Travel and Tourism

PH may hit 8.2M target tourist arrivals before 2020

PH may hit 8.2M target tourist arrivals before 2020

December 27, 2019, 6:48 pm

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is optimistic the country would hit its targeted 8.2 million foreign tourist arrivals even though only four days are left until the end of December 2019. The projection came as the Philippine government on Friday welcomed its 8-millionth foreign tourist to… Read More

 Japanese couple is PH's 8-millionth tourist

Japanese couple is PH's 8-millionth tourist

December 27, 2019, 6:03 pm

MANILA -- The country's 8-millionth foreign tourist, who arrived on Friday, is a Japanese couple who frequents the Philippines for its lush mangoes and hospitable people. Husband and wife, Tamio and Yachiyo Imamoto, were welcomed by the Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III… Read More

Less trash collected in Luneta during Christmas this year

Less trash collected in Luneta during Christmas this year

December 27, 2019, 2:13 pm

MANILA -- The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), on Friday reported it collected less trash in Luneta (Rizal Park) this Christmas season compared to last year. NPDC executive director Cecile Lorenzana-Romero said from December 24 to… Read More

Davao City rakes in 2.34M visitors in November 2019

Davao City rakes in 2.34M visitors in November 2019

December 27, 2019, 10:59 am

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Tourism Operations Office (DCTOO) recorded some 2.34 million visitors as of November this year, an official said in a statement on Thursday. Generose Tecson, CTOO head, said this figure is higher than that of the similar last year, which only had 2.17 million. "I… Read More

Siargao gets int'l praise as 8th best 2020 holiday destination

Siargao gets int'l praise as 8th best 2020 holiday destination

December 24, 2019, 5:02 pm

MANILA -- Philippine destinations are on a roll this year, with Siargao earning the latest international praise from luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, which named it eighth among 20 best holiday destinations for 2020. Described as a tiny Philippine island giving Bali a run for its… Read More

Duty Free, BI partner for new online shopping system

Duty Free, BI partner for new online shopping system

December 24, 2019, 4:21 pm

MANILA-- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will introduce in January 2020 a new online shopping validation system that will effectively verify legitimate duty free shoppers. The memorandum of agreement, signed by DFPC chief operating officer Vicente… Read More

Mindanao, Palawan seen to play key role in East ASEAN growth

Mindanao, Palawan seen to play key role in East ASEAN growth

December 24, 2019, 2:55 pm

MANILA --  Mindanao and Palawan are seen to play a significant role in the sustainable development of the eastern part of Southeast Asia. The consensus surfaced during the 2nd Budayaw Festival held last November in the City of Kuching in the Federal State of Sarawak, Malaysia, a biennial event… Read More

Duty Free to hold grand Xmas sale on Saturday

Duty Free to hold grand Xmas sale on Saturday

December 18, 2019, 5:25 pm

MANILA -- Government-owned Duty Free Philippines will be holding a two-day "grand Christmas sale" at its flagship store in Parañaque City from December 21 to 22. Duty Free Philippines announced that up to 50 percent will be slashed on its imported and local products at the Fiestamall from 10 a.m.… Read More

SoKor eyes relaxed visa measure for Asean states

SoKor eyes relaxed visa measure for Asean states

December 18, 2019, 4:29 pm

MANILA -- The South Korean government is planning to implement a relaxed visa measure for citizens of the 10-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, the state-funded Yonhap News Agency said in a report. Yonhap reported on December 12 that four major policy measures, including… Read More

Sports tourism boosts tourist arrivals in Dumaguete

Sports tourism boosts tourist arrivals in Dumaguete

December 15, 2019, 5:04 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY -- The city government has attributed the steady increase in tourist arrivals here for the last three years to sports tourism in the country. A data released by the City Public Information Office over the weekend showed that arrivals of tourists have grown significantly from 529,414… Read More

New app features iconic Metro Manila dishes

New app features iconic Metro Manila dishes

December 12, 2019, 5:21 pm

MANILA -- A new mobile application featuring the iconic dishes in Metro Manila has been unveiled on Thursday as part of the Department of Tourism's (DOT) bid to promote the evolving food tourism in the National Capital Region (NCR). The app called "MyMetroManila", available on Google Play Store,… Read More

PH safe to tourists amid reported kidnappings: DOT

PH safe to tourists amid reported kidnappings: DOT

December 11, 2019, 4:01 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday assured foreign visitors that the Philippines remains safe to tourists as coordination continues between the agency and local law enforcement offices. The assurance was made following the reported kidnapping cases in the country mostly… Read More

DOT, malls to kick off PH's first nationwide sale in March 2020

DOT, malls to kick off PH's first nationwide sale in March 2020

December 11, 2019, 2:10 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) and major malls across the country partnered to attract highly-coveted shoppers from China and other Asian nations with its planned month-long nationwide shopping event in March 2020. Dubbed "Philippine Fun Sale", DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said… Read More

10-month foreign tourist arrivals up 15% to 6.8-M

10-month foreign tourist arrivals up 15% to 6.8-M

December 9, 2019, 10:38 am

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the continued upward trend in Philippine international tourist arrivals, tallying over 6.8 million visitors for another double-digit increase for the first ten months of the year. According to the monthly report released by the DOT, the country… Read More

DOT promotes Panay’s farm, culinary tourism

DOT promotes Panay’s farm, culinary tourism

December 7, 2019, 5:06 pm

ILOILO CITY -- Known for its fresh local farm products and ingredients, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is promoting Panay’s potential on-farm and culinary skills. DOT’s “Kain Na!” culinary and travel festival gathers together the local dishes prepared by local chefs, farm tourism sites… Read More

DOT lauds Mactan-Cebu airport win at World Architecture Fest

DOT lauds Mactan-Cebu airport win at World Architecture Fest

December 6, 2019, 1:54 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday lauded the team behind the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 for winning the top prize in the Completed Buildings-Transport category at the World Architecture Festival in The Netherlands. The event, dubbed as the world's largest, live,… Read More

NegOr tourist arrivals up 13% in first 8 months of 2019

NegOr tourist arrivals up 13% in first 8 months of 2019

December 3, 2019, 6:47 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY - The number of tourist arrivals in Negros Oriental for the first eight months of this year is a 13.02-percent increase compared to the same period last year. Official data from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) on Tuesday showed that from January to August this year, a total of… Read More

PH launches tourism microsite for SEA Games visitors

PH launches tourism microsite for SEA Games visitors

December 3, 2019, 12:42 pm

FROM TOURNAMENTS TO TOURS. The tourism microsite, which can be accessed through philippines.travel/seagames2019, features various sports activities, the Philippines’ cultural heritage sites, beaches, local cuisines, and products. It will help SEA Games visitors -- both foreign and local… Read More

DOT taps int’l media for PH promotion

DOT taps int’l media for PH promotion

December 2, 2019, 8:23 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with international media to showcase the Philippines and boost tourist arrivals from different parts of the world. The DOT has placed advertisements showcasing different tourist attractions in media, such as the Discovery Channel, Fox, CNN,… Read More

DOT upbeat to hit target of 8.2M foreign tourist arrivals in 2019

DOT upbeat to hit target of 8.2M foreign tourist arrivals in 2019

December 2, 2019, 6:51 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is confident that the country will meet its 8.2-million targeted foreign tourist arrivals by the end of 2019, citing the already high numbers of visitors for the first nine months of the year. "Ang ganda ng mga reports na natatanggap namin that's why we're… Read More