Travel and Tourism

Royal Air eyes Macau-Subic flights

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with Royal Air to mount chartered flights between Macau (MFM) and Subic Bay International Airport seven times per week.“Royal Air is among our airline partners, which the DOT is working with to bring in tourists from China. Through our Route... Read More

TIEZA inks 5 tourism enterprise zone partnership agreements

MANILA -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) on Thursday inked five Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) partnership agreements, granting fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, and tax and duty-free importation of goods and services in such areas.TIEZA Chief Operating Officer... Read More

DFA to Filipinos traveling to Paris: Be wary of break-ins, robberies

MANILA-- The Philippine embassy in France on Monday issued a travel advisory, reminding Filipinos traveling to Paris to be wary of spate of break-ins, robberies, and pickpocketing incidence in the city.The advisory, coursed through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), also noted "the string of... Read More

January-June tourist arrivals hit 3.7-M: DOT

MANILA -- The country is "on track" with its 2018 target for international arrivals after foreign tourists to the Philippines reached an "all-time high" of 3.706 million in the first half of the year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday."We are actually on track. We are halfway the year... Read More

PH, France eye deeper tourism cooperation, set sights on faith tourism

MANILA -- The French Embassy in Manila is optimistic on the further development of France and Philippine relations, with the two countries' upcoming bilateral meeting on tourism.During the Bastille Day celebration in Makati City over the weekend, French Ambassador Nicolas Galey cited an active... Read More

Palawan, Cebu named among best islands in the world

MANILA-- Two Philippine islands were named among the best in the world by the 2018 poll of New York-based Travel+Leisure magazine.Travel+Leisure conducted its annual World’s Best Awards survey, where its readers share insight on best travel experiences around the globe, from top cities,... Read More

Taiwan extends visa-free program for Pinoys

MANILA -- The visa-exemption program for Filipinos is officially extended until July 31, 2019, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) announced Thursday.The move was an extension of the visa-free trial period and will be subject to be reviewed until it lapsed next year.In a statement, new... Read More

Int'l, local composers join Banaue-inspired music competition

MANILA-- Twenty local and foreign composers will compete in the Banaue Rice Terraces-inspired symphonic competition as part of a project to restore the landmark's glory.The 20 were among 84 participants who sent entries for the Banaue International Music Composition Competition (BIMCC), the first of... Read More

LGU, private sector tie-up to save Banaue Rice Terraces

MANILA -- With a huge land area of the Banaue Rice Terraces deteriorating, the local government has partnered with the private sector to save the country's northern treasure and prevent it from being removed from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World... Read More

DOT: Effort relentless in pursuing women-empowering tourism

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) continues its drive to pursue tourism that provides women numerous opportunities, in its bid to make the industry gender- and community-empowered.Tourism Undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a recent interview that the... Read More

PH to craft communication plan for barrier-free tourism

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the government is preparing a communication action plan for a barrier-free tourism in the country.The communication action plan is expected to strengthen the coordination between the public and private sectors in creating and implementing... Read More

PH to host international farm tourism summit

MANILA-- As one of the leading Southeast Asian countries promoting farm tourism, the Philippines will be hosting the Global Farm Tourism Summit on July 17 in Tagaytay City.Dr. Mina Gabor, former Tourism chief and now president of the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), said the... Read More

DOT wants fast visa process for Indians, Chinese tourists

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeking to facilitate the visa upon arrival (VUA) processing for Chinese and Indian tourists."Right now, the two major markets that we have to really look out in terms of facilitating entry are China and India," Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon said... Read More

10% hike in foreign arrivals despite Boracay shutdown

MANILA-- Despite the closure of Boracay Island in April, the January to May 2018 international tourist arrivals still posted a 10.24 percent increase compared to last year's, the Department of Tourism (DOT) bared on Thursday.The first five months of the year recorded 3.17 million foreign visitors to... Read More

New Taipei representative seeks strong tourism ties with PH

MANILA -- The new Taiwan (ROC) representative in Manila seeks to further enhance the tourism ties between Taiwan and the Philippines as Filipino tourist arrivals to Taipei reached a record high in 2018."In line with President Tsai Ing-Wen’s 'New Southbound Policy', the Philippines has become a... Read More

Filipino arrivals to Taiwan up 60% in first 5 months of 2018

MANILA -- Filipino tourist arrivals to Taiwan from January to May this year increased by 60 percent following the implementation of a trial visa-free treatment for the Philippines, a Taiwanese official said Tuesday.Yu-Shin Chen, deputy commissioner of Taipei City said at least 290,784 Filipinos... Read More

A walk in the clouds: China's natural heritage sites

JIANGXI PROVINCE, China--The People’s Republic of China is not just all about temples and modern edifices such as the famous Bird’s Nest, the national stadium where the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics were held. The fourth largest country in the world is also home to many natural heritage... Read More

Tourism chief wants world to see PH heritage, culture

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) will hold the door open for everyone to see how captivating Filipino culture is, DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said when asked of her plans at the agency."I love beaches, I love Boracay, I love Bohol, but there is more to it than that," she mused,... Read More

Cruise-themed TLC show to feature Palawan: DOT

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Friday that the country's last frontier, Palawan, will be featured in the first-ever regional cruise-themed television program in the American channel TLC, as produced by the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) and the DOT as one of its members.The TV... Read More

Acer taps Samsonite for travel, back-to-school 'Carry On' promo

MANILA -- Technology firm Acer has partnered with bag and luggage manufacturer Samsonite to encourage the youth to "carry on," whatever challenges they might be facing.The "Carry On" campaign also serves as Acer's back-to-school promo, wherein customers will receive a free Samsonite luggage for... Read More