Travel and Tourism

Majority of PH tourism players expect to be back on track in 2021

Majority of PH tourism players expect to be back on track in 2021

July 20, 2020, 8:41 pm

MANILA – Majority of the tourism players in the Philippines remains optimistic that their businesses will return to normal within six months to over a year. According to the Philippine Tourism Survey: Covid-19 Edition conducted by Isla Lipana & Co./PwC Philippines (PwC), 63 percent of the… Read More

PH's tallest airport control tower to rise in Clark

PH's tallest airport control tower to rise in Clark

July 19, 2020, 5:02 pm

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is set to build the country’s newest Airport Control Tower, said to become the tallest in the country at 54 meters. The tower will upgrade the airfield's ground lighting system at the emerging airport complex within the… Read More

MICE allowed under MGCQ at 50% capacity: DOT

MICE allowed under MGCQ at 50% capacity: DOT

July 16, 2020, 9:37 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) said meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) can be held in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) but only at 50-percent capacity. According to the guidelines for MICE operations dated July 14, physical events in areas… Read More

DOT, FAO team up for sustainable farm tourism in PH

DOT, FAO team up for sustainable farm tourism in PH

July 16, 2020, 12:09 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) will team up with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to promote farm tourism and help the country’s tourism industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The partnership with FAO, the United Nations agency that leads efforts to achieve food… Read More

Puerto Princesa retrofitting tourism sector

Puerto Princesa retrofitting tourism sector

July 14, 2020, 6:55 pm

MANILA – The city government of Puerto Princesa is retrofitting programs for the tourism industry, including agri-tourism, as it starts to gradually welcome more economic activities while ensuring that safety protocols are in place. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary… Read More

DOT bullish on recovery of English schools in PH

DOT bullish on recovery of English schools in PH

July 11, 2020, 6:45 pm

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is optimistic about the recovery of English schools in the Philippines that would eventually put the Philippines back as a leading English as a Second Language (ESL) destination. “The students who have come here have returned to their home… Read More

Palawan wins world's best island title in T+L list

Palawan wins world's best island title in T+L list

July 9, 2020, 5:51 pm

MANILA -- Palawan was cited as the world's best island in the Travel+Leisure (T+L) 2020 World's Best Awards. With a score of 94.83, Palawan bested 24 others in the world's islands category, which included the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Maui in Hawaii, Bali in Indonesia, and Great Barrier Reef… Read More

DOT to issue 'new normal' protocols for MICE

DOT to issue 'new normal' protocols for MICE

July 8, 2020, 8:56 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is crafting specific health and safety protocols for other tourism sectors, including the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) in line with the "new normal" brought by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. "We will be issuing… Read More

Enhanced travel insurance mulled as requirement to exit PH

Enhanced travel insurance mulled as requirement to exit PH

July 8, 2020, 8:10 pm

MANILA – A travel medical insurance with additional two weeks or 15 days coverage may soon be required before a Filipino traveler can exit the country, a ranking Department of Tourism (DOT) official said Wednesday. "Ang napag-usapan doon sa technical working group ay malamang tataasan natin… Read More

Palawan eyes tourism resumption in 3 towns

Palawan eyes tourism resumption in 3 towns

July 3, 2020, 5:37 pm

MANILA – Palawan is targeting the resumption of tourism activities in the towns of El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente once safety and health protocols have been set in place in the province. There is no specific date yet as to when the three municipalities will start accepting travelers, but… Read More

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