Travel and Tourism

DOT sees improved sea connectivity luring more cruise lines to PH

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo on Wednesday said the boost in sea connectivity in the years to come is worth looking forward to as more cruise lines are set to visit Manila for the first time."The country’s sea connectivity will receive a significant boost in... Read More

Tourism Board awaits new date for Madrid Fusion Manila

MANILA -- The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is awaiting the Spanish organizer of Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) to propose a new date for the international gastronomy congress, after the original date was called off to give way for a public bidding, an official said Tuesday.The MFM 2018 has been put on... Read More

Intramuros visitors reach 1-M during Holy Week: DOT

MANILA -- More or less one million local and foreign tourists visited Intramuros for the observance of the Holy Week this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said, indicating success in the promotion of faith tourism in the country.“For a pre-dominantly Catholic country like the Philippines,... Read More

Renew faith in MisOcc, Northern Mindanao

MANILA — This Lent, the best way to renew faith is to visit trails of new and old Catholic imprints spread out in secluded and non-crowded parts of the country.

Along this category are faith tourism destinations in Northern Mindanao such as the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis... Read More

More Danish tourist arrivals to PH seen

MANILA -- With Philippines becoming more prominent as the "hottest place" to visit in Asia, Denmark Ambassador Jan Top Christensen is optimistic the more than 18,000 Danish tourists in 2017 to the country will further increase this year."I expect that more will be coming because the Philippines is... Read More

DOT, PwC agree to spur tourism investments

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) and business consultancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers Philippines (PwC), have signed a memorandum of understanding that seeks to develop projects promoting the Philippines as a premier tourist destination.Tourism Undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez and PwC... Read More

Limahong Channel Tourism Center to be built this year

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan --The construction of the Limahong Channel Tourism Center (LCTC) will start next month with a PHP30-million funding from the Department of Tourism (DOT).Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil said Tuesday that his proposed LCTC would have a tourism center and a river... Read More

Chinese city to bring 1-M tourists in Legazpi

LEGAZPI CITY -- Hengyang City of China has offered to bring at least one million tourists in this city yearly, as well as help boost the agricultural industry and social services."The prospect one million tourists from Hengyang are also potential to become investors and would bring more business... Read More

DOT invites pilgrims to tour faith-based places in PH

MANILA -- Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo urged on Thursday the public to visit faith-based destinations the Department of Tourism (DOT) has collated, and to participate in Lenten activities it lined up for this year's Holy Week.Among destinations mentioned by Teo are the shrines of Ilocos Norte,... Read More

3 big Lenten events lined up in Intramuros

MANILA -- As Lenten season approaches, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is lining up three major activities for Catholics who are in Metro Manila, with Intramuros area as the focal destination.On Thursday, DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo together with the agency's Faith Tourism Sector announced that... Read More

Cebu thrives on Korean arrivals

MANILA -- More and more visitors from South Korea looking for relaxation and recreation are now turning their heads toward Cebu, the “Queen City of the South,” which, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT), may yet also earn the moniker, “Seoul of the Philippines,” with... Read More

‘More surprises, big events’ at 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival

BACOLOD CITY -- The Silver edition of the award-winning Panaad sa Negros Festival will bring “more surprises and big events” this coming April 14 to 22.Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal, festival executive director, hinted this on Saturday as preparations for... Read More

Samar tourism back on track after Yolanda onslaught

MANILA -- Years after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda that killed thousands and damaged properties, Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan said she believes the province is back on track with at least a 50-percent increase in the number of its tourist arrivals.At the launch of Spark Samar in Manila on... Read More

Bright prospects seen for ARMM's tourism: DOT

MANILA -- With Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's (ARMM) ongoing developments in sea and air connectivity, as well as the rich culture it can offer to international and domestic tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic of the bright prospects for the southern region's tourism... Read More

PH joins ASEAN in creating barrier-free tourism

MANILA -- As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gears to develop more infrastructures to provide barrier-free tourism to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the region, the Philippines expresses its full support to the bloc's initiative."The Philippines has always been very... Read More

DOT sees Mindanao assuming bigger PH tourism role

MANILA -- Despite the challenges Mindanao suffered in terms of tourism promotion in the past few years, Department of Tourism (DOT) officials believe it is time to begin important projects in the region to shift tourists' attention to the country's unspoiled islands in the south.DOT Secretary Wanda... Read More

EVA Air adds direct flights to Manila, Cebu: DFA

MANILA-- EVA Air will be flying directly to Manila and Cebu three times a week beginning March 10, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Tuesday.According to the agency, the news was delivered by Philipp Wagner, EVA Air sales coordinator for Austria, Central and Eastern Europeduring a... Read More

Tourist arrivals by cruise ships surge amid dev’t of port terminals

MANILA -- Cruise tourist arrivals have surged more than a hundredfold as various infrastructure projects are being pursued by the government for the development of cruise terminals in the country.

As of January this year, cruise tourism arrivals registered an increase of 1,952.82 percent to... Read More

DOT to address Boracay rehab effect on island's laborers

MANILA -- With over 17,000 tourism employees in Boracay, the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Sunday announced it is now coordinating with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to address possible job displacements as the national government strengthens efforts to restore the island to its... Read More

Roque to recommend tourism budget increase in Tangub, MisOcc

MANILA -- After visiting a world-class viewdeck above Mt. Malindang in Tangub, Misamis Occidental, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday assured he will recommend an increase in the city's tourism projects, particularly the highly anticipated Gardens of the World.

"The Belvedare... Read More