Travel and Tourism

DOT issues protocols for tourist land transport

DOT issues protocols for tourist land transport

June 10, 2020, 5:51 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued the New Normal Health and Safety Guidelines for Tourist Land Transport Services covering transport operators/owners, passengers, vehicles, and drivers. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat signed Memorandum Circular No. 2020-003 on June… Read More

DOT welcomes PH 'rising stars in travel' citation by Forbes.com

DOT welcomes PH 'rising stars in travel' citation by Forbes.com

June 6, 2020, 10:48 am

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the latest tourism-related distinction received by the country, having been recently named as one of the “Rising Stars in Travel” by Forbes.com, the website of the American business and financial news publication. In a recently published… Read More

MGCQ destinations want late resumption of tourism activities

MGCQ destinations want late resumption of tourism activities

June 2, 2020, 9:50 pm

MANILA – Most tourist destinations that already shifted to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are still hesitant to resume tourism activities, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat disclosed Tuesday. Among these are Bohol and Baguio, which seek to postpone leisure activities by… Read More

DOT, attached agencies promote digital tourism

DOT, attached agencies promote digital tourism

June 2, 2020, 9:21 pm

MANILA – With the hampered travel movement brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic situation, work and play are inevitably done online.  The evolving crisis and in anticipation of other challenges, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agencies are making… Read More

DOT welcomes resumption of tourism ops in MGCQ areas

DOT welcomes resumption of tourism ops in MGCQ areas

May 30, 2020, 6:14 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday welcomed the resumption of travel and other activities in places under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), hoping this could pave the eventual recovery of the tourism sector “It's important for the tourism sector to open as soon as… Read More

DOT assists 84 stranded tourists in Eastern Visayas

DOT assists 84 stranded tourists in Eastern Visayas

May 27, 2020, 2:56 pm

MANILA – At least 84 domestic tourists stranded in Eastern Visayas since March have returned to their respective homes with the assistance of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and local government units. The four buses left Palo, Leyte shortly before 6 p.m. Friday last week for the 24-hour journey… Read More

'New normal' guidelines for hotels, similar establishments issued

'New normal' guidelines for hotels, similar establishments issued

May 26, 2020, 6:18 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism has issued "new normal" guidelines for accommodation establishments (AEs) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Released on May 25, the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments covers the operations… Read More

DOT assists over 35K tourists amid pandemic

DOT assists over 35K tourists amid pandemic

May 22, 2020, 7:35 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) commits to sustain the Filipino brand of hospitality and service to stranded tourists amid the community quarantine brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. This, after stranded foreign tourists and their respective embassies… Read More

PH prepares to revive domestic tourism under strict protocols

PH prepares to revive domestic tourism under strict protocols

May 21, 2020, 10:31 am

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is preparing for the revival and reopening of tourism in the country once areas are classified under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). During the hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole on the Impact of Covid 19, Tourism Sec.… Read More

Tourism industry will recover: experts

Tourism industry will recover: experts

May 19, 2020, 9:23 pm

MANILA – The tourism industry will recover amid the uncertainty brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.  This is the consensus of tourism experts tapped by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) in partnership with the World… Read More

Hygiene standards play key role in choosing holiday destination

Hygiene standards play key role in choosing holiday destination

May 19, 2020, 3:02 pm

ANKARA – While world tourism has ground to a halt amid discussions on possible first measures for lifting restrictions, health and hygiene will play a vital role in choosing a holiday destination. Travel restrictions related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are still in place in all… Read More

Cebu airport prepares for ‘new normal’ in travel

Cebu airport prepares for ‘new normal’ in travel

May 14, 2020, 8:44 pm

CEBU CITY – The management of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on Thursday started to ramp up preparation for the “new normal travel experience,” as Cebu Province, except this city, will be downgraded from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ)… Read More

Wellness tourism in good position in post-Covid era

Wellness tourism in good position in post-Covid era

May 14, 2020, 8:18 pm

MANILA – Wellness tourism is expected to be in a good position during the post-pandemic period as tourists shift to focus on health and wellness, a Department of Tourism (DOT) official said Thursday. "The DOT right now is looking at health and wellness tourism as one of the niche products that… Read More

'New normal' for PH tourism once travel restrictions lifted

'New normal' for PH tourism once travel restrictions lifted

May 12, 2020, 5:47 pm

MANILA – The tourism scene in the Philippines will be "vastly different" once travel activities have been allowed as part of post-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) measures, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday.The "new normal" would involve enforced health security standards… Read More

Virus to shrink global tourism 60%-80% this year: UN

Virus to shrink global tourism 60%-80% this year: UN

May 7, 2020, 7:17 pm

ANKARA – Depending on the speed of containment, the duration of travel restrictions, and the shutdown of borders, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) projects international tourism to decline by 58 percent to 78 percent year on year in 2020. This places millions of livelihoods at risk and… Read More

Domestic travel key to jumpstart tourism after ECQ

Domestic travel key to jumpstart tourism after ECQ

May 1, 2020, 2:15 pm

MANILA – Domestic travel is seen to jumpstart the country's tourism industry once measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been relaxed, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday. "Once the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) is lifted, once the GCQ (general community… Read More

Intensified efforts needed to boost PH MICE amid pandemic

Intensified efforts needed to boost PH MICE amid pandemic

April 29, 2020, 6:47 pm

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has called for collective efforts to find ways to boost the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) tourism as the world establish a "new normal" amid the global coronavirus crisis. "Now more than ever, we must all close ranks… Read More

NegOr bizmen find ways to help tourism recover after ECQ

NegOr bizmen find ways to help tourism recover after ECQ

April 27, 2020, 6:17 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) is considering various alternatives for helping the tourism industry recover as the province prepares to downgrade its status from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) in a few… Read More

DOT mourns death of former Tourism chief Mon Jimenez

DOT mourns death of former Tourism chief Mon Jimenez

April 27, 2020, 4:22 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday extended its condolences to the family of former Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. who passed away at 64. "On behalf of the officials and employees of the Department of Tourism, I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the bereaved loved… Read More

PH Harvest online edition starts Wednesday: DOT

PH Harvest online edition starts Wednesday: DOT

April 22, 2020, 3:41 pm

MANILA – An online version of the Philippine Harvest, a trade and food expo, was launched on Wednesday to adapt to the current health crisis and the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. Through the innovative "online trade fair", consumers may order directly from the social media accounts… Read More