Travel and Tourism

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

AirAsia plane makes emergency landing in Japan's Okinawa

TOKYO -- A Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X plane made an emergency landing Monday at Okinawa's Naha airport following engine trouble, the transport ministry here said.According to the ministry, none of the 379 passengers and crew members aboard the flight bound for Kuala Lumpur were injured in... Read More

A day in Yangon: The ultimate itinerary

YANGON, Myanmar -- If you're still having a hard time on which place to visit on your next vacation trip, you may consider visiting the city of Yangon in Myanmar.Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and the former capital of the country until 2006 before the country's capital was transferred to Nay... Read More

DOT focuses on air connectivity improvement to double Chinese arrivals

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is exerting effort to improve the country's air connectivity as it targets to increase Chinese tourist arrivals by 1.5 million this year after coming close to its one million mark in 2017.

“This year, we are aiming higher and we are targeting 1.5... Read More

Tourist arrivals in Antique seen rising 20% in 2018

DANAO, Iloilo -- With the Department of Tourism's (DOT) continued promotion for emerging destinations in the country, effects had been evident with the fast-growing tourist arrivals in Antique, which has overtaken some bigger provinces like Guimaras in terms of visitor growth for Region 6.

In... Read More

Business as usual in Boracay, tourist traffic remains same: DOT

MANILA -- It is business as usual in Boracay as tourist traffic remains relatively similar or heavier as compared to the past days and weeks amid the island's environmental issues, Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 Director Helen Catalbas said.The statement came after top officials of the DOT,... Read More

DOT: Tourist arrival in January reach "all-time high" record

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that tourist arrivals in the country reached an "all-time high" record in January, breaching last year's figure by 15.97 percent with 732,506 foreign visitors in the Philippines.The figures gathered by the DOT Tourism Research and Statistics... Read More

'Dive Philippines' promotion a hit in Moscow: embassy

MANILA -- Dive spots in the Philippines were among the center of attention at the Moscow Dive Show, an annual international exhibition that caters to the diving community in Russia, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow said.Jeffrey Valdez, head of the embassy's economic section, said tourism promotion... Read More

Melco’s luxury hotel brand bags 2018 Forbes five-star award

MANILA -- Listed Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited on Tuesday said its new luxury hotel brand, NÜWA City of Dreams Manila, attained the highest ranking of Five-Star in the 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Awards, considered as the annual “Oscars” of the hotel industry.The prestigious... Read More

Where to spend Valentine's? Visit Calabarzon's finest romantic spots

MANILA-- Planning to spend Valentine's Day with your loved ones outside the metropolis? Spend V-Dayenjoying nature's beauty just a few hours away from the city -- in the beautiful provinces of Rizal and Laguna in Calabarzon region. The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pitching for these two tourist... Read More

European aerial acrobats get ‘warmest welcome ever’ from Filipinos

MANILA -- As the 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) kicked off their first day of "everything that flies" week, one of its main attractions this year, the Flying Circus Aerosuperbatics WingWalkers from the United Kingdom said Filipinos accorded them the "warmest welcome"... Read More

Tourism still a 'strong pillar' of PH-Israel ties

MANILA -- With more Filipinos visiting the Holy Land last year, Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau said tourism proved to be a "strong pillar" of Philippine-Israel bilateral relationship.“Israel is the promised land and the land of many promises which create the foundation... Read More

Sunrise, Sunset, and Stupas

BAGAN, Myanmar -- I love to catch sunrise and sunset.The ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar, one of the 10 member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), let me experienced one of the best sunrises and sunsets in my life. Maybe, experiencing this in a different country also made it... Read More

‘Lowest of lows’ deals expected at Travel Tour Expo 2018 

MANILA -- Philippine Travel Agencies Association president Marlene Dado Jante on Tuesday said “lowest of lows in terms of pricing for all the travel deals and packages” would be offered during the Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2018, the biggest travel fair in the Philippines.

“This... Read More

PH to host World’s Strongest Man 2018 this summer

CLARK, Pampanga -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday officially announced that the 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) would be held in the Philippines from April to May 2018.

According to DOT Undersecretary Katherine De Castro, the WSM is just one international event the DOT is... Read More

Expect greater, jampacked hot air balloon fiesta this year

CLARK, Pampanga -- Department of Tourism (DOT) and Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) organizers on Tuesday said the public is about to witness an even grander PIHABF this year with the introduction of AeroSuperBatics Wingwalker in their “A Weekend of Everything that... Read More

MSMEs urged to invest in tourism

MANILA -- The current year is a perfect time for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to engage in tourism-related businesses “to actively help attract international investors to the country,” the Department of Tourism said.

DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation,... Read More