

Leyte town counts on springs to boost tourism

BURAUEN, Leyte – With extensive promotion and backing of experts, this town is off to a good start in its goal to market the area as the spring capital of Leyte.The local government has been consulting with industry experts on how to develop the town’s eco-tourism sites in a sustainable... Read More

Duty Free Philippines opens first supermarket inside airport

MANILA -- Passengers passing through Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be treated to a wide selection of products from chocolates, perfumes, apparel, home furnishing, wines and liquors, cigarettes, sporting goods – and even groceries.Duty Free Philippines (DFP) has... Read More

P410-M allotted to relocate informal settlers from Intramuros

MANILA— An official of the Intramuros Administration (IA) said on Wednesday a total of PHP410 million was allocated to relocate at least 500 informal settlers in the walled city.‘’There is now a program to address the informal settlers and the good thing is that there is budget... Read More

Korean Air warns vs. phishing scams using fake e-tickets

MANILA -- South Korean flag carrier Korean Air (KE) has warned customers against phishing scams using fake e-tickets.Seungwon Chung, KE Global Communications deputy general manager, confirmed with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday that the carrier has received a few complaints regarding... Read More

El Nido rehab sans closure still viable: DOT

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the rehabilitation of El Nido, Palawan is still possible without closing some of its beaches identified by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) with a high level of fecal coliform.In a letter dated July 15, the DILG asked... Read More

Sustainable tourism: Luring tourists, protecting nature's gems

MANILA -- The popular promotional slogan, It's More Fun in the Philippines, is given a deeper, refreshed sense through the Duterte administration's push for sustainable tourism to attract more tourists while protecting the country's natural wonders.Sustainable tourism is all about human assets and... Read More

Charter flights, stricter Boracay air travel rules hailed

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday welcomed the move of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to lift its moratorium on flights to Boracay and its issuance of new and stricter guidelines on the conduct of commercial air transportation serving the resort island.DOT Secretary... Read More

PH welcomes Palawan, Cebu, Boracay Travel + Leisure ranking

MANILA-- The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), on Tuesday, welcomed the inclusion of Palawan, Cebu, and Boracay among the popular destinations in the 2019 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.“This citation by a major publication validates our... Read More

Mindanao still a safe destination: DOT exec

MANILA -- Mindanao remains a safe place to visit, a tourism official said on Wednesday.Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III made this remark after President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned of “very dangerous times ahead” particularly in Sulu and Basilan... Read More

DOT ‘confident’ to take lead role in sustainable tourism

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) expressed confidence that it is ready to take a “lead role” when it comes to tourism sustainability by showcasing Boracay Island as its model.In an economic briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, DOT Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III... Read More

DOT gears up for Dive Expo in September

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is organizing the first Philippine International Dive Expo in Manila this September to sustain the development of the local scuba diving industry, as well as to position the Philippines as a premiere diving destination.DOT Assistant Secretary Roberto... Read More

Win tickets to Korea by joining Korean Air travel photo contest

MANILA --Make your way to Korea using your travel photos!South Korean flag carrier, Korean Air (KE), will launch its annual travel photo contest on July 12, with 65 winners out to receive flight tickets and a plaque.So Yeon Park, KE's Global Communication Team assistant manager, told the Philippine... Read More

DOT vows support for Manila's new tourism circuit plan

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday vowed support for City of Manila's bid to boost tourism following the introduction of the Manila tourism circuit plan initiated by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso."The Department of Tourism lauds the initiative of the City of... Read More

DOT records 3.4-M int’l tourists from Jan-May 2019

MANILA — For the first five months of 2019, a total of 3,489,270 tourists visited the Philippines, marking a 9.76 percent increase from last year’s figures, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).“The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January... Read More

Upgraded Ormoc Airport to boost tourism in northwest Leyte

ORMOC CITY, Leyte – The development of Ormoc City Airport is a big boost to the tourism sector of Northwest Leyte Tourism Corridor, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Monday.Access and connectivity are really crucial for the tourism sector in the northwestern part of Leyte and Biliran... Read More