Travel and Tourism

DOT launches food, travel fest in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--The Department of Tourism in Region 10 (DOT-10) opened the three-day Food and Travel Festival on Friday, to showcase Northern Mindanao's top cuisines.Dubbed "Kaon Ta" (let's eat), the November 23-25 event is participated in by 32 exhibitors consisting of hotels and restaurants... Read More

Hokkaido officials support PAL's Sapporo route

MANILA -- Some officials from the Hokkaido Prefecture went to the Philippine Airlines' (PAL) office in Manila on Wednesday to show their support to the carrier's upcoming Sapporo route.PAL will launch the Manila-Sapporo route on Dec. 7, which aims to attract more tourists from Japan.PAL spokesperson... Read More

TIEZA registers last 3 tourism enterprises for 2018

MANILA -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) on Tuesday registered three new tourism enterprises inside the Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone (FTEZ) in San Vicente, Palawan and in Boracay, Aklan.TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas awarded the certificates of... Read More

Mindoro eyed as PH's tuna sport fishing capital

MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro -- In some parts of the country, it is the literal mineral that seamen try to dredge. But in Mindoro, it is mining the living and flipping the "new gold of the sea" -- the yellowfin tuna.Already established as a source of livelihood for the island, fisherfolk in... Read More

Belgium lauds Boracay rehab, PH bid on sustainable tourism

MANILA -- The Duterte administration's decision to rehabilitate Boracay was a "good decision" after all, Belgian Ambassador to Manila Michel Goffin said Thursday."Let's be frank, when you cleaned Boracay, when you cleaned El Nido, this is a very good decision. President (Rodrigo) Duterte is doing... Read More

DOT cancels 4th Madrid Fusión Manila

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday officially announced that the fourth edition of the Madrid Fusión Manila, which was previously set for April 2019, has been cancelled.The agency is apparently shifting the focus of its resources to sectors that will require funding,... Read More

Birdwatchers await return of Great Cormorant to Paoay

LAOAG CITY — Bird watchers all over the Philippines are eager to witness the return of the great cormorant, a migratory bird known for its matted feathers, come Nov.19.The locals of Paoay, Ilocos Norte are the most excited of all, as flocks of this bird species naturally migrate to this town,... Read More

AirAsia launches credit card for passengers

MANILA -- AirAsia Philippines, in partnership with RCBC, launched the AirAsia credit card on Wednesday evening in Taguig City.During the launch, AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Dexter Comendador said the credit card aims to provide AirAsia passengers with more opportunities and perks in... Read More

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel reopens renovated 'BELLOVISTO' bar

TOKYO -- Amid Shibuya's rapid urban evolution and increasing demand from inbound tourists, the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, Tokyo has renovated and reopened the BELLOVISTO Tower's bar on the hotel's 40th floor.Themed around delicious food, splendid drinks, and music, the bar is entirely a... Read More

Filipino youths impressed with Xiamen City

DAGUPAN CITY -- Filipino delegates to the first-ever Philippines-China Youth Friendly Exchange Program commended the technological advances and the preserved Chinese cultural heritage in Xiamen City in China.“Very impressive ang Xiamen. Ang ganda ganda ng city, nakuha nila yong mga industries... Read More

Duty Free PH to start accepting Alipay, WeChat payments

MANILA-- State-owned Duty Free Philippines will start accepting payment via Chinese mobile payment applications WeChat and Alipay by the end of November 2018.Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) signed on Tuesday a memorandum of agreement with the two Chinese firms that developed the... Read More

Duty Free lights Xmas tree in newest outlet

MANILA – The state-owned Duty Free Philippines Corp. (DFPC) signaled the start of the Christmas season during a tree-lighting ceremony at its newest downtown outlet, the Luxe Duty Free, at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.The ceremony was led by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat... Read More

Puyat eyes closure of non-compliant El Nido resorts

MANILA-- Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday said she recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the closure of non-compliant tourism establishments in El Nido.Puyat wrote to the local government unit of El Nido in September 2018, urging them to address the easement issues and... Read More

Tinindag Festival boosts Taysan's culinary, ecotourism

MANILA-- The first-ever Tinindag Festival is poised to boost Taysan, Batangas' sustainable tourism pinned on nature adventure and culinary adventure, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Monday.The week-long celebration of the 100th founding anniversary of Taysan, culminating into the Tinindag... Read More

AirAsia opens Clark-Seoul flight

CLARK, Pampanga – Philippines AirAsia will open its newest flight out of Clark International Airport (CRK) to Seoul, Korea starting Jan. 19, 2019 with introductory fares as low as PHP1,990.AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador announced this on Wednesday, adding that the opening of... Read More

Baguio Christmas Village adopts Singapore, Dubai attractions

BAGUIO CITY -- The Baguio Country Club (BCC) has never failed to amaze locals and visitors in bringing world-class attraction closer to Filipinos in its famed Christmas Village that comes alive at this time of year.“This year's theme is inspired by Singapore's 'Gardens by the Bay' and... Read More

Occidental Mindoro: A promising sustainable tourism hub

With the promising tourism industry in the area and, at the same time, learning from the fate of Boracay, Gadiano said the local government "adheres first and foremost to conservation and protection.""In Apo Reef alone, we already implemented a carrying capacity way before. We don't want to reach... Read More

Remembering the dead in Camiguin’s sunken cemetery

CAMIGUIN-- As All Saints’ Day (November 1) approaches, Filipino families flock to cemeteries to tidy up their loved ones' tombstones, most of them with karit (sickle) on one hand and a walis (broom) on the other -- to cut overgrown grass, sweep, and later pray and reflect on the memory of... Read More

PH needs to raise Boracay tourism income, not arrivals

MANILA -- The economy still stands to benefit from regulating the number of tourists on the world-famous Boracay Island by expanding its tourism offerings, according to the regional development unit of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).NEDA Undersecretary for Regional... Read More

Sept. 2018 arrivals up by 6.76%

MANILA-- The foreign tourist arrivals to the Philippines in September 2018 is 6.76 percent higher than the same period last year.At least 512,240 international tourists visited the country last month, making the overall arrivals since January this year 4,950,683, or about 8.32 percent higher than... Read More