Travel and Tourism

Zambo's Busay Falls eyed as eco-tourism site

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A barangay in this city is eyeing to open to prospective investors to help them develop Busay Falls into an eco-tourism site.This was the plan of Joselito Macrohon, barangay chair of San Roque, citing P700 million is needed to develop the scenic waterfalls into an eco-tourism site... Read More

Mobile app seen to boost Ormoc’s tourism

ORMOC CITY, Leyte -- The city government is eyeing more tourists with the recent launching of a mobile application designed to promote the city as a tourism destination.Dubbed as myormoc app, the technology seeks to update tourists on the latest festival, where to stay, tourism activities, and other... Read More

Filipina-British 'Bond girl' to promote PH as fun destination

BORACAY ISLAND -- A British-Filipina actress and writer is in the country to promote several tourism sights as fun destinations.Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, or simply Rachel Grant, said she will be documenting at least seven stories to boost the Philippine tourism industry.Grant is known as a... Read More

DOT launches farm tourism promoting "Made in PH" experiences

MANILA --To introduce new experiences to domestic and international visitors that can be branded "Made in the Philippines", the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday launched its Farm Tourism program in Makati City, offering the best farm destinations throughout the country. 

According to DOT... Read More

Boracay promoted among Japanese women travelers

ILOILO CITY -- The world-renowned Boracay is featured in an international tourism drive “Fun Budget Campaign Japan”, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas.“Fun Budget Campaign Japan” is a series of branded content featuring popular Key Opinion... Read More

TravCorp launches upscale ‘Escorted Journeys’ in PH

MANILA -- Launchingits 2018 Luxury Escorted Journeys, The Travel Corporation (TravCorp) on Friday said the latest upscale product of their brand collaboration expects higher feedback rate from the Philippines, being a "resilient" market, with Filipinos being one of their avid travelers.

"The... Read More

DOT welcomes SoKor as Asia Cruise Cooperation's 6th member

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as the newest member of the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) group.“The Philippines welcomes the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of Korea as the sixth member of the Asia Cruise Cooperation... Read More

PTAA eyes travel agency school

MANILA --The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Thursday said that it is reviving plans to open a travel agency school to increase the manpower pool and professionalize the industry.

PTAA president Marlene Dado Jante, in a statement, said the travel group would initially partner... Read More

Marawi liberation proves gov’t working to make PH safe: DOT

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday welcomed the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte this week that Marawi City is liberated from terrorists after more than four months of battle against the ISIS-inspired Maute group.“Our government has proven that it can contain and... Read More

DOT allots P2-M to boost Zamboanga tourism

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allotted some PHP2 million for a product enhancement initiative meant to revive Zamboanga tourism.In partnership with the DOT, the city government of Zamboanga launched the "Mi Ciudad Limpyo Y Floriao" (My City, Clean and Bloom), a cleanliness and... Read More

Russian envoy wants to promote Coron as tourist destination

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev wants to promote the town among his compatriots as a tourism destination.Khovaev, who arrived Tuesday in the municipality for a three-day cultural and language training-seminar about his country, was accompanied by... Read More

Taiwan grants visa-free entry for Filipinos starting November

MANILA --Filipinos can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan from Nov.1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines announced on Monday.

TECO said Filipinos can stay in Taiwan for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives and attending... Read More

DOT ‘Bring Home a Friend to the PH’ now accepting entries

MANILA -- Entries are now being accepted for the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Bring Home a Friend to the Philippines (BHAF), an incentive program that encourages Filipinos to help promote tourism by inviting foreign friends for “a reunion of sorts.”The contest, which runs from... Read More

NZ immigration expert: Tap only licensed immigration advisers

MANILA -- As more Filipinos travel overseas, either as tourists, students, workers or immigrants, so are the cases of those being victimized by unlicensed travel agents or immigration advisers.Thus, an official of the New Zealand Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) urged Filipino travellers to be... Read More

P100-M wharf to rise in Puerto Princesa Underground River

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A sophisticated and world-class integrated wharf, estimated to cost about PHP100-million, is expected to rise middle of 2018 in this city at Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan, home of the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR).Elizabeth Maclang,... Read More

PAL to start Clark-Virac route on December 15

MANILA -- Starting December 15, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will offer the Clark – Virac route thrice weekly, the airline said Wednesday.PAL cited that there is a clamor for it among the residents of Catanduanes, and that Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento has been in... Read More

Manila cruise port to open before end of Duterte term

MANILA -- To meet the growing demand for cruise lines in key Philippine destinations, a cruise port facility will be opening in Manila before the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday made this announcement during the signing of a memorandum of... Read More

Global premium brands eye increased presence in PH

MANILA -- More global premium brands are expected to increase their presence in the Philippines in anticipation of the growth of Chinese tourists in the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Monday.Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo made this statement after the recently-concluded 2017 Duty-Free... Read More

NegOcc’s Panaad Fest makes it to tourism award's Hall of Fame

BACOLOD CITY -- The province of Negros Occidental won big in the 2017 Pearl Awards, making it to the Hall of Fame after the Panaad sa Negros Festival was hailed Best Tourism Event - Provincial Festival category for three straight years.This year’s awards rites, organized by the Association of... Read More

French have ‘growing interest’ in PH: DOT

MANILA -- French tourists continue to have a growing interest in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said, noting there has been a steady rise in the number of tourists visiting the country.Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo made this statement after leading a Philippine delegation to the... Read More