Travel and Tourism

PH inbound tourism generates P245-B in 1H 2019

PH inbound tourism generates P245-B in 1H 2019

August 16, 2019, 3:41 pm

MANILA -- The country's tourism industry has generated some PHP245 billion in receipts from international visitors during the first six months of the year 2019, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday. The corresponding total receipts from the six-month arrivals increased by 17.57 percent… Read More

4.1-M int’l tourist arrivals in PH recorded in 1H 2019

4.1-M int’l tourist arrivals in PH recorded in 1H 2019

August 12, 2019, 8:44 am

MANILA — For the first half of 2019, a total of 4,133,050 international tourists visited the Philippines, marking an 11.43 percent increase from last year’s figures, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT). “We have already breached the 4 million mark within the first 6 months of the… Read More

DOT welcomes lifting of US public notice at NAIA

DOT welcomes lifting of US public notice at NAIA

August 9, 2019, 1:32 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed Washington's rescission of notice regarding the security conditions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), saying this sits well with the government's bid to attract more tourists to the country. “We, at DOT, are very elated… Read More

 PH rallies support for UNWTO hosting bid

PH rallies support for UNWTO hosting bid

August 8, 2019, 1:12 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), rallied support from the members of the diplomatic corps in Manila on the country's bid to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in the Philippines. The call for support was made by… Read More

Tourists to enjoy Manila Bay beach walk soon

Tourists to enjoy Manila Bay beach walk soon

August 7, 2019, 7:51 am

MANILA -- Tourists in the metropolis may soon indulge in a walk by the beach once the famous Manila Bay is officially opened to the public. "The national government will build a 50-meter beach and water treatment facilities wherein the water coming from the inland will be cleaned once it lands to… Read More

DOT all-out support for Manila tourism development

DOT all-out support for Manila tourism development

August 6, 2019, 9:20 pm

MANILA-- Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the national government stands ready to assist the City of Manila in improving its tourism industry as she lauds the initiatives of Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso in cleaning the capital. "For us, in any way that we can help the mayor, we… Read More

Creative hub for artists soon to rise in Intramuros

Creative hub for artists soon to rise in Intramuros

August 6, 2019, 8:17 pm

MANILA-- Filipinos who are in the creative industry will soon have their own hub inside the walled city of Intramuros as the Philippine government moves to establish the country's first "creative economy hub." "The creative economy hub, we will start it this year so as to further attract the youth… Read More

No drop seen on Chinese tourist arrivals: DOT chief

No drop seen on Chinese tourist arrivals: DOT chief

August 6, 2019, 7:40 pm

MANILA-- No significant drop in the arrivals of Chinese tourists is seen as the Philippine government moves to augment the visa policy for China, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday. The remarks came after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed… Read More

Leyte town counts on springs to boost tourism

Leyte town counts on springs to boost tourism

August 6, 2019, 1:48 pm

BURAUEN, Leyte – With extensive promotion and backing of experts, this town is off to a good start in its goal to market the area as the spring capital of Leyte. The local government has been consulting with industry experts on how to develop the town’s eco-tourism sites in a sustainable… Read More

Duty Free Philippines opens first supermarket inside airport

Duty Free Philippines opens first supermarket inside airport

August 2, 2019, 11:00 am

MANILA -- Passengers passing through Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be treated to a wide selection of products from chocolates, perfumes, apparel, home furnishing, wines and liquors, cigarettes, sporting goods – and even groceries. Duty Free Philippines (DFP) has… Read More

P410-M allotted to relocate informal settlers from Intramuros

P410-M allotted to relocate informal settlers from Intramuros

July 31, 2019, 8:00 pm

MANILA— An official of the Intramuros Administration (IA) said on Wednesday a total of PHP410 million was allocated to relocate at least 500 informal settlers in the walled city. ‘’There is now a program to address the informal settlers and the good thing is that there is budget made… Read More

Korean Air warns vs. phishing scams using fake e-tickets

Korean Air warns vs. phishing scams using fake e-tickets

July 29, 2019, 3:25 pm

MANILA -- South Korean flag carrier Korean Air (KE) has warned customers against phishing scams using fake e-tickets. Seungwon Chung, KE Global Communications deputy general manager, confirmed with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday that the carrier has received a few complaints regarding… Read More

El Nido rehab sans closure still viable: DOT

El Nido rehab sans closure still viable: DOT

July 26, 2019, 8:10 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the rehabilitation of El Nido, Palawan is still possible without closing some of its beaches identified by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) with a high level of fecal coliform. In a letter dated July 15, the DILG… Read More

Sustainable tourism: Luring tourists, protecting nature's gems

Sustainable tourism: Luring tourists, protecting nature's gems

July 22, 2019, 9:35 am

MANILA -- The popular promotional slogan, It's More Fun in the Philippines, is given a deeper, refreshed sense through the Duterte administration's push for sustainable tourism to attract more tourists while protecting the country's natural wonders. Sustainable tourism is all about human assets… Read More

Charter flights, stricter Boracay air travel rules hailed

Charter flights, stricter Boracay air travel rules hailed

July 17, 2019, 2:17 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday welcomed the move of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to lift its moratorium on flights to Boracay and its issuance of new and stricter guidelines on the conduct of commercial air transportation serving the resort island. DOT Secretary… Read More

PH welcomes Palawan, Cebu, Boracay Travel + Leisure ranking

PH welcomes Palawan, Cebu, Boracay Travel + Leisure ranking

July 16, 2019, 6:21 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), on Tuesday, welcomed the inclusion of Palawan, Cebu, and Boracay among the popular destinations in the 2019 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. “This citation by a major publication validates our efforts towards… Read More

Mindanao still a safe destination: DOT exec

Mindanao still a safe destination: DOT exec

July 10, 2019, 10:41 pm

MANILA -- Mindanao remains a safe place to visit, a tourism official said on Wednesday. Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III made this remark after President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned of “very dangerous times ahead” particularly in Sulu and Basilan Islands.… Read More

DOT ‘confident’ to take lead role in sustainable tourism

DOT ‘confident’ to take lead role in sustainable tourism

July 10, 2019, 7:29 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) expressed confidence that it is ready to take a “lead role” when it comes to tourism sustainability by showcasing Boracay Island as its model. In an economic briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, DOT Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III echoed DOT… Read More

DOT gears up for Dive Expo in September

DOT gears up for Dive Expo in September

July 10, 2019, 5:39 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is organizing the first Philippine International Dive Expo in Manila this September to sustain the development of the local scuba diving industry, as well as to position the Philippines as a premiere diving destination. DOT Assistant Secretary Roberto… Read More

Win tickets to Korea by joining Korean Air travel photo contest

Win tickets to Korea by joining Korean Air travel photo contest

July 10, 2019, 5:27 pm

MANILA -- Make your way to Korea using your travel photos! South Korean flag carrier, Korean Air (KE), will launch its annual travel photo contest on July 12, with 65 winners out to receive flight tickets and a plaque. So Yeon Park, KE's Global Communication Team assistant manager, told the… Read More