Travel and Tourism

Sports Illustrated to feature PH beaches in next cover photo

MANILA -- Philippines beaches will be welcoming top models, photographers, and other staff of American sports magazine Sports Illustrated next month.Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary for Media Affairs Kat de Castro said that this comes after Sports Illustrated has chosen to feature the... Read More

Fort Santiago, other Intramuros spots 'open house' on Sept. 23-24

MANILA -- Certain areas in Intramuros such as Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Casa Manila will offer free visitor admission this weekend (September 23 and 24) in celebration of World Tourism Day.“We will be opening up Intramuros for the public this weekend. On September 23 and 24,... Read More

Top Chinese tour operator mulls charter flights to Palawan, Bohol

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday announced that one of the biggest Chinese tour operators, Hanglu Group, mulls mounting charter flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Bohol by next year.DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning Benito Bengzon Jr. said Hanglu informed... Read More

Coron resort earns 2017 TripAdvisor certificate of excellence

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Club Paradise, a luxury private island resort in Coron, is proud to have earned a TripAdvisor’ 2017 Certificate of Excellence anew.In a statement on Friday, Club Paradise Palawan hotel manager Joegil Escobar said the breathtaking resort, now on its seventh... Read More

Palawan underground river in CNN’s '50 Natural Wonders'

MANILA -- A US-based travel site has included the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan in its "Natural Wonders" list.The Subterranean River was ranked 30th on the updated list of 50 natural wonders of CNN Travel, the travel vertical site of US news channel, CNN.“Nominated as one of... Read More

DOT set to reopen Toronto office next year

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to reopen its office in Toronto, Canada by 2018, a Tourism official said Tuesday.DOT Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy Czarina Zara-Loyola made this announcement after the recent visit of Secretary Wanda Teo to Toronto to attend the Philippine... Read More

Romblon gears up for biggest Mimaropa festival

MANILA -- The island-province of Romblon is set to prove that it is more than just the "Marble Capital of the Philippines" as it plays host to the biggest festival in the region this November.Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo made this statement urging tourists to visit the province to... Read More

PH tapestry turns heads in Canada

MANILA -- Ibaloi fabric, Abaca, Piña, T’nalak, Inaul, Yakan, Mindanao Silk and Pis Syabit are only some of the fabrics expected to turn heads in a Philippine tapestry fashion collection in Canada this week.Organized by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and its marketing arm,... Read More

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