Travel and Tourism

Duty Free lights Xmas tree in newest outlet

Duty Free lights Xmas tree in newest outlet

November 13, 2018, 5:06 pm

MANILA – The state-owned Duty Free Philippines Corp. (DFPC) signaled the start of the Christmas season during a tree-lighting ceremony at its newest downtown outlet, the Luxe Duty Free, at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The ceremony was led by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat… Read More

Puyat eyes closure of non-compliant El Nido resorts

Puyat eyes closure of non-compliant El Nido resorts

November 12, 2018, 8:04 pm

MANILA-- Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday said she recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the closure of non-compliant tourism establishments in El Nido. Puyat wrote to the local government unit of El Nido in September 2018, urging them to address the easement issues and… Read More

Tinindag Festival boosts Taysan's culinary, ecotourism

Tinindag Festival boosts Taysan's culinary, ecotourism

November 12, 2018, 6:56 pm

MANILA-- The first-ever Tinindag Festival is poised to boost Taysan, Batangas' sustainable tourism pinned on nature adventure and culinary adventure, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Monday. The week-long celebration of the 100th founding anniversary of Taysan, culminating into the Tinindag… Read More

AirAsia opens Clark-Seoul flight

AirAsia opens Clark-Seoul flight

November 7, 2018, 7:36 pm

CLARK, Pampanga – Philippines AirAsia will open its newest flight out of Clark International Airport (CRK) to Seoul, Korea starting Jan. 19, 2019 with introductory fares as low as PHP1,990. AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador announced this on Wednesday, adding that the opening of… Read More

Baguio Christmas Village adopts Singapore, Dubai attractions

Baguio Christmas Village adopts Singapore, Dubai attractions

November 7, 2018, 7:09 pm

SANTA'S GARDEN. Early birds take a peek at Baguio Country Club's famed Christmas Village during the soft opening of the yearly event on Oct. 27, 2018. This year, the Christmas Village carries the banner 'Santa's Garden,' as it adopts the concept of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay and the Dubai… Read More

Occidental Mindoro: A promising sustainable tourism hub

Occidental Mindoro: A promising sustainable tourism hub

November 2, 2018, 9:23 pm

A photographer from the San Jose Tourism Office tries to capture a panoramic view of the mangrove forest on Ilin Island. (Photo by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)OCCIDENTAL MINDORO — Occidental Mindoro offers more than its awe-inspiring views of paddy fields and mountain ranges. With unspoiled white… Read More

Remembering the dead in Camiguin’s sunken cemetery

Remembering the dead in Camiguin’s sunken cemetery

October 30, 2018, 7:56 pm

CAMIGUIN -- As All Saints’ Day (November 1) approaches, Filipino families flock to cemeteries to tidy up their loved ones' tombstones, most of them with karit (sickle) on one hand and a walis (broom) on the other -- to cut overgrown grass, sweep, and later pray and reflect on the memory of… Read More

PH needs to raise Boracay tourism income, not arrivals

PH needs to raise Boracay tourism income, not arrivals

October 28, 2018, 7:42 pm

MANILA -- The economy still stands to benefit from regulating the number of tourists on the world-famous Boracay Island by expanding its tourism offerings, according to the regional development unit of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). NEDA Undersecretary for Regional… Read More

Sept. 2018 arrivals up by 6.76%

Sept. 2018 arrivals up by 6.76%

October 25, 2018, 4:35 pm

MANILA-- The foreign tourist arrivals to the Philippines in September 2018 is 6.76 percent higher than the same period last year. At least 512,240 international tourists visited the country last month, making the overall arrivals since January this year 4,950,683, or about 8.32 percent higher than… Read More

DOT trains 2k front liners for Boracay reopening

DOT trains 2k front liners for Boracay reopening

October 24, 2018, 8:45 pm

BORACAY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) facilitated the training of some 2,100 tourism front line workers in anticipation of Boracay Island’s soft opening on October 26. “Since the island's temporary closure, we have been providing free training for our front liners or the ones who will… Read More

First PH online tourism portal underway

First PH online tourism portal underway

October 24, 2018, 4:28 pm

MANILA -- The establishment of the first online tourism portal in the Philippines started as Rajah Travel Corporation launched the first phase of its Tourism Knowledge Center after welcoming its first partner from the academe on board. The center, an online portal that will provide relevant and… Read More

Gov't eyes carrying capacity limit of major tourist sites

Gov't eyes carrying capacity limit of major tourist sites

October 4, 2018, 8:57 pm

MANILA-- With the limited number of tourists entering Boracay Island, the national government is now planning to set a similar carrying capacity limit in other major tourist destinations in the Philippines, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat said on Thursday. Romulo-Puyat relayed President… Read More

Online travel booking apps vow to share stats with DOT, PSA

Online travel booking apps vow to share stats with DOT, PSA

October 2, 2018, 5:33 pm

MANILA -- Online travel booking companies on Tuesday committed to partner with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in providing them travel and tourism statistics allowed for sharing. During the 29th National Statistics Month reception in Pasay City,… Read More

PH among world's top 15 travel, tourism powerhouses: WTTC

PH among world's top 15 travel, tourism powerhouses: WTTC

September 27, 2018, 6:28 pm

MANILA -- Out of 185 countries, the Philippines ranked 13th among the top 15 tourism powerhouses that recorded "absolute growth" within the last seven years. The Philippines' ranking was identified in the 2018 World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) "Power and Performance Report," wherein 185… Read More

Better condition, core of  'more fun in PH' drive

Better condition, core of 'more fun in PH' drive

September 26, 2018, 6:14 pm

MANILA-- Potential tourists from Hong Kong were assured that improving the general condition of the Philippines is encompassed in the government's "It's more fun in the Philippines" campaign. "Tourism promotion, particularly rural tourism, is an important mission of President Rodrigo Duterte and… Read More

Gov't markets PH as major diving hub in Asia

Gov't markets PH as major diving hub in Asia

September 9, 2018, 11:39 am

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is currently marketing the Philippines as an ideal diving hub in Asia by highlighting its numerous dive spots for beginners and professional divers who are inclined to underwater photography. "Part of our commitment is to make sure that we promote the… Read More

Largest dive expo in PH opens in Manila

Largest dive expo in PH opens in Manila

September 7, 2018, 7:19 pm

MANILA-- The Diving Resort and Travel (DRT) Show 2018, dubbed as the largest dive exposition in the Philippines, opened at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall on Friday. The DRT Show is held in seven cities every year and is considered as the "most important event" in the Philippine diving industry,… Read More

TIEZA gets regulatory powers over Boracay water concessionaires

TIEZA gets regulatory powers over Boracay water concessionaires

September 7, 2018, 4:13 pm

MANILA -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) gets the sole and exclusive right to regulate all utilities on world-famous Boracay Island and other tourist zones. Citing a Sept. 5 ruling from the Office of the President (OP), TIEZA said the previous decision of the… Read More

 DOT releases initial list of Boracay hotels ready for opening

DOT releases initial list of Boracay hotels ready for opening

September 1, 2018, 12:58 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday announced that an initial 2,063 hotel rooms are ready for next month’s reopening of Boracay. In its Boracay Bulletin dated Aug. 31, 2018, the department listed 25 hotels and resorts that have complied with the permits and clearances from the… Read More

Purely Filipino travel, trade expo opens in Taguig

Purely Filipino travel, trade expo opens in Taguig

August 24, 2018, 8:42 pm

MANILA-- A purely Philippine-travel and trade expo opened on Friday at the Central Square Mall, Taguig City where local tourist destinations, farm tours and Filipino-made products are showcased for a three-day sale. Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said the exhibition… Read More