Travel and Tourism

DavOr to promote local sites via grand tourism campaign

DAVAO CITY – The provincial government of Davao Oriental is gearing up to promote its tourism through a grand campaign dubbed "Davao Oriental Beautiful."In a statement on Sunday, Governor Corazon Malanyaon said the campaign is poised to promote the province as a premier tourist destination.At... Read More

DOT eyes PH travel hotline by end of 2022

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is planning to put up a tourism hotline that both local and foreign travelers can use when traveling around the Philippines.During the launch of the Travel Tour Expo 2023 on Friday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco disclosed that the "tourist... Read More

Airline to add more flights to Asean countries in September

MANILA — AirAsia Philippines announced Wednesday it is adding flight frequencies to three Asean countries starting September 17 as it reopens more routes amid more relaxed travel protocols.Flights between Manila and Bangkok, Thailand; Denpasar, Indonesia; and Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur,... Read More

Gov't-led job fair to help fill tourism labor shortage: DOT

MANILA – The government-led tourism job fairs, starting in September, will help address tourism labor shortages in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday.The department, together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), formally signed on August 30 the... Read More

DOT, DOLE to ink deal on tourism job fair

MANILA – A Philippine government-led tourism job fair is going to proceed with the upcoming signing of a memorandum of understanding this month, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.The DOT will sign the MOU with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Aug. 31, which will pave way for... Read More

PH, SoKor plan to resume talks on tourism cooperation

MANILA -- South Korea and the Philippines are planning to continue talks on the implementation of their 2019 agreement on tourism cooperation, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco and her Korean counterpart Second Vice-Minister of Culture, Sports and... Read More

APEC ministers discuss tourism recovery strategies

MANILA – The Philippines and other member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Friday discussed ways to spur the tourism industry's recovery following a two-year pandemic slump.Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Frasco told the 11th APEC Tourism Ministerial... Read More

Thailand keen on hiring Filipino hospitality workers: DOT

MANILA – The Thailand government is looking at Filipino workers to address its shortage of workforce in the accommodation industry, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.The DOT said Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn of Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) made a direct... Read More

PH ready to welcome international divers

MANILA – The Philippines on Friday staged its largest dive expo, reflecting its readiness to welcome more international tourists and divers after two years of closure due to Covid-19 restrictions.The Philippine International Dive Expo (Phidex) 2022, the country’s biggest platform to... Read More

DOT trains vendors in Virgin Island, Panglao

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has initiated a training program for vendors and service providers in Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol after the alleged overpricing of seafood on the island went viral recently."As committed by Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, the DOT on Wednesday... Read More

DOLE, DOT eye job fairs for hospitality sector in September

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) are looking to hold two-day job fairs in various parts of the country next month.Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said Wednesday the collaboration will help boost employment in the hospitality... Read More

DOT on US advisory: Measures in place for safe travel to PH

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday night told travelers that measures are in place to ensure their safety while visiting destinations across the Philippines.The statement came after the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed the country under... Read More

PH records 1.1M foreign tourists since February reopening

MANILA – The Philippines has recorded a total of 1.1 million foreign travelers since it reopened in February this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported late Friday.The latest figure as of August 7 surpassed the full-year arrivals in 2021 when borders were still closed to tourists and... Read More

PH travel mart 2022 set Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

MANILA – The Philippine Travel Mart (PTM), one of the country's longest-running travel exhibitions, will hold its 2022 edition starting Sept. 30.The expo, which will run until Oct. 2 at SMX Convention Center, will feature more than 200 exhibitors and promises accommodation, flights, as well... Read More

DOT eyes new slogan anchored on ‘elements unique to Filipinos’

MANILA – The Philippines is eyeing an "evolved" national tourism slogan, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco has revealed Wednesday.The country's current tagline "It's More Fun in the Philippines" was launched in 2012, replacing the previous WOW Philippines campaign.Frasco said the new branding... Read More

AirAsia PH to expand network, sees full recovery by 2023

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines on Tuesday said it will expand its network, while also seeing the airline's full recovery by 2023.To further widen its domestic reach, AirAsia is looking at Butuan and Tawi-Tawi via Zamboanga in Mindanao; Legazpi, Tuguegarao and Laoag in Luzon.It is also... Read More

DOT, DOTr in talks to improve PH air, sea ports

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to create a technical working group to further improve the country's air and sea ports.The creation of the group was approved during Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco’s meeting with... Read More

DOT to strengthen Filipino Brand of Service

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco bared Thursday the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s immediate plans to facilitate an interagency technical working group (TWG) which seeks to strengthen the capacity of micro-entrepreneurs such as food vendors to provide quality tourism... Read More

DOT, Bohol probe ‘overpriced' seafood in Virgin Island

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in touch with Bohol province over the alleged overpricing of seafood by vendors at Virgin Island in Panglao.In a statement Tuesday night, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said this is a matter that DOT "takes seriously especially as it concerns the... Read More

IA on skeleton workforce after Comelec building fire

MANILA – The Intramuros Administration (IA) will implement a skeleton workforce on Monday to ensure the safety of personnel and visitors following the fire that hit Palacio del Gobernador where its office is located.In a statement Sunday night, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the IA... Read More