Travel and Tourism

Largest travel expo in PH opens

Largest travel expo in PH opens

February 8, 2019, 7:40 am

MANILA -- The Philippines' largest travel fair officially opened on Thursday with the country's key tourism players all gathered at the SMX Convention Center for its ribbon-cutting ceremony. This year, the three-day 26th Travel Tour Expo (TTE) features 400 travel and tourism-related entities,… Read More

Duty Free seeks to review market needs; eyes embassies

Duty Free seeks to review market needs; eyes embassies

February 5, 2019, 5:20 pm

MANILA -- A ranking official revealed on Tuesday the Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is planning to partner with foreign posts in the Philippines to review specific needs of its markets.  "(We are targeting) other nationalities that's why we tie up with different embassies to encourage… Read More

PH, new promising MICE destination for Indians

PH, new promising MICE destination for Indians

February 1, 2019, 9:55 pm

MANILA -- The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) said Friday the Philippines was recognized by India as the new promising Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions/Events (MICE) destination for the Indian market. This, after it bagged the Best National Tourist Organization award and the Award for… Read More

PH posts 7.1-M record-breaking tourist arrivals: DOT

PH posts 7.1-M record-breaking tourist arrivals: DOT

January 24, 2019, 9:43 pm

MANILA -- The Philippines has set a record-breaking 7.1 million international tourist arrivals in 2018, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Thursday. Data from the DOT showed that at least 7,127,168 foreign tourists visited the country, the "highest ever number" in the Philippines' tourism… Read More

Duty Free to open stores in Palawan, Bohol

Duty Free to open stores in Palawan, Bohol

January 23, 2019, 6:16 pm

MANILA -- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is planning to expand its operations in Palawan and Bohol by end of this year, a ranking official said Wednesday. "We are set to open Duty Free Philippines stores in Palawan and Bohol-Panglao International Airport this year," DFPC chief… Read More

Masungi Georeserve shortlisted as 'tourism for tomorrow' finalist

Masungi Georeserve shortlisted as 'tourism for tomorrow' finalist

January 23, 2019, 6:09 pm

MANILA -- The Masungi Georeserve in the province of Rizal is among the World Travel and Tourism Council's (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow 2019 finalists. Masungi Georeserve, the only Philippine destination from the 15 shortlisted finalists, will compete for the Destination Stewardship Award with… Read More

Duty Free PH sales up by 2% in 2018

Duty Free PH sales up by 2% in 2018

January 23, 2019, 3:04 pm

MANILA -- An official on Wednesday said the Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) has reached USD217 million in its 2018 total consolidated sales, a 2 percent increase from USD213 million in 2017. "One of the factors that contributed to this growth is our partnerships with third-party online… Read More

PH wants to share Boracay rehab experience to ASEAN member states

PH wants to share Boracay rehab experience to ASEAN member states

January 23, 2019, 7:40 am

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed intent to share its Boracay rehabilitation experience and strategies to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). "We wish to share the Philippines' experience in the rehabilitation of our top sun-and-beach tourism… Read More

Filipinos warned vs. carrying personal defense weapons to HK

Filipinos warned vs. carrying personal defense weapons to HK

January 11, 2019, 9:52 pm

MANILA-- FiIipinos visiting or transiting through Hong Kong are advised on Friday against bringing restricted items such as personal defense weapons after a Filipino student was detained by airport authorities for carrying extendable batons in his luggage. The Filipino student bound for Canada was… Read More

DOT backs Manila Bay rehab

DOT backs Manila Bay rehab

January 9, 2019, 9:37 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday expressed full support for the government's initiative to clean-up and revive the polluted Manila Bay by replicating the same rehabilitation strategy used in Boracay. In a statement, the agency noted that such efforts "are for the best interest… Read More

2019 travel expo promises cheap tours, services

2019 travel expo promises cheap tours, services

January 9, 2019, 5:22 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Wednesday invited Filipinos to its 2019 Travel Tour Expo (TTE), expected to gather more than 400 exhibitors that offer markdowns on travel packages and services to international and domestic destinations. TTE organizing committee… Read More

Manila Bay rehab gets backing of PTAA

Manila Bay rehab gets backing of PTAA

January 9, 2019, 4:37 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) has expressed support for the government's plan to rehabilitate Manila Bay, a major fishing ground. "Anything for the improvement of tourism, the PTAA would definitely support, especially if it's for the objective of… Read More

PAL eyes Tel Aviv route

PAL eyes Tel Aviv route

January 8, 2019, 7:18 pm

MANILA -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief executive officer, Jaime Bautista, said Tuesday the carrier eyes offering the Tel Aviv, Israel route. "There's a clamor for it, and the (Philippine) government approached us and asked us to study having this route," he said during the launch… Read More

Cavite: An emerging food destination south of Manila

Cavite: An emerging food destination south of Manila

January 4, 2019, 6:00 pm

KAWIT, Cavite – Cavite is gradually boosting the food and beverage industry on top of its manufacturing hub, leveraging its "most populous" status to high consumption in retail services as among the top drivers of the province’s economy. Given this direction, the Provincial Tourism and… Read More

Cebu Pacific continues expansion, expects new aircraft by Q1 2019

Cebu Pacific continues expansion, expects new aircraft by Q1 2019

December 20, 2018, 12:59 am

MANILA -- Local carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) continues its expansion, and is expecting the delivery of a new aircraft, its first A31NEO, by the first quarter of next year, the airline announced on Wednesday. "Our latest aircraft, an A321CEO, was delivered over the weekend. We now have a total fleet… Read More

Balangiga bells' return fuels historical curiosity in east Samar

Balangiga bells' return fuels historical curiosity in east Samar

December 16, 2018, 10:37 am

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday said the return of the Balangiga Bells to Eastern Samar, 117 years after it was taken to the United States, will fuel curiosity among local and foreign tourists alike in the history of the region. “We, at DOT, are so happy for the people of… Read More

Quezon’s famous Borawan beach getaway island now energized

Quezon’s famous Borawan beach getaway island now energized

December 13, 2018, 11:04 am

PADRE BURGOS, Quezon – Two island villages of Lipata and Tulay-Buhangin in this laidback and 4th class town in the Bondoc Peninsula are now energized, after electricity was brought here via submarine cables. Padre Burgos Mayor Roger A. Panganiban on Wednesday said local officials, townsfolk and… Read More

DOT launches 'Kain Na!' in Calabarzon

DOT launches 'Kain Na!' in Calabarzon

December 8, 2018, 1:57 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday launched the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon) leg of the country's culinary tourism project, "Kain Na!" (Let's Eat!). Poised to introduce the specialties, as well as new dishes that mostly highlight the region’s rich… Read More

Duty Free Philippines to go online by end of December

Duty Free Philippines to go online by end of December

December 5, 2018, 6:51 pm

MANILA-- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is expected to go online by end of December 2018 as the state-owned corporation signed on Wednesday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with its first official online shopping service provider, Speed Regalo. Once the website is operational,… Read More

Let us travel up north!

Let us travel up north!

December 1, 2018, 5:13 pm

ILOILO CITY -- If you wish to explore the myriad of natural attractions that remain undiscovered by many, Northern Luzon is your destination – what with its mountain ranges, valleys, white sand beaches, and captivating sights, not to mention the rich culture of its locals. Isabela This province… Read More