Travel and Tourism

2 Miss Universe 2017 candidates extend PH tour

MANILA -- Following a six-day trip in the Philippines with the Miss Universe delegation, the Miss Universe candidates from Canada and Malaysia have decided to extend their visit this week courtesy of Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters.In an interview, Department of Tourism Undersecretary Kat De... Read More

Big waves temporarily halt Underground River tours

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – More than 900 foreign and domestic tourists were temporarily prevented Saturday morning from entering the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) cavern in Sabang, Cabayugan due to big waves.Jan Elmer Badilla, spokesperson and staff of the Puerto Princesa... Read More

Miss Universe 2017, other bets to visit PH

MANILA -- Right after winning the Miss Universe 2017 crown last November 26, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa, together with her predecessor Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere and select candidates are set to visit Manila and parts of the Philippines this week.In a press conference Monday,... Read More

PH, Spain partner for sustainable tourism in Intramuros

MANILA -- The Spanishgovernment in collaboration with the Philippines revealed efforts to integrate the human resources in Intramuros to make activities within the so-called walled city more sustainable and attractive to tourists."In Spain, a country of tourism, we have almost 50 sites that are... Read More

Expect more 'vibrant' 2018 tourism promotion in Calabarzon

MANILA -- Following its last tourismactivityfor 2017, Department of Tourism (DOT) Calabarzon said 2018 is expected to witness a more vibrant tourism promotion."By next year, we will have more training to improve our human resources, we will be putting our thrust to ecotourism, farm tourism, and... Read More

Dasmariñas City all set for 6th ‘Paru-Paro’ Festival

DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite -- This city is slated to observe its annual butterfly-inspired “Paru-Paro” festival on Nov. 26 with city folks and participants donning colorful butterfly costumes and revelry motifs.Mayor Elpidio F. Barzaga Jr. is expected to lead city officials, students... Read More

Reg’l trade fair highlights west Visayas heritage products

ILOILO CITY -- This year’s week-long regional trade fair of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has showcased heritage products of Western Visayas.The event gathered close to 100 exhibitors from the six provinces of Western Visayas, bringing with them “heritage items,”... Read More

ASEAN, China to promote cruise, yacht tourism to boost arrivals

MANILA -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and China have agreed to promote seamless connectivity through cruise and yacht tourism to boost tourist arrivals between them.In a joint statement on tourism cooperation available on the ASEAN website, ASEAN and China also... Read More

Baguio tourist arrivals up 12% Jan-Sept. 2017

BAGUIO CITY -- Tourist arrivals in the city increased by 12.81 percent in January to September this year.Acting City Tourism Officer Jose Maria Rivera said a total of 1,013,704 tourists visited the city for the first nine months of the year, higher by 115,100 as compared to the same period last... Read More

Bacolod showcases Fil-Indian culture thru Diwali Festival

BACOLOD CITY – The City of Bacolod continues to showcase the Filipino-Indian culture and tradition through the Diwali Festival that will be held in various venues here on November 8-12.Diwali, considered as India’s biggest and most important holiday held either in October or November... Read More

5 cruise ships to visit Boracay

BORACAY Island, Aklan -- At least five cruise ships are expected to arrive in this resort island before the year ends, an official of the Caticlan Jetty Ports administration said Thursday.Jetty port administrator Niven Maquirang said at least two of these cruise ships have already confirmed their... Read More

Puerto Princesa’s cruise tourism shows promise in 2018

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Cruise tourism here looks promising next year with the expected arrival of nine pleasure voyages starting January.This shows that Puerto Princesa is actively participating in the growth of cruise ship tourism in the country, which has grown more than 50 percent... Read More

Tawi-Tawi tourism booming; tourist arrival up three folds

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The province of Tawi-Tawi is experiencing a tourism boom with visitor arrivals increasing three folds this year as compared to the previous year. This, as the province is attracting tourists, both local and foreign, even as Mindanao is under martial law since the second quarter of... Read More

Visa upon arrival to attract millions of Mazuist to PH

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday said the implementation of the visa upon arrival (VUA) program will drive more Chinese tourists, particularly followers of Mazuism to look at the Philippines as its next festival hub.In 2009, the Mazu culture has been added to the “List of... Read More

Tourists banned from climbing Australia's iconic Uluru after 2019

CANBERRA -- Australia's Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board has voted unanimously to ban climbing the iconic Uluru, the world's largest rock.The historic decision was announced by the board, which is made up of eight indigenous traditional land owners and three representatives from National Parks,... Read More

'Motorcycle tourism' seen to link riders in Calabarzon-proposed routes

STA ROSA, Laguna -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) plans to link bike riders all over Luzon in its proposed route loops in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas. Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon) as it partnered with several motorcycle clubs in the Philippines.At the Breakfast Ride Season 2 event in Sta Rosa,... Read More

Calabarzon targets 20% hike in 2017 tourist arrivals

STA ROSA, Laguna -- The Department of Tourism Region IV-A expects at least 15 to 20 percent increase in tourist arrivals to Calabarzon by the end of the year.In an interview, Rebecca Villanueva-Labit, director for DOT Region 4-A said tourist arrival in 2016 reached at least 26 million for same day... Read More

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