Travel and Tourism

DOT’s dive expo goes digital in October

DOT’s dive expo goes digital in October

September 6, 2020, 12:49 pm

MANILA – The Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) is launching its 2nd edition through a digital platform from October 9 to 11, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Saturday. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the PHIDEX aims to bring more dive… Read More

PH preps activation of domestic tourism circuits

PH preps activation of domestic tourism circuits

September 5, 2020, 1:29 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday began identifying possible tourism circuits that could be activated under the new normal.  "The various regional offices of the department have identified several tourism circuits that can be activated in light of the new normal. These… Read More

Japan magazine cites PH as No.1 int'l diving site

Japan magazine cites PH as No.1 int'l diving site

September 4, 2020, 8:59 pm

CEBU CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the Philippines was No. 1 for the first time in the overseas diving category at the Marine Diving Awards 2020 held recently in Tokyo. This, as Japan-based Marine Diving Magazine cited the islands of Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Cebu… Read More

Centuries-old church in Ilocos Norte declared a 'diocesan shrine'

Centuries-old church in Ilocos Norte declared a 'diocesan shrine'

September 4, 2020, 3:55 pm

LAOAG CITY – The Diocese of Laoag is elevating the centuries-old San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte as a "diocesan shrine" in time for the feast of the town’s patron saint on September 10. Featuring a baroque facade and bearing the Spanish coat of arms, the San… Read More

DOT W. Visayas food expo to showcase Antique’s local cuisines

DOT W. Visayas food expo to showcase Antique’s local cuisines

September 4, 2020, 2:27 pm

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Famous local cuisines in this province will be featured during the Department of Tourism (DOT) Western Visayas Kaon Ta! (Let’s Eat!) to be held next week. DOT accredited resource person for Kulinarya training, Antiqueño chef Jose Ramlo Villaluna, in an… Read More

DOT hails Lonely Planet mention of 3 top PH dive sites

DOT hails Lonely Planet mention of 3 top PH dive sites

September 3, 2020, 10:31 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the mention of multiple Philippine dive sites in the Lonely Planet's article entitled "6 national parks around the world with surprisingly spectacular diving". "This citation from the largest travel guide book publisher, Lonely Planet, is… Read More

DOT eyes to expand Baguio’s travel bubble plan across PH

DOT eyes to expand Baguio’s travel bubble plan across PH

September 2, 2020, 9:30 pm

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) threw its full support behind the Ridge to Reef Corridor Plan, one of the key strategies being explored to ensure Baguio City's gradual and safe reopening to tourists from nearby provinces within the year. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat… Read More

Ilocos Norte braces for reopening of tourism sites

Ilocos Norte braces for reopening of tourism sites

September 2, 2020, 1:05 pm

LAOAG CITY – The province of Ilocos Norte is getting ready to reopen its doors to tourists from nearby provinces but in a highly regulated manner. Aianree Raquel, provincial tourism officer of Ilocos Norte, said in a phone interview on Wednesday that Baguio City, La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos… Read More

Cebu's fishing town reopens tourism industry amid pandemic

Cebu's fishing town reopens tourism industry amid pandemic

September 1, 2020, 9:35 pm

CORDOVA, Cebu – The tourism industry in this fishing town on Mactan Island has reopened, joining other municipalities in Cebu that have slowly resumed tourism activities.  Mayor Maria Theresa Sitoy-Cho on Monday said Cordova has already prepared for a "better normal" setup in carrying out its… Read More

Swab test available but not mandatory at Cebu airport

Swab test available but not mandatory at Cebu airport

August 31, 2020, 7:34 pm

CEBU CITY – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has announced that its dedicated coronavirus disease or Covid-19 RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) testing facility is now available for departing passengers. The GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) however,… Read More

Lapu-Lapu City to promote Olango Islands' seaweed ecotourism

Lapu-Lapu City to promote Olango Islands' seaweed ecotourism

August 29, 2020, 2:47 pm

LAPU-LAPU CITY – The city government is bent on repackaging the Olango group of islands as an “ecotourism hub” in the Visayas, featuring its fishing and seaweed farming as an added tourist attraction. Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said Friday that soon after the Inter-Agency Task Force for… Read More

Cebu tourism firms told to get clearance before resuming ops

Cebu tourism firms told to get clearance before resuming ops

August 27, 2020, 9:16 pm

CEBU CITY ­– The Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force (CPTTF) has released a new set of requirements for hotels, resorts, homestay establishments and tour operators wanting to resume operations in the province which is now under modified general community quarantine. Maria Lester Ybañez,… Read More

Travel agencies ask airlines to expedite P141-M refund

Travel agencies ask airlines to expedite P141-M refund

August 26, 2020, 8:10 pm

MANILA – Members of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Wednesday asked some 27 airlines for a full refund of at least PHP141 million from canceled flights due to various travel restrictions imposed since March 2020. “We hope the airlines can expedite the process and release… Read More

Massive loss in tourism can cut global GDP by 2.8%: UN

Massive loss in tourism can cut global GDP by 2.8%: UN

August 25, 2020, 4:54 pm

ANKARA – The massive drop in revenues from tourism, which accounted for 7 percent of global trade last year, could reduce global gross domestic product (GDP) by as much as 2.8 percent in 2020, the UN secretary-general said Tuesday. Citing the latest data from the World Tourism Organization… Read More

DOT welcomes P10-B Bayanihan 2 allocation for tourism

DOT welcomes P10-B Bayanihan 2 allocation for tourism

August 25, 2020, 2:29 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday welcomed the approval of the PHP10-billion allocation for the tourism industry under the Bayanihan To Recover As One or the Bayanihan 2 Bill. In a statement, the DOT said the allotment signifies the recognition of the tourism sector by the… Read More

Online selling site for Philippine harvests launched

Online selling site for Philippine harvests launched

August 20, 2020, 3:43 pm

MANILA – Online shoppers can now enjoy varied Philippine flavors, quality-sealed fresh and processed food selections, and other essentials all under one platform which provides a seamless shopping experience for the customer. The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the Philippine Harvest… Read More

DOT-7 to help Mactan Island revive tourism sector

DOT-7 to help Mactan Island revive tourism sector

August 19, 2020, 8:51 pm

LAPU-LAPU CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Visayas is ready to assist the city in reopening its hospitality industry after the months-long hiatus.Shalimar Hofer Tamano, DOT-7 regional director, said he met with Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan and his wife, Cindi King-Chan, to… Read More

Keep P10-B credit facility for tourism in Bayanihan 2: groups

Keep P10-B credit facility for tourism in Bayanihan 2: groups

August 19, 2020, 8:44 pm

MANILA – More tourism groups joined the call on the bicameral conference committee to retain the PHP10-billion loan facility for micro and small industry players in the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One or Bayanihan 2 bill. In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Tourism Congress of the… Read More

Emirates' 1st commercial flight lands in Clark

Emirates' 1st commercial flight lands in Clark

August 19, 2020, 7:25 pm

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The one-off A380 service of Emirates landed at the Clark International Airport on Wednesday, with 405 passengers on board. The first A380 commercial aircraft to operate from Dubai to Clark aims to meet the demand for flights to and from the Philippines. Welcomed with a… Read More

Albay Tourism industry loses P.5-B due to Covid-19

Albay Tourism industry loses P.5-B due to Covid-19

August 15, 2020, 5:07 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The tourism industry in Albay could barely recover from the huge revenue losses it suffered due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) in Albay has reported. Dorothy Colle, PTCAO chief, said on Friday the… Read More