Travel and Tourism

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

Korean Air to launch Incheon-Clark route in October

MANILA -- South Korean flag carrier Korean Air (KE) will launch Incheon-Clark flights, its new southeast Asian route, in October.Seven weekly flights between Clark, Philippines, and Incheon, Korea, will start by end of October, the carrier announced on Wednesday.KE cited that Clark is a popular... Read More

Avail of Taiwan travel deals at expo, Filipinos told

MANILA -- Filipinos are urged to take advantage of the recently announced extension of the Taiwan visa-free entry for the Philippines until 2020 and avail of travel deals at the July 4 Travel Madness Expo (TME) at the SMX Convention Center in Manila.According to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office... Read More

P25-B action plan underway to sustain Boracay gains

MANILA-- Malacanang's approval of the PHP25-billion Boracay Action Plan (BAP) signifies the Duterte administration's commitment to sustain the gains from the island's initial six-month closure, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Tuesday."The Department of Tourism wholeheartedly... Read More

Duty Free rewards program seeks to attract more manning agencies

MANILA -- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) targets to double its accredited manning agencies to attract more seafarers, with its rewards program in all participating Duty Free outlets and stores nationwide by 2020.To date, seafarers from 20 DFPC-accredited manning agencies enjoy perks... Read More

Dive tourism, the next big thing in Camiguin

CAMIGUIN, Northern Mindanao -- Keen on attracting the growing dive tourism market, the first-ever dive festival in the south has been launched in Camiguin, the northern tip of Mindanao, indicating the province and the region's readiness to accommodate divers.Bo Mancao, a Cebu-based international... Read More

Asean members urged to put up terminals for low-cost carriers

CEBU CITY -- To attract low-cost carriers (LCC) to their respective airports, member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are urged to set up terminals dedicated to these carriers.AirAsia Philippines’ Government Policy and Asean Group head Desiree Bandal said Tuesday... Read More

Drawing Filipinos anew to Taiwan via new tourism campaign

MANILA-- Taiwan is seeking to attract thousands of Filipino tourists to the Taiwanese capital as it launched the "Undiscovered Taipei" tourism campaign in Manila Friday.Director Jerry Chuang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila cited a "very dramatic increase" in Filipino... Read More

‘Faith tourism’ grows in Ilocos Norte town

LAOAG CITY—A lowly-church located at the heart of Badoc town continues to attract pilgrims all over the world a year after it was declared a minor basilica.A 77-year-old tourism ambassador Ana Magbual of Alogoog village in Badoc, Ilocos Norte said Friday an average of around thousand pilgrims... Read More

Visita Intramuros: Reintroducing Manila's tourism belt

MANILA -- The Manila Hotel, in partnership with the Intramuros Administration, has pilot-tested the Visita Intramuros, a tour of the famous walled city, coinciding with the 121st Philippine Independence Day on Wednesday to reintroduce the place and prominent sites around it as part of Manila's... Read More

Foreign tourist arrivals in April up 12.15% to 663K

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday reported an increase in the tourist arrivals for April 2019 by 12.15 percent compared to the same period in 2018."International tourist arrivals in April 2019 reached 662,987, registering a 12.15 percent growth vis-a-vis 591,137 received last... Read More

PH bids to host 2021 UN tourism summit

MANILA -- The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism, has expressed interest in hosting the next United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2021.“The Philippines is excited to host the UNWTO General Assembly in 2021, primarily to showcase the... Read More

Tourism input to PH GDP rises to 12.7%; creates 5.4M jobs in 2018

MANILA -- The tourism industry’s contribution to the economy reached another milestone in 2018 as it increased to 12.7 percent of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 0.5% higher than in 2017, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on June... Read More

Duty Free ready to accommodate growing arrivals with new outlet

MANILA -- With its newly-opened outlet in Manila, the Duty-Free Philippines (DFP) is confident it can accommodate the anticipated influx of tourists as growth in arrivals continued to manifest annually.The new outlet, officially launched in June last year, sits between the exits of the arrival area... Read More

Biliran’s Higatangan Island offers new attractions

NAVAL, Biliran -- The local government took advantage of the Higatangan Island Summer Festival to promote other tourism assets of the island.On its third year, the recent Higatangan Island Summer Festival has introduced new attractions and activities for tourists to enjoy more their two-day stay on... Read More

Extended TIEZA tax perks to create 160K jobs, P222-B investments

MANILA -- The 10-year extension of tax perks for tourism enterprise zones (TEZs) is seen to generate more than 160,000 jobs and at least PHP222 billion in capital investments, following the signing into law of Republic Act 11262. “Now that the sunset provision has been finally extended until... Read More