Travel and Tourism

PH retains ‘emerging Muslim-friendly destination’ title

PH retains ‘emerging Muslim-friendly destination’ title

June 1, 2024, 6:00 pm

MANILA – The Philippines retained its title as an emerging Muslim-friendly destination for the second straight year, according to the latest citations released by Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2024. The citation for another Emerging Muslim-friendly non-Organisation… Read More

Leyte elderlies tapped for DOT's community tour guiding program

Leyte elderlies tapped for DOT's community tour guiding program

May 30, 2024, 3:10 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – Some 35 senior citizens from Tacloban City and nearby Palo town completed a community tour guide training program as part of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) goal to make tour guides inclusive of all sectors.  The seven-day training included topics on first aid, Filipino… Read More

La Union completes cultural mapping

La Union completes cultural mapping

May 29, 2024, 5:07 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – La Union has completed the validation of a total of 359 cultural elements in the province as part of the provincial government’s bid to promote heritage preservation. The list includes 111 elements in the natural heritage domain, 104 intangible cultural heritage, 71… Read More

Experience Northern Mindanao: A nature, cultural immersion

Experience Northern Mindanao: A nature, cultural immersion

May 29, 2024, 10:28 am

MANILA – Northern Mindanao is not only home to three of Southeast Asia’s most lush nature parks – Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Malindang, and Mt. Hibok-Hibok – but also to a vibrant culture and tradition that its indigenous groups have carefully preserved to this day. These diverse offerings were… Read More

DOT seeks unified ‘Love the Philippines’ branding

DOT seeks unified ‘Love the Philippines’ branding

May 27, 2024, 5:25 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for a unified and consistent presentation of the "Love the Philippines" tourism brand across various platforms and materials. During a gathering of tourism stakeholders at the Summit Hotel here Monday, DOT Assistant Secretary Gissela… Read More

International tourism reaches 97% of pre-virus levels in Q1

International tourism reaches 97% of pre-virus levels in Q1

May 21, 2024, 9:16 pm

ANKARA – International tourism reached 97 percent of its pre-pandemic level in the first quarter of this year, the UN Tourism said on Tuesday. More than 285 million tourists traveled internationally in January-March, rising 20 percent from the previous year, it said. While export revenues from… Read More

Bolinao town records 333K tourist arrivals from Jan-April 2024

Bolinao town records 333K tourist arrivals from Jan-April 2024

May 21, 2024, 8:39 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Bolinao Tourism Office has recorded 333,688 tourist arrivals from January to April this year, higher than the 276,439 during the same period in 2023, the Pangasinan Tourism Office said on Tuesday. Data show that most of the visitors, at 231,755, are day tourists,… Read More

Boracay as next go-to dive spot; hyperbaric center rising soon

Boracay as next go-to dive spot; hyperbaric center rising soon

May 21, 2024, 8:22 pm

MANILA – Sun and beach for the longest time has been Boracay Island’s crowd-puller that thousands of locals and foreigners are willing to travel just to experience its unmatched combination of fine white sands and calm waters. To date, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is ramping up efforts to… Read More

Puerto Princesa tourism stakeholders harmonize promotion efforts

Puerto Princesa tourism stakeholders harmonize promotion efforts

May 20, 2024, 8:48 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The city government is mobilizing the various community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) associations here to come up with their own strategies for promoting the diverse tourist attractions in their respective jurisdictions. In an interview on Monday, City Tourism… Read More

2nd Ibabao Festival seen to draw more tourists to Northern Samar

2nd Ibabao Festival seen to draw more tourists to Northern Samar

May 20, 2024, 2:44 pm

CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The provincial government here is upbeat about drawing more visitors to the province through the month-long celebration of 2nd Ibabao Festival, showcasing its culture, rich history, local products and tourism destination. Citing their experiences last year, Vice… Read More

DOT looking to breach 200K mark for tourists from UK

DOT looking to breach 200K mark for tourists from UK

May 17, 2024, 6:00 am

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at ways to attract more British visitors and elevate the United Kingdom (UK) as a "key tourism market" for the Philippines. Speaking at the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines' 2024 Travel Talks in Makati City on Thursday, DOT… Read More

Int'l cruise ship arrival in Legazpi City seen to boost tourism

Int'l cruise ship arrival in Legazpi City seen to boost tourism

May 16, 2024, 5:24 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The City Tourism Office here is expecting a boost in tourism and local economy with the arrival of an international cruise ship here on Thursday. In a phone interview, Cristina Agapita-Pacres, Legazpi City tourism officer, said the Hanseatic Spirit ship of Hapag Lloyd-Tui… Read More

Antiqueños urged to help preserve cultural, historical heritage

Antiqueños urged to help preserve cultural, historical heritage

May 16, 2024, 3:30 pm

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Antique Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (APTCAO) urged Antiqueños to help preserve and promote the rich cultural and historical heritage of the province. APTCAO head Juan Carlos Perlas, in his message during the opening of the Heritage Month… Read More

Sofitel closure ‘significant loss’ to PH tourism sector

Sofitel closure ‘significant loss’ to PH tourism sector

May 14, 2024, 6:27 pm

MANILA – The closure of the iconic Sofitel Philippine Plaza would be a “significant loss” to the country’s tourism sector, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday. The 48-year-old five-star hotel announced it will cease operations by July 1, citing safety reasons. In a meeting with… Read More

Albay town revives 'Pinangat' festival 

Albay town revives 'Pinangat' festival 

May 11, 2024, 5:34 pm

LEGAZPI CITY  – After four years of absence due to the pandemic and eruption threats of Mayon Volcano, the local government of Camalig in Albay province is gearing up for the comeback of its Pinangat festival. In a phone interview on Saturday, Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo Jr. said the town is… Read More

Marinduque tourism sector posts strong Q1 performance

Marinduque tourism sector posts strong Q1 performance

May 10, 2024, 6:32 pm

BOAC, Marinduque – The tourism and hospitality sector in this province received a much-needed boost in the first quarter of the current year when over 16,000 visitors came to experience its sights and sounds. In an interview on Friday, provincial tourism officer Rino Labay said this represents… Read More

Cebu Pacific to launch flights to Don Mueang in July

Cebu Pacific to launch flights to Don Mueang in July

May 9, 2024, 4:09 pm

MANILA – Air passengers heading to Thailand will have more options as low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced the launch of three weekly flights to Don Mueang starting July 16. "Bangkok remains one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, with its majestic pagodas, flavorful… Read More

DOT positions PH as Muslim-friendly destination at travel fair

DOT positions PH as Muslim-friendly destination at travel fair

May 7, 2024, 5:17 pm

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco has positioned the country as a Muslim-friendly destination through a "listening session" with tourism players from the Middle East. Frasco met with some 90 travel and tourism stakeholders from the Middle East market on the… Read More

Romblon’s Bonbon named 1 of world’s top 50 beaches

Romblon’s Bonbon named 1 of world’s top 50 beaches

May 6, 2024, 8:52 pm

MANILA – Romblon province’s Bonbon Beach has earned a spot in the prestigious 2024 World's Top 50 Beaches list, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has announced. Joining the province was another Mimaropa destination, the Entalula Island in El Nido, Palawan, placing fourth out of 50 and further… Read More

'Sky Pasada' reopens Laoag-Basco route

'Sky Pasada' reopens Laoag-Basco route

May 6, 2024, 8:52 pm

LAOAG CITY – Regional carrier Sky Pasada has reopened its hub at the Laoag International Airport with flights to Basco, Batanes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting this week. Government records showed the hub closed in 2003 due to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that… Read More