Travel and Tourism

The Pangasinan Nomad: unofficial tourism ambassador

CALASIAO, Pangasinan – Before the vlogger and Tiktok era, The Pangasinan Nomad page was the primary source of information on where and what to explore in the province of Pangasinan.The Pangasinan Nomad with over 24,000 followers at present is the personal blog page of Rodolfo Manandeg Jr. of... Read More

Cultural, heritage sites severely damaged by quake: DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported severe damage to cultural and heritage sites in several parts of northern Luzon following the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Abra on July 27.In a statement sent Wednesday night, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco ordered... Read More

Legazpi's refurbished Kalayaan Park seen to draw more visitors

LEGAZPI CITY – After seven months of refurbishing and sprucing up, another tourism-oriented project is now open to the public and is anticipated to draw more visitors to this city.The Kalayaan Park (Freedom Park) is a 1.3-hectare area located in Barangay Gogon that showcases state-of-the-art... Read More

Gov't eyes incentivizing sustainable tourism practices

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking at the possibility of incentivizing sustainable tourism practices.In a post-State of the Nation Address forum on Tuesday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco sought the introduction of incentives for tourism stakeholders who she said would be... Read More

Airlines welcome Marcos plan to build more int'l airports

MANILA – Local carriers on Monday welcomed President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s plan to upgrade the airports and build more international airports in the country.In his first State of the Nation Address, Marcos said doing so would improve connectivity to strategic locations. Further,... Read More

Over 650K tourists visit Aurora in first half of 2022

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The number of tourist arrivals in the province of Aurora reached over 650,000 in the first half of this year.Data from the Aurora Tourism Office showed that a total of 653,054 tourists visited the province from January to June, an indication that the province's... Read More

DOT supports Nat'l Museum, offers help in promoting museums

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco on Wednesday affirmed the department’s full support to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) during her attendance at the 3rd quarter regular Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting at the National Museum in... Read More

Legazpi City tourist arrivals up by 300% from last year

LEGAZPI CITY – The number of tourist arrivals in this city increased by more than 300 percent this year compared to the same period last year.This, after the City Tourism Office (CTO) officially announced early this year that national and local organizations could already conduct their... Read More

More Manila-Cambodia flights starting September

MANILA– Passengers of the Philippines will have more options going to Cambodia as flag carrier Philippine Airlines will mount additional flights from Manila beginning September 1. According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), PAL is the only carrier that has a direct flight... Read More

Stargaze, see fireflies glow in Puerto Princesa

MANILA – Palawan's heavily forested setting has blessed Puerto Princesa, an attraction you can also find in most pristine places in the Philippines, an unmatched view of constellations in the sky and a night with fireflies enchantingly fluttering in the trees.The unique experience is offered... Read More

Boracay, Palawan and Cebu hailed World's Best Islands

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has lauded the naming of the country's three island destinations among "The 25 Best Islands in the World" by the New York-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure (T+L).Boracay Island featuring its postcard-perfect sunset ranked 9th in the T+L World's... Read More

AirAsia PH to resume Bali, Bangkok flights on July 17

MANILA -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines on Friday announced the resumption of its services between Manila and Bali, Indonesia, and Bangkok, Thailand, beginning July 17. The carrier had planned to relaunch these routes last April. The resumption, however, got delayed as it depended on the... Read More

DOT urges Bicol LGUs to create 'tourist cops'

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) in Bicol with top destination sites to create their Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOPCOP) to hasten the tourism industry’s recovery from the pandemic.In an interview... Read More

Boracay's inclusion in TIME's 50 World’s Greatest Places hailed

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) hails the inclusion of Boracay Island among TIME's 50 extraordinary destinations to explore in 2022."The DOT affirms its pride and honor as Boracay Island once again proved its allure as a tourist haven. Such recognition will surely help us attain our... Read More

PH listed among 40 'most beautiful' countries

MANILA – New York-based Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) has recognized the Philippines' charm once again, listing it as one of the 40 most beautiful countries in the world.The Philippines, joined by South Africa, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the United States, was cited for the natural... Read More

DOT lauds Cebu-based group’s win in int’l dance tilt

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the performance of the Cebu-based Tribu Lumad Basakanon which has recently earned the top spot in the international category of The Powerful Daegu Festival in South Korea.Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, who hails from Cebu and a Sto.... Read More

Frasco promises 'inclusive' tourism for Muslim Filipinos

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco on Saturday vowed inclusive and sustainable tourism as the country's Muslim community observes Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).Frasco earlier said she will help develop and promote Mindanao as a tourist destination.On June 7, she met with DOT... Read More

Tourism chief kicks off 'listening tours' in Visayas, Mindanao

CEBU CITY – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco urged the agency's regional offices in the Visayas and Mindanao to continuously reach out to local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders to ensure the alignment of tourism development initiatives.In the first leg of... Read More

'Baragatan' in Palawan: Rising from 'Odette', pandemic

MANILA – Palawan, over the past two years, was struck not only by one but two crises -- the devastating pandemic that halted its tourism activities and the catastrophic Typhoon Odette that battered its towns last December.For the most of 2020 and 2021, it either only accepted tourists under a... Read More

Domestic travels reach over 37M last year: DOT

MANILA – Domestic tourism continues to rise from the pandemic slump with local trips in 2021 reaching 37.27 million.Based on the latest data presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday, these figures are 38.16 percent higher than the 26.98 million recorded in 2020.While domestic... Read More