Travel and Tourism

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

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