Travel and Tourism

PCCI urges more investments in tourism-related businesses

MANILA -- The country’s largest business organization, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), is encouraging more investments in tourism-related businesses, as it proposes a long-term plan aimed at making tourism one of the country’s biggest industries in 10 years, or by... Read More

A spontaneous weekend trip to Ho Chi Minh City

MANILA -- After listening to the original cast recording of Miss Saigon for the hundredth time, you make a spur-of-the-moment decision to fly to Ho Chi Minh after realizing that you still haven’t visited the city the musical is set in. It’s the weekend and you don’t have an... Read More

Jan-Feb tourist receipts jumped 96% : DOT

MANILA -- Latest data on Philippine travel and tourism performance showed a 96.66 percent jump on visitor receipts for January and February 2018 compared to the same period last year.Based on the data released by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday, combined receipts for the first two months... Read More

‘Unadulterated’ Soccsksargen treasures seen to lure more tourists

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is hyping up promotions on the beauty of Soccsksargen, offering the region's "unadulterated" treasures to local and foreign tourists alike as it tries to increase the 2017 tourist arrivals by 5 to 10 percent this year.On Friday, DOT Region 12 launched its... Read More

World's Strongest Man event in Manila open to public

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday announced that the World's Strongest Man (WSM) competition to be held in Manila will be open for public viewing.During a press briefing, DOT Undersecretary Kat De Castro announced the schedule of activities for the WSM leg in Metro Manila.On April... Read More

World Strongest Man contenders now in Manila

MANILA--The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday announced that the 30 contenders for the 41st World Strongest Man (WSM) crown have arrived in Manila this week.The DOT, which facilitated the country’s hosting of WSM, said the popular sports television series will be shown in over 70... Read More

PH eyes holding tourism fair in Singapore

MANILA – With less than 200,000 Singaporean visitors to the Philippines in 2017, Manila is planning to hold a tourism fair in the Southeast Asian state this year to further increase Singaporean arrivals, an envoy said Tuesdsay.Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap said there is... Read More

Israel bids to lure more Filipino tourists

MANILA -- With a growing number of tourist arrivals on both sides, an official of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday expressed their intent to increase Filipino visitors to the Holy Land this year."We are trying to do as much activities as we can, like B2B (business-to-business)... Read More

'One Boracay' movement to expand to other PH islands

MANILA -- Following issues in Boracay that prompted the government to close the island for six months, tourism stakeholders are expanding "One Boracay", a movement to protect the island, to other Philippine destinations to ensure that other tourist sites would not suffer Boracay's fate.The private... Read More

PH destinations to host World's Strongest Man event

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Monday that nine destinations will host the first World Strongest Man (WSM) in the Philippines, as the DOT bids to embed the country as an emerging sports tourism hub in Asia.The DOT is the lead agency that facilitated the hosting of WSM to boost... Read More

French officials to lead Manila, Cebu spiritual tourism road show

MANILA -- A delegation of French tourism professionals will visit Manila and Cebu City to lead a three-day spiritual tourism road show this month.French Ambassador to the Philippines Nicolas Galey said Wednesday that the mission, to be held on April 23-26 in partnership with Atout France, reflects... Read More

TIEZA launches online travel tax payment system

MANILA -- Long queues in airports are now expected to be reduced as passengers will now be able to pay their travel taxes online.Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) together with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the DBP Data Center Inc. (DCI) launched on... Read More

7.4-M tourists goal in 2018 stays despite Boracay's closure

MANILA-- Despite the six-month closure of tourist-raking Boracay, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic that the country could still meet the 7.4 million international tourist arrivals goal for this year.

"The target will still be the same. We will meet (the target), we will work... Read More

Central Visayas records 6.9-M local, foreign tourists in 2017

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Visayas has tallied around 6.9 million tourist arrivals from January to December 2017, recording a 17.13 percent growth rate from 2016.According to the agency, this figure surpassed its 6.3 million target for the said year.DOT attributed the increase... Read More

DOT Eastern Visayas promotes homestay program

TACLOBAN CITY-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office here is stepping up the promotion of homestay program in the bid to lure more tourists to destinations without hotels.Rina Apostol, DOT regional accreditation officer said on Thursday they recognize homestay as a regular accommodation... Read More

DOT urges foreign, local tourists to visit other islands

MANILA -- Tourism officials are urging local and foreign tourists to discover the other beautiful destinations in the Philippines, weeks before Boracay's closure on April 26.Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said all tourism offices are now readying destinations that are prepared for the influx of... Read More

Duterte eyes opening Miss Universe 2019 in Boracay: DOT

MANILA-- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo on Wednesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is keen on holding the 2019 Miss Universe in Boracay following its rehabilitation this year.Talks on holding another Miss Universe in the Philippines first surfaced in December 2017, but Teo... Read More

DOT, Marylindbert launch trademark to promote 'carinderia' food

MANILA -- Buhay Carinderia-Redefined, a program that began as an advocacy to improve the image of local food stands that represent Philippine culture and dishes, was officially launched here Wednesday.The launch was led by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and... Read More

DOT warns tourists vs. bogus travel agencies

MANILA -- After the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration officially declared the start of summer in the country on Tuesday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reminded the public anew against bogus travel agencies, which usually offer... Read More

Madrid Fusion Manila 2018 set in Sept.

MANILA -- The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Thursday confirmed that dates have been set by both the Philippine and Spanish organizers of gastronomy congress Madrid Fusion Manila 2018.In an interview, Maricon Ebron, head of the TPB Marketing and Promotions Sector, told the Philippine News Agency... Read More