Travel and Tourism

Filipinos warned vs. carrying personal defense weapons to HK

MANILA-- FiIipinos visiting or transiting through Hong Kong are advised on Friday against bringing restricted items such as personal defense weapons after a Filipino student was detained by airport authorities for carrying extendable batons in his luggage.The Filipino student bound for Canada was... Read More

DOT backs Manila Bay rehab

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday expressed full support for the government's initiative to clean-up and revive the polluted Manila Bay by replicating the same rehabilitation strategy used in Boracay.In a statement, the agency noted that such efforts "are for the best interest of... Read More

2019 travel expo promises cheap tours, services

MANILA -- The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Wednesday invited Filipinos to its 2019 Travel Tour Expo (TTE), expected to gather more than 400 exhibitors that offer markdowns on travel packages and services to international and domestic destinations.TTE organizing committee... Read More

Manila Bay rehab gets backing of PTAA

MANILA -- An official of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) has expressed support for the government's plan to rehabilitate Manila Bay, a major fishing ground."Anything for the improvement of tourism, the PTAA would definitely support, especially if it's for the objective of... Read More

PAL eyes Tel Aviv route

MANILA --Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief executive officer, Jaime Bautista, said Tuesday the carrier eyes offering the Tel Aviv, Israel route."There's a clamor for it, and the (Philippine) government approached us and asked us to study having this route," he said during the launch of... Read More

Cavite: An emerging food destination south of Manila

KAWIT, Cavite – Cavite is gradually boosting the food and beverage industry on top of its manufacturing hub, leveraging its "most populous" status to high consumption in retail services as among the top drivers of the province’s economy.Given this direction, the Provincial Tourism and... Read More

Cebu Pacific continues expansion, expects new aircraft by Q1 2019

MANILA -- Local carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) continues its expansion, and is expecting the delivery of a new aircraft, its first A31NEO, by the first quarter of next year, the airline announced on Wednesday."Our latest aircraft, an A321CEO, was delivered over the weekend. We now have a total fleet of... Read More

Balangiga bells' return fuels historical curiosity in east Samar

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday said the return of the Balangiga Bells to Eastern Samar, 117 years after it was taken to the United States, will fuel curiosity among local and foreign tourists alike in the history of the region.“We, at DOT, are so happy for the people of... Read More

Quezon’s famous Borawan beach getaway island now energized

PADRE BURGOS, Quezon – Two island villages of Lipata and Tulay-Buhangin in this laidback and 4th class town in the Bondoc Peninsula are now energized, after electricity was brought here via submarine cables.Padre Burgos Mayor Roger A. Panganiban on Wednesday said local officials, townsfolk and... Read More

DOT launches 'Kain Na!' in Calabarzon

MANILA -- TheDepartment of Tourism (DOT) on Friday launched the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon) leg of the country's culinary tourism project, "Kain Na!" (Let's Eat!).Poised to introduce the specialties, as well as new dishes that mostly highlight the region’s rich coconut... Read More

Duty Free Philippines to go online by end of December

MANILA-- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is expected to go online by end of December 2018 as the state-owned corporation signed on Wednesday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with its first official online shopping service provider, Speed Regalo.Once the website is operational, customers... Read More

Let us travel up north!

ILOILO CITY -- If you wish to explore the myriad of natural attractions that remain undiscovered by many, Northern Luzon is your destination – what with its mountain ranges, valleys, white sand beaches, and captivating sights, not to mention the rich culture of its locals.IsabelaThis province... Read More

AirAsia PH eyes more upgrades, services for passengers

MANILA -- AirAsia Philippines is in the midst of enhancing digital offerings and looking for more ways to give passengers more convenience, its chief executive officer (CEO) said on Wednesday.In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said for... Read More

AirAsia PH to open more routes to China, Japan in 2019

MANILA -- AirAsia Philippines will open more routes to China and Japan in 2019, its chief executive officer, Dexter Comendador, said.In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday, Comendador bared that apart from adding flight frequencies in China and Korea, the airline will open... Read More

DOT accredits 13 new deaf tour guides

MANILA -- Thirteen new deaf tour guides, who underwent training in March, were accredited this month, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday.The accreditation was in line with the DOT's bid for a barrier-free tourism that also caters to the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs) traveling... Read More

AirAsia eyes Bohol-Panglao airport as 5th hub

MANILA —AirAsia Philippines will make the newly-opened Bohol-Panglao International Airport as its next hub.In an exclusive interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday, AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Dexter Comendador said he plans to make the country's first... Read More

CebuPac to go stricter on check-in baggage allowance

MANILA -- Local carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) will now be stricter in implementing the check-in baggage allowance, an executive told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday.This means that the carrier will monitor how many pieces of luggage a passenger will check in, based on the baggage weight... Read More

Israel offers aid to PH tour operators

MANILA-- Tel Aviv is ready to shoulder up to 50 percent of the advertising cost of Filipino tour operators who will promote and craft package tours to Israel."We don't have specific criteria. The only criteria is you should promote Israel. What we need is package, basically, Israel only, and that... Read More

Cruise tourism industry emerges in Ilocos

LAOAG CITY — Cruise tourism is emerging as a sunrise industry in Ilocos region, as the ports of Currimao and Omnico Resources Inc. in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, among others, become major ports of calls for international cruise ships.Travel operators in this region are looking forward to welcoming... Read More

Camiguin: A beach, trek, and lanzones paradise

MANILA -- Next to the inviting beaches and an adventurous trek to its Mt. Hibok-Hibok, lanzones is the craze in Camiguin during the “ber” months of the year.In its season, this pebble-like fruit hiding a sweet and tangy flesh inside is what you'll see everywhere in the small island -- as... Read More