Travel and Tourism

DOT eyes more sites in Eastern Visayas for cruise tourism

DOT eyes more sites in Eastern Visayas for cruise tourism

February 6, 2024, 3:20 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office is searching for more sites in the region that can accommodate more tourists who are part of a cruise. DOT Eastern Visayas regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes told the Philippine News Agency Tuesday that they are particularly… Read More

PH revives Philippine Tourism Awards

PH revives Philippine Tourism Awards

February 2, 2024, 9:57 pm

MANILA – The national government is set to recognize the country’s outstanding travel stakeholders through the revival of the Philippine Tourism Awards (PTA) this year. The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the 2024 PTA, which is envisioned to become the “highest and most prestigious… Read More

‘Biggest’ PH travel expo opens; Spratlys among tours on sale

‘Biggest’ PH travel expo opens; Spratlys among tours on sale

February 2, 2024, 8:58 pm

MANILA – The 2024 Travel Tour Expo (TTE), touted as the biggest travel fair of its kind in the Philippines, has opened its doors to the public on Friday, offering discounted tour packages to popular and undiscovered destinations across the country. One of the unique offerings at the three-day… Read More

PH seen to ‘fully recover’ pre-pandemic tourist arrivals in 2024

PH seen to ‘fully recover’ pre-pandemic tourist arrivals in 2024

February 1, 2024, 3:37 pm

MANILA – The Philippines is expected to recover its pre-pandemic level of foreign visitors, with arrivals predicted to reach 8.21 million by end of 2024, Fitch Solutions unit BMI said. In an industry trend analysis dated Jan. 31, the BMI said the sector’s full recovery would likely be driven… Read More

Bolinao eyes Silaki Island as new community-based tourist destination

Bolinao eyes Silaki Island as new community-based tourist destination

January 31, 2024, 9:20 pm

BOLINAO, Pangasinan – More than the usual sightseeing and leisure tourism, the local government of Bolinao is eyeing to offer an environmental awareness and educational tour eyed to promote an island here as a tourism hub while sustaining and protecting the aquamarine environment. The… Read More

3 PH cities, 21 stakeholders feted in ASEAN Tourism Awards 2024

3 PH cities, 21 stakeholders feted in ASEAN Tourism Awards 2024

January 31, 2024, 5:50 pm

MANILA – Three cities and 21 tourism stakeholders from the Philippines have been recognized during the 2024 ASEAN Tourism Standard Awards in Vientiane, Laos. The awarding ceremony was one of the activities in the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024 which ran from Jan. 22 to 27, the Department of Tourism… Read More

6 Bicol getaways for the long weekends

6 Bicol getaways for the long weekends

January 31, 2024, 4:16 pm

DARAGA, Albay – In Bicol, the long weekends beckon with the promise of rest and adventure. Whether it is a slow and leisurely getaway or a fast-paced and daring escapade, this region, situated at the southernmost tip of Luzon, is a travel mecca for holidaymakers wanting a respite from the… Read More

Firm offers courier service for Palaweños seeking South Korean visas 

Firm offers courier service for Palaweños seeking South Korean visas 

January 30, 2024, 8:45 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan - Residents of this province who want to travel to South Korea no longer need to go to Metro Manila to apply for their visas.  Local courier service provider W Express will launch its Postal Service Visa Application (PSVA) service on Feb. 1 in partnership with the Korea… Read More

DOT to host international dive expo in Feb 2024

DOT to host international dive expo in Feb 2024

January 29, 2024, 8:28 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to host the largest platform for the diving community, Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX), from Feb. 23 to 25, 2024 at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City. In a statement on Monday, DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said the… Read More

P6-M boat enhancement project boosts 'butanding' tourism in Sorsogon

P6-M boat enhancement project boosts 'butanding' tourism in Sorsogon

January 24, 2024, 9:04 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 42 boat operators and 200 front-liners in a tourist destination town in Sorsogon province have benefited from the Boat Enhancement Project under the Kagandahan (Beautification) program of the provincial government of Sorsogon. In a follow-up interview on Wednesday, Bobby… Read More

Dinagyang to highlight Iloilo as UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Dinagyang to highlight Iloilo as UNESCO City of Gastronomy

January 24, 2024, 8:43 pm

ILOILO CITY – Local and foreign guests joining this year’s Dinagyang Festival can see or taste for themselves why Iloilo City is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Gastronomy. A wide selection of Ilonggo cuisines will be featured when the food… Read More

Duty Free PH generates $102.9-M sales in 2023

Duty Free PH generates $102.9-M sales in 2023

January 24, 2024, 8:16 am

MANILA – The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) has generated USD102.9 million last year, posting a 53 percent growth from its USD67.3 million sales in 2022. In a briefing on Tuesday night, DFPC Chief Operating Officer Vicente Pelagio Angala said the agency would double efforts to sustain… Read More

Talong Festival celebrates farmers’ good harvest in Pangasinan town

Talong Festival celebrates farmers’ good harvest in Pangasinan town

January 19, 2024, 9:24 pm

VILLASIS, Pangasinan – The aroma of different eggplant dishes and desserts, colorful costumes of street dancers, and the usual hospitality of this town greeted residents and visitors to the Talong (eggplant) Festival 2024 on Friday. The municipal government ditched the Pinakbet sa Kawa (a dish… Read More

4 festivals draw tourists to Bulacan this January

4 festivals draw tourists to Bulacan this January

January 18, 2024, 8:06 pm

CITY OF MALOLOS – Thousands of tourists are drawn to the province of Bulacan as three towns and a city celebrate their festivals this month. In Guiguinto town, officials and residents opened the 26th Halamanan Festival on Thursday, which showcases the locals' love for ornamental plants,… Read More

Palawan posts almost 90% rise in tourist arrivals in 2023

Palawan posts almost 90% rise in tourist arrivals in 2023

January 18, 2024, 8:02 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The tourism sector in this province posted significant gains in 2023, with an almost 90 percent increase in tourist arrivals compared to the previous year. In its latest report, the Provincial Tourism Promotions and Development Office (PTPDO) disclosed that a total of… Read More

Negros Or intensifies tourism efforts, targets 500K tourists in 2024

Negros Or intensifies tourism efforts, targets 500K tourists in 2024

January 18, 2024, 7:46 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – The provincial government of Negros Oriental vowed to double the number of tourist arrivals this year as it embarks on an aggressive tourism campaign. Woodrow Maquiling Jr., Provincial Tourism Board Executive Director and concurrent chair of the Provincial Tourism Council, told… Read More

Catanduanes eyes major tourism boost via digital promotion

Catanduanes eyes major tourism boost via digital promotion

January 16, 2024, 6:39 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Catanduanes Tourism Office, bolstered by a significant increase in visitor arrivals last year, said Tuesday it will step up its promotion of the province through a digital platform to sustain the upward trend. In an interview, Carmel Garcia, Catanduanes Tourism Office chief,… Read More

Padre Pio shrine in Batangas aims for int'l shrine status

Padre Pio shrine in Batangas aims for int'l shrine status

January 16, 2024, 2:32 pm

MANILA – The National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas is looking to attain the status of an international shrine. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website on Tuesday reported that the national shrine is aspiring for such stature, according to a… Read More

Puerto Princesa's 'Subaraw' festival nominated for PH LEAF Awards

Puerto Princesa's 'Subaraw' festival nominated for PH LEAF Awards

January 15, 2024, 8:56 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The tourism sector here just received a post-pandemic boost when an annual event celebrating the city’s majestic Underground River was nominated for the Philippine LEAF Awards’ Outstanding Festival Category. Mayor Lucilo Bayron told reporters on Monday that fresh… Read More

Bolinao town records 635.8K tourist arrivals in 2023

Bolinao town records 635.8K tourist arrivals in 2023

January 12, 2024, 5:20 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – A total of 635,935 tourists visited the different travel destinations in Bolinao town, Pangasinan in 2023, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Domestic tourists accounted for the bulk of the visitors at 613,936 while foreign tourists totalled to 21,999, Bolinao Tourism Office… Read More