Travel and Tourism

Nat'l gov't inspects protocol compliance of hotels, restos in NCR

Nat'l gov't inspects protocol compliance of hotels, restos in NCR

July 1, 2020, 8:01 pm

MANILA – Government officials visited on Wednesday two hotels and restaurants in a mall in Pasig City to inspect whether health and safety protocols against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are being implemented. Although contactless transactions may still be further improved, Tourism chief… Read More

Domestic travel to drive recovery of tourism industry

Domestic travel to drive recovery of tourism industry

June 29, 2020, 1:56 pm

MANILA – Domestic travel will lead the recovery of the country’s tourism industry with Filipino travelers expecting to go to destinations closer to home and spending less amid lingering health concerns caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. This is the gist of the results… Read More

 DOT welcomes reactivation of tourist cops

DOT welcomes reactivation of tourist cops

June 27, 2020, 10:46 am

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat hailed on Friday the reactivation of the tourist police units, saying it would hasten the tourism industry’s recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Puyat’s statement came after Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief,… Read More

DOT, Palawan to discuss protocols for tourism reopening

DOT, Palawan to discuss protocols for tourism reopening

June 26, 2020, 4:49 pm

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is flying to Palawan next week to discuss with the local government protocols for its eventual reopening for tourists.  "Next week, pupunta po ako sa Palawan. Under MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) na sila.… Read More

Tourism industry hikes share in GDP to 13%

Tourism industry hikes share in GDP to 13%

June 22, 2020, 9:22 am

MANILA – The tourism industry increased its contribution to the country's economy to almost 13 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) last year, according to government statistics. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this confirms the industry’s vital role in the country’s… Read More

Duty Free Philippines not closing provincial outlets

Duty Free Philippines not closing provincial outlets

June 21, 2020, 11:54 am

MANILA – The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) has cancelled its plan to permanently close its provincial airport stores as a response to the coronavirus' impact on travel retail. "With the shift to GCQ (general community quarantine) which eased most travel restrictions and reopened air… Read More

Cagsawa Ruins to reopen after 3-month closure

Cagsawa Ruins to reopen after 3-month closure

June 17, 2020, 10:37 am

DARAGA, Albay – Cagsawa Ruins, a famous tourist spot in Daraga, will reopen its doors on June 20 after three months of closure due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis. Daraga Mayor Victor Perete told the Philippine News Agency in an interview on Tuesday that visitors will… Read More

Safety, consumer confidence priority under new tourism normal

Safety, consumer confidence priority under new tourism normal

June 13, 2020, 8:41 am

MANILA – The country's tourism industry is bound to bounce back and once it does, the public is assured that the government will put safety before actual tourism resumption, a Department of Tourism (DOT) executive said Friday. "The very core of tourism has been affected by the pandemic. The best… Read More

Tax incentives for tourism firms approved: DOT

Tax incentives for tourism firms approved: DOT

June 10, 2020, 8:50 pm

MANILA – The Board of Investments (BOI) has recently approved tax incentives for tourism enterprises that shall modernize and upgrade their facilities for safety and health purposes, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Wednesday. The tax relief includes income tax holiday for three… Read More

PH looks at 'travel bubble' once tourism resumes

PH looks at 'travel bubble' once tourism resumes

June 10, 2020, 8:42 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at introducing travel corridors or the so-called "travel bubble" once restrictions have relaxed and protocols are in place. These corridors would allow the reopening of Philippine destinations with zero coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases… Read More

DOT issues protocols for tourist land transport

DOT issues protocols for tourist land transport

June 10, 2020, 5:51 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued the New Normal Health and Safety Guidelines for Tourist Land Transport Services covering transport operators/owners, passengers, vehicles, and drivers. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat signed Memorandum Circular No. 2020-003 on June… Read More

DOT welcomes PH 'rising stars in travel' citation by Forbes.com

DOT welcomes PH 'rising stars in travel' citation by Forbes.com

June 6, 2020, 10:48 am

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the latest tourism-related distinction received by the country, having been recently named as one of the “Rising Stars in Travel” by Forbes.com, the website of the American business and financial news publication. In a recently published… Read More

MGCQ destinations want late resumption of tourism activities

MGCQ destinations want late resumption of tourism activities

June 2, 2020, 9:50 pm

MANILA – Most tourist destinations that already shifted to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are still hesitant to resume tourism activities, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat disclosed Tuesday. Among these are Bohol and Baguio, which seek to postpone leisure activities by… Read More

DOT, attached agencies promote digital tourism

DOT, attached agencies promote digital tourism

June 2, 2020, 9:21 pm

MANILA – With the hampered travel movement brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic situation, work and play are inevitably done online.  The evolving crisis and in anticipation of other challenges, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agencies are making… Read More

DOT welcomes resumption of tourism ops in MGCQ areas

DOT welcomes resumption of tourism ops in MGCQ areas

May 30, 2020, 6:14 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday welcomed the resumption of travel and other activities in places under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), hoping this could pave the eventual recovery of the tourism sector “It's important for the tourism sector to open as soon as… Read More

DOT assists 84 stranded tourists in Eastern Visayas

DOT assists 84 stranded tourists in Eastern Visayas

May 27, 2020, 2:56 pm

MANILA – At least 84 domestic tourists stranded in Eastern Visayas since March have returned to their respective homes with the assistance of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and local government units. The four buses left Palo, Leyte shortly before 6 p.m. Friday last week for the 24-hour journey… Read More

'New normal' guidelines for hotels, similar establishments issued

'New normal' guidelines for hotels, similar establishments issued

May 26, 2020, 6:18 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism has issued "new normal" guidelines for accommodation establishments (AEs) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Released on May 25, the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments covers the operations… Read More

DOT assists over 35K tourists amid pandemic

DOT assists over 35K tourists amid pandemic

May 22, 2020, 7:35 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) commits to sustain the Filipino brand of hospitality and service to stranded tourists amid the community quarantine brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. This, after stranded foreign tourists and their respective embassies… Read More

PH prepares to revive domestic tourism under strict protocols

PH prepares to revive domestic tourism under strict protocols

May 21, 2020, 10:31 am

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is preparing for the revival and reopening of tourism in the country once areas are classified under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). During the hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole on the Impact of Covid 19, Tourism Sec.… Read More

Tourism industry will recover: experts

Tourism industry will recover: experts

May 19, 2020, 9:23 pm

MANILA – The tourism industry will recover amid the uncertainty brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.  This is the consensus of tourism experts tapped by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) in partnership with the World… Read More