Travel and Tourism

PH's hot air balloon festival opens in Cavite

PH's hot air balloon festival opens in Cavite

March 7, 2020, 1:59 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) hailed the successful opening of the Flying Carnival 2020 on Friday. Expected to attract more than 45,000 spectators from March 6 to 8, the Flying Carnival 2020 is the first Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) to be staged outside… Read More

PRRD joins effort to boost PH tourism

PRRD joins effort to boost PH tourism

March 4, 2020, 8:04 pm

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat confirmed on Wednesday that President Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Boracay on March 12 to join efforts in lifting the public's mood to travel around the Philippines. Aside from promotions, the Chief Executive will also inspect what has been done… Read More

DOT earmarks P6-B to cushion Covid impact on PH tourism

DOT earmarks P6-B to cushion Covid impact on PH tourism

March 4, 2020, 7:14 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is allocating approximately PHP6 billion to spur Philippine tourism amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak, Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Wednesday. She said the amount will cover international and domestic promotions,… Read More

Intramuros visitors up despite Covid-19 scare

Intramuros visitors up despite Covid-19 scare

March 4, 2020, 1:01 pm

MANILA — Visitors in Intramuros have been increasing despite the expected slowdown on arrivals due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. "(For Intramuros), the numbers are increasing due to promotions and the opening of new sites. Surprisingly, we were not that affected (by the… Read More

PH tourism revenue hits all-time high $9.31-B in 2019

PH tourism revenue hits all-time high $9.31-B in 2019

March 2, 2020, 8:37 pm

MANILA — The Philippines' tourism revenue has reached a total of USD9.31 billion last year, up by 20.81 percent from USD7.71 billion receipts in 2018, the Department of Tourism (DOT) revealed Monday. Aside from all-time high earnings, 2019 has also witnessed several tourism milestones as the… Read More

Bohol exec eyes stimulus package for C. Visayas tourism

Bohol exec eyes stimulus package for C. Visayas tourism

March 2, 2020, 6:30 pm

CEBU CITY – Governor Arthur Yap of Bohol province has recommended a national government-initiated stimulus package amid the negative impact of the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) epidemic to the tourism industry in Central Visayas. “We have to keep the economy churning,” he said, citing… Read More

PH version of 'great sale' kicks off Mar. 1

PH version of 'great sale' kicks off Mar. 1

February 20, 2020, 7:23 am

MANILA -- The Philippines is launching the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival starting March 1, a nationwide sale that seeks to rival Singapore's great sale and Hong Kong's summer sale. "It’s not hard to see that elevating the shopping experience will go a long way to enhance the attractiveness… Read More

Legazpi City records 1.27M tourist arrivals in 2019

Legazpi City records 1.27M tourist arrivals in 2019

February 18, 2020, 12:35 pm

LEGAZPI CITY -- A total of 1.27 million tourists visited this capital city of Albay province last year, which is higher than the 1.25-million figure in 2018. The increased number is attributed to promotions of tourist destinations and different idyllic places here, said Tourism Officer Agapita… Read More

PH records 8.26-M int'l arrivals in 2019

PH records 8.26-M int'l arrivals in 2019

February 17, 2020, 11:36 am

MANILA -- International visitors to the Philippines in 2019 reached 8.26 million, a 15.24 percent growth over 2018's 7.16 million arrivals. Almost all months, except January, registered double-digit growth rates, the largest of which was August at 27.54 percent while December recorded the highest… Read More

DOT welcomes lifting of Taiwan travel ban

DOT welcomes lifting of Taiwan travel ban

February 15, 2020, 8:44 am

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the lifting of the travel ban on Taiwan to minimize the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) global scare on the local tourism industry. “The lifting of the travel ban on Taiwan is highly assuring and we hope that the (Covid-19)… Read More

Boracay sees PRRD visit lifting domestic tourism

Boracay sees PRRD visit lifting domestic tourism

February 11, 2020, 7:16 pm

ILOILO CITY – Tourism in Boracay in Malay, Aklan, which has been affected by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which has now become an international health concern is expected to somehow boost activities in the island with the scheduled visit of President Rodrigo Duterte. Tourism Secretary… Read More

 PH measures in place to contain nCoV, tourists assured

PH measures in place to contain nCoV, tourists assured

February 11, 2020, 6:12 pm

MANILA-- The country remains safe as precautionary measures are in place to contain the deadly 2019-novel coronavirus, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) said Tuesday. The DOT and TCP made the remark in a joint statement as they also announced… Read More

PRRD to visit Boracay, Cebu to boost domestic tourism

PRRD to visit Boracay, Cebu to boost domestic tourism

February 11, 2020, 8:52 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to join a campaign to boost domestic tourism and show that Philippine destinations, particularly Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, are safe for travel amid the 2019-novel coronavirus scare. The plan was revealed by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat… Read More

 Travel expo offers hundreds of low-priced tour deals at SMX

Travel expo offers hundreds of low-priced tour deals at SMX

February 6, 2020, 10:02 pm

MANILA-- The 2020 Travel Tour Expo (TTE) will be opened to the public starting Friday, offering hundreds of low-priced tour packages in domestic and international destinations. At least 900 booths and some 30 participating countries are expected to showcase travel and tour deals up to 70 percent… Read More

PH eyes other markets, increased domestic tours amid nCoV

PH eyes other markets, increased domestic tours amid nCoV

February 4, 2020, 9:08 pm

MANILA --The Department of Tourism (DOT) aims to intensify its marketing efforts in other countries to offset the impact of 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Philippines’ tourism industry in line with the goal on reaching the targeted 9.2 million foreign tourists by end of 2020 despite the… Read More

PH maintains 9.2M tourists target amid nCoV travel bans

PH maintains 9.2M tourists target amid nCoV travel bans

February 4, 2020, 4:22 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is maintaining its 9.2 million tourists arrival target for 2020 amid the travel ban on foreigners from China and its special administrative regions by the Philippines and other countries to contain the spread of 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). "There… Read More

DOT urges public, tourists to take precautions vs. 2019-nCoV

DOT urges public, tourists to take precautions vs. 2019-nCoV

January 31, 2020, 7:42 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday urged the public including foreign tourists to take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of contracting the virus following the Department of Health's (DOH) announcement on the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)… Read More

Revival of direct flight to LA to boost Cebu tourism: OPAV

Revival of direct flight to LA to boost Cebu tourism: OPAV

January 31, 2020, 6:38 pm

CEBU CITY – The Presidential Assistant for the Visayas on Friday said the revival of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles this year will perk up the tourism industry in the Central Visayas province. “We welcome the revival of the Cebu-Los Angeles Flight starting… Read More

Fewer Chinese citizens arriving in PH due to 2019-nCoV

Fewer Chinese citizens arriving in PH due to 2019-nCoV

January 30, 2020, 2:32 pm

CEBU CITY -- The Chinese Consulate General in Cebu on Wednesday said they have noticed a decline in tourist arrival among his fellow citizens since the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China. Jia Li said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued an advisory on Monday… Read More

DOT allots P340.7-M for Iloilo tourism infra

DOT allots P340.7-M for Iloilo tourism infra

January 29, 2020, 7:28 am

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has earmarked a total of PHP340.7 million for Iloilo's tourism infrastructure development through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). "TIEZA made sure that the Province of Iloilo will have our steadfast support in terms of… Read More