Travel and Tourism

DOT to promote Malabon tricycle tours

MALABON -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo on Monday vowed that the agency would partner with the local government unit of Malabon to further promote its very own heritage and culinary tricycle tours."Hopefully, this will invite foreign tourists, masaya 'yan dahil wala 'yan sa... Read More

DOT sees surge in Chinese tourists with direct Xiamen-Palawan flight

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is expecting an influx of more Chinese tourists to the country with the first-ever direct charter flight from Xiamen (XMN), a coastal city in Fujian Province of China to Puerto Princesa City (PPS), Palawan starting February 2018.

On Monday, DOT... Read More

Septuagenarian tour guides add richness to Cavite museum's stories

KAWIT, Cavite -- Walking into the historic Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo (MEA) is a pleasure, even as one gazes at the historical artifacts inside.The second gallery shows the “Revolution and the Declaration of Independence.” The third exhibits “The Road to the First Republic.”... Read More

PH makes 'headway' as gastronomy hub in Asia

MANILA --With the upcoming Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) this April, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said the Philippines was "making headway" in establishing itself as a center of gastronomy in the region.During the ongoing Madrid Fusion (MF) at the Palacio del Congreso, the agency invited participants to... Read More

DOT seeks budget for restoration of old churches

MANILA -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo bared the agency's plan to propose a budget for the restoration and development of historical shrines and old churches all over the archipelago to boost faith-based tourism in the country.

The Philippines’ diversely-rich... Read More

DOT brings BHAF to Washington

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT), as it strengthens promotion of the Bring Home a Friend to the Philippines (BHAF), has now gone to Washington, D.C. to introduce the incentive program to Filipinos and Americans alike in the area.A team from the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) in New... Read More

MICE to help boost 2018 tourist arrivals target: DOT

MANILA -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said the country's target of 7.5 million foreign tourists for the whole of 2018 is an inch closer with the development of MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) Roadmap 2030.MICE visitor arrivals in the Philippines... Read More

Latest tourism visitor receipts breach 2016 data

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday released its latest data on Philippine travel and tourism performance, citing an 88.67 percent jump on visitor receipts for October 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Receipts for the month of October aggregated to about PHP31.123... Read More

Travel agencies appeal ruling on passport slots

MANILA -- Following the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) removal of accredited travel agencies' reserved slots for passport appointments, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Tuesday appealed for the agency to reconsider its decision, stressing their slot allotment is not large... Read More

ARMM sets grand festivals to attract tourists

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Tourism in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOT-ARMM) is staging several festivals to lure more tourists to visit the region, including the newly-renovated majestic Bud Bongao in Tawi-TawiDOT-ARMM Secretary Ayesha Vanessa Hajar Dilangalen on Thursday said... Read More

DOT pushes 'Bring Home A Friend' program

MANILA -- Aside from focusing on prominent tourist destinations, the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday pushed for personalized "Bring Home a Friend" program per province.In a statement, DOT Secretary Wanda Teo urged locals in every region to take part in the initiative and endorse what is... Read More

DOT implements 'first major' reshuffle of officials

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) under Secretary Wanda Teo has implemented its "first major reshuffle" of officials at the central and regional offices.Under Department Order No. ‎2017-101 dated December 29, 2017, at least 27 officials were reassigned and re-designated from their... Read More

PH's biggest travel expo targets millennial travelers

MANILA -- The Travel Tour Expo (TTE), the country's biggest travel event this year, is targetting millennial travelers, said Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) President Marlene Dado Jante.The annual event organized by the PTAA opens next month and will occupy the entire SMX Convention... Read More

UN sees 1.8-B tourists by 2030

MANILA -- Foreseeing 1.8 billion tourists travelling around the globe by 2030, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has urged the public to ensure that impacts of tourism are "positive" and "sustainable."

Given that all human activity has both advantages and disadvantages,... Read More

PH ideal venue for MICE

MANILA — Noting the steady increase in the number of Polish tourist arrivals to the Philippines and the potential of the Polish market, the Philippine government is increasing its promotion in Poland.Among the measures was the participation of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) for the first... Read More

Miss U, ASEAN Summit tide PH tourism over in 2017

MANILA -- Despite setbacks and challenges, the Philippine tourism industry still managed to breach past figures in 2017.Thanks to the country's hosting of two major of events this year -- the Miss Universe 2016 in January and the 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in... Read More

What to do in Banaue and Sagada aside from trekking

MANILA -- When you’re in Banaue, Sagada, or any other destination in the Cordilleras, you’re immediately welcomed to cool climate, mountain ranges, and rice terraces -- the perfect environment for trekking. But what if you’re not into trekking?Banaue might be the Philippines’... Read More

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