Travel and Tourism

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

DOT vows support for Manila's new tourism circuit plan

DOT vows support for Manila's new tourism circuit plan

July 10, 2019, 2:14 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday vowed support for City of Manila's bid to boost tourism following the introduction of the Manila tourism circuit plan initiated by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. "The Department of Tourism lauds the initiative of the City of… Read More

DOT records 3.4-M int’l tourists from Jan-May 2019

DOT records 3.4-M int’l tourists from Jan-May 2019

July 8, 2019, 7:03 pm

MANILA — For the first five months of 2019, a total of 3,489,270 tourists visited the Philippines, marking a 9.76 percent increase from last year’s figures, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT). “The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May… Read More

Upgraded Ormoc Airport to boost tourism in northwest Leyte

Upgraded Ormoc Airport to boost tourism in northwest Leyte

July 8, 2019, 3:32 pm

ORMOC CITY, Leyte – The development of Ormoc City Airport is a big boost to the tourism sector of Northwest Leyte Tourism Corridor, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Monday. Access and connectivity are really crucial for the tourism sector in the northwestern part of Leyte and Biliran… Read More

Korean Air to launch Incheon-Clark route in October

Korean Air to launch Incheon-Clark route in October

July 3, 2019, 3:52 pm

MANILA -- South Korean flag carrier Korean Air (KE) will launch Incheon-Clark flights, its new southeast Asian route, in October. Seven weekly flights between Clark, Philippines, and Incheon, Korea, will start by end of October, the carrier announced on Wednesday. KE cited that Clark is a popular… Read More

Avail of Taiwan travel deals at expo, Filipinos told

Avail of Taiwan travel deals at expo, Filipinos told

July 3, 2019, 3:21 pm

MANILA -- Filipinos are urged to take advantage of the recently announced extension of the Taiwan visa-free entry for the Philippines until 2020 and avail of travel deals at the July 4 Travel Madness Expo (TME) at the SMX Convention Center in Manila. According to Taipei Economic and Cultural… Read More

P25-B action plan underway to sustain Boracay gains

P25-B action plan underway to sustain Boracay gains

July 2, 2019, 8:59 pm

MANILA-- Malacanang's approval of the PHP25-billion Boracay Action Plan (BAP) signifies the Duterte administration's commitment to sustain the gains from the island's initial six-month closure, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Tuesday. "The Department of Tourism wholeheartedly… Read More

Duty Free rewards program seeks to attract more manning agencies

Duty Free rewards program seeks to attract more manning agencies

July 1, 2019, 1:03 pm

MANILA -- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) targets to double its accredited manning agencies to attract more seafarers, with its rewards program in all participating Duty Free outlets and stores nationwide by 2020. To date, seafarers from 20 DFPC-accredited manning agencies enjoy perks… Read More

Dive tourism, the next big thing in Camiguin

Dive tourism, the next big thing in Camiguin

June 27, 2019, 8:41 pm

CAMIGUIN, Northern Mindanao -- Keen on attracting the growing dive tourism market, the first-ever dive festival in the south has been launched in Camiguin, the northern tip of Mindanao, indicating the province and the region's readiness to accommodate divers. Bo Mancao, a Cebu-based international… Read More