Travel and Tourism

DOT to expand visa upon approval for Indian tourists

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing to expand the Visa upon Approval (VUA) policy for Indian nationals as it seeks to further increase tourist arrivals in the country.DOT Undersecretary Rolando Canizal said the agency is aiming for 100,000 Indian tourists to visit the Philippines... Read More

DOT promotes 'more fun' brand in London’s Canary Wharf

MANILA -- Images of the Philippines’ best islands, tarsier, rice terraces, and jeepney dominated the 30 digital screens and 40 static posters inside Canary Wharf’s malls in London last week.This, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) London Office, was part of the Philippine... Read More

Foreign triathletes anticipate return to PH

MANILA -- The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 might be over, but foreign triathletes are already anticipating not just next year’s competition, but also a chance to visit the Philippines anew.Over 2,700 triathletes from 52 countries participated in the 10th anniversary of the sporting event... Read More

Tianjin Cruise Port eyes PH as cruise ship destination

TIANJIN CITY, Aug. 13 -- More Chinese tourists aboard cruise ships from Tianjin International Cruise Home Port will see for themselves the beautiful islands of the Philippines in the coming years.According to Tianjin Cruise Port general manager Zhang Zhendong, the Philippines is one of the target... Read More

DOT says tourist arrivals in Negros provinces will continue to grow

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday expressed confidence that tourist arrivals in the Negros provinces would still continue to increasedespite the abolition of the Negros Island Region (NIR).“Under the current set up, the number of tourist arrivals in both Negros... Read More

Saipan's 'lucrative' casino lures Filipino gaming aficionados

MANILA, Aug. 9 -- There has been a “gradual increase” in the number of Filipinos gaming aficionados traveling to Saipan for casino gambling, a tourism marketing group said Wednesday.Aviareps, a leading tourism, hospitality, and aviation representation company, said Filipino high stake... Read More

Vietnam's tourism among world's cheapest: media

<p>HANOI, Aug. 8 -- Vietnam has been ranked among the world's most affordable destinations by news site Business Insider.The site has recently named Vietnam as a stunning tourist attraction that can be experienced on USD 20 a day or less.Eats are widely available for just USD1-2 while hostels... Read More

Chengdu Research Base remains favorite tourist destination in Sichuan

CHENGDU, Aug. 8 – The name North Panda Avenue itself gives hint why it is Chengdu’s busiest road particularly during weekends and holidays.The road, also named Xiongmao Avenue, leads tourists to the 70-hectare Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding or Chengdu Panda Base that was... Read More