Travel and Tourism

DOT trains 2k front liners for Boracay reopening

BORACAY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) facilitated the training of some 2,100 tourism front line workers in anticipation of Boracay Island’s soft opening on October 26.“Since the island's temporary closure, we have been providing free training for our front liners or the ones who... Read More

First PH online tourism portal underway

MANILA-- The establishment of the first online tourism portal in the Philippines started as Rajah Travel Corporation launched the first phase of its Tourism Knowledge Center after welcoming its first partner from the academe on board.The center, an online portal that will provide relevant and... Read More

Gov't eyes carrying capacity limit of major tourist sites

MANILA-- With the limited number of tourists entering Boracay Island, the national government is now planning to set a similar carrying capacity limit in other major tourist destinations in the Philippines, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat said on Thursday.Romulo-Puyat relayed President... Read More

Online travel booking apps vow to share stats with DOT, PSA

MANILA -- Online travel booking companies on Tuesday committed to partner with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in providing them travel and tourism statistics allowed for sharing.During the 29th National Statistics Month reception in Pasay City,... Read More

PH among world's top 15 travel, tourism powerhouses: WTTC

MANILA -- Out of 185 countries, the Philippines ranked 13th among the top 15 tourism powerhouses that recorded "absolute growth" within the last seven years.The Philippines' ranking was identified in the 2018 World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) "Power and Performance Report," wherein 185... Read More

Better condition, core of 'more fun in PH' drive

MANILA-- Potential tourists from Hong Kong were assured that improving the general condition of the Philippines is encompassed in the government's "It's more fun in the Philippines" campaign."Tourism promotion, particularly rural tourism, is an important mission of President Rodrigo Duterte and is... Read More

Gov't markets PH as major diving hub in Asia

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is currently marketing the Philippines as an ideal diving hub in Asia by highlighting its numerous dive spots for beginners and professional divers who are inclined to underwater photography."Part of our commitment is to make sure that we promote the... Read More

Largest dive expo in PH opens in Manila

MANILA-- The Diving Resort and Travel (DRT) Show 2018, dubbed as the largest dive exposition in the Philippines, opened at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall on Friday.The DRT Show is held in seven cities every year and is considered as the "most important event" in the Philippine diving industry, which... Read More

TIEZA gets regulatory powers over Boracay water concessionaires

MANILA -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) gets the sole and exclusive right to regulate all utilities on world-famous Boracay Island and other tourist zones.Citing a Sept. 5 ruling from the Office of the President (OP), TIEZA said the previous decision of the... Read More

DOT releases initial list of Boracay hotels ready for opening

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday announced that an initial 2,063 hotel rooms are ready for next month’s reopening of Boracay.In its Boracay Bulletin dated Aug. 31, 2018, the department listed 25 hotels and resorts that have complied with the permits and clearances from the... Read More

Purely Filipino travel, trade expo opens in Taguig

MANILA-- A purely Philippine-travel and trade expo opened on Friday at the Central Square Mall, Taguig City where local tourist destinations, farm tours and Filipino-made products are showcased for a three-day sale.Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said the exhibition is... Read More

Not all parties, events banned in Boracay: DOT exec

MANILA-- Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. on Friday said not all parties in Boracay will be banned."Sa ngayon, ang tinitignan namin is doon sa beach area lang (Currently, we are looking at restricting (party-activities) in the beach area)," he told reporters in an... Read More

Jan-July '18 tourist arrivals grow by 9.74%

MANILA -- Tourist arrivals in the first seven months of the year increased by 9.74 percent to 4.3 million visitors compared to 3.92 million in the same period last year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Thursday.In July alone, visitors tallied 601,322, posting a growth rate of 5.86 percent... Read More

Boracay to emerge as 'peaceful, sustainable' island destination

MANILA -- The government wants the rehabilitated Boracay to be known as a "peaceful" and "sustainable" tourist site, deviating from its usual party island image, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Wednesday."Definitely it won't be like a really party place anymore, it will be more,"... Read More

DOT targets 5k Boracay hotel rooms ready on Oct. 26

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) targets to have at least 5,000 Boracay hotel and resort rooms opened on October 26."Our target really is to have 5,000 rooms to be opened by October 26," DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato said during a Senate hearing on Monday."The strategy is for us to open... Read More

DOT apologizes to tourists affected by NAIA runway mishap

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has apologized to local and foreign tourists affected by the flight cancellations and delays at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after a Xiamen Air passenger aircraft figured in a runway mishap on Aug. 16.In a press statement issued Tuesday, DOT... Read More

DOT sees October 26 as fixed Boracay reopening date

MANILA -- While rehabilitation efforts in Boracay are continuous, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat does not hint a possible extension and still sees October 26 as the fixed date for the island's reopening.In an interview with reporters, Puyat said efforts to bring back its pristine... Read More

Rediscovering the metro through ‘Ikot Manila’

MANILA-- Foreign and local tourists alike may now rediscover old and new must-see places in Metro Manila through the Ikot Manila tourism campaign of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the LRT-1, which has options for guided and unguided tours.“IkotMNL” features an updated list of sites... Read More

DOT condoles with kin of 7-yr old girl killed by jellyfish sting

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday sent condolences to the bereaved family of Gaia Trimarchi, the 7-year-old girl who died from jellyfish sting while on vacation in Caramoan, Camarines SurDOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has instructed the agency to extend full assistance and... Read More

DOT to rehabilitate Banaue Rice Terraces

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) will rehabilitate the famed Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao by end of 2018 or next year, a Tourism official revealed Thursday.In an interview, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said DOT... Read More