Travel and Tourism

PAL adding more flights to Samar starting September

PAL adding more flights to Samar starting September

August 22, 2023, 3:45 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Airlines (PAL) is adding two more flights from Manila to airports in Catarman in Northern Samar and Calbayog City in Samar province starting in September. PAL Calbayog and Catarman station manager Gregory Paul Yulo announced in an advisory Tuesday that two flights… Read More

Cebu City tourism exec seeks more consular offices in China

Cebu City tourism exec seeks more consular offices in China

August 22, 2023, 11:02 am

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) on Monday urged the Marcos administration to open more consular offices in China and other Asian countries to further boost the tourism arrivals in Cebu and other parts of the country. Lawyer Jocelyn Pesquera, head of the CCTC, said a team from… Read More

 Niyogyugan Festival back in Quezon after 3-year halt

Niyogyugan Festival back in Quezon after 3-year halt

August 19, 2023, 7:49 pm

LUCENA CITY – The Niyogyugan Festival, Quezon province’s annual event to celebrate its coconut farmers, resumed after a three-year halt, bringing in an average of 20,000 tourists daily. The 11-day long festival that ended Saturday is part of the province’s commemoration of the birth… Read More

‘Fun, foodie, friendly' slogan seen to spur tourism in Iloilo

‘Fun, foodie, friendly' slogan seen to spur tourism in Iloilo

August 17, 2023, 7:57 pm

ILOILO CITY – The province is adopting the “Fun, Foodie, Friendly Iloilo” slogan for its tourism campaign under its Movement for a Robust, Progressive, Globally-competitive, and Resilient Province of Iloilo (MoRProGRes) whole-of-province approach in development. “In three words, we capture… Read More

DOT, NCIP partner to involve IPs in tourism dev’t

DOT, NCIP partner to involve IPs in tourism dev’t

August 17, 2023, 7:52 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) have formally partnered to boost the promotion of cultural heritage while empowering the indigenous peoples (IPs) through tourism. The DOT on Thursday said Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco and… Read More

Duty Free to hold 2-day sale for arriving int’l traveler

Duty Free to hold 2-day sale for arriving int’l traveler

August 17, 2023, 7:46 pm

MANILA – The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is holding a two-day sale for Balikbayans and all arriving international travelers this week, promising up to 20 percent discounts in two of its stores in Metro Manila. The weekend sale will cover a variety of items at the Duty Free… Read More

PAL to resume daily Tuguegarao flights in October

PAL to resume daily Tuguegarao flights in October

August 15, 2023, 8:25 pm

 MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday announced the resumption of its daily flights between Manila and Tuguegarao in Cagayan province beginning Oct. 29. In an advisory, PAL said the link between Cagayan Valley and Metro Manila will have these daily schedules: • PR… Read More

Starlux  Airlines inaugurates Taipei - Clark flights

Starlux Airlines inaugurates Taipei - Clark flights

August 15, 2023, 6:05 pm

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – Taipei-based Starlux  Airlines inaugural flight officially landed at Clark International Airport (CRK) here on Tuesday. It marked the start of the Taipei-Clark daily flights of the airlines’ Airbus A321 neo. The aircraft is configured in a two-class layout, with… Read More

44th Masskara Festival set Oct. 7-22

44th Masskara Festival set Oct. 7-22

August 15, 2023, 12:39 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The 44th edition of the Masskara Festival will kick off on Oct. 7 and run until Oct. 22, with a “more spectacular” street and arena dance showcase to culminate the celebration of the “festival of many faces.” Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said the 15-day festivity would… Read More

Pico de Loro: Sustainable, meaningful travel experience

Pico de Loro: Sustainable, meaningful travel experience

August 14, 2023, 8:28 pm

MANILA – Destinations are keeping up with the changing travel behavior among tourists, more and more of whom are seeking out unique and meaningful experiences after more than three years of being cooped up during the pandemic. Studies showed that travelers are showing a preference for… Read More

Recovering Duty Free PH posts $54.1M sales Jan-July

Recovering Duty Free PH posts $54.1M sales Jan-July

August 12, 2023, 8:32 pm Updated on August 13, 2023, 3:26 pm

MANILA – The Duty-Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC), an attached Department of Tourism (DOT) agency, has recorded USD54.1 million in sales for the first seven months of 2023. Based on its latest data released Aug. 11, the DFPC said the figure is 43.8 percent of its sales target at USD123.5… Read More

PH generates P286B in tourist receipts this year - DOT

PH generates P286B in tourist receipts this year - DOT

August 11, 2023, 7:00 pm

MANILA – The Philippines sees a strong recovery for the tourism sector after recording PHP286 billion in tourism receipts from January to July 2023. The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said the tourism revenue is consistent with the over 66 percent tourism international arrivals recovery… Read More

Support for ‘Love the Philippines’ campaign grows -- DOT chief

Support for ‘Love the Philippines’ campaign grows -- DOT chief

August 10, 2023, 7:15 pm Updated on August 10, 2023, 9:30 pm

MANILA – Nearly 900 local government units and stakeholders across the country have so far adopted the “Love the Philippines” campaign, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday. In her remarks during the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) general meeting in Alabang,… Read More

CebuPac: Q2 travelers up YoY but still below pre-pandemic levels

CebuPac: Q2 travelers up YoY but still below pre-pandemic levels

August 10, 2023, 7:10 pm

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Thursday that passenger traffic in the second quarter has increased year-over-year (YoY) but is 8 percent lower than the pre-pandemic levels. The Gokongwei-led airline ferried 5.46 million passengers, 29 percent higher compared to the same… Read More

Various events lined up for Tuguegarao's 'Pavvurulun Afi' fest

Various events lined up for Tuguegarao's 'Pavvurulun Afi' fest

August 9, 2023, 9:05 pm

TUGUEGARAO CITY – Officials and residents of this city opened Tuesday night the 10-day celebration of the Pavvurulun Afi Festival to commemorate the feast of St. Hyacinth of Poland. In an interview on Wednesday, Mayor Maila Ting-Que told the Philippine News Agency that the festival is not only a… Read More

National Museum in Bicol reopens Aug. 8

National Museum in Bicol reopens Aug. 8

August 7, 2023, 8:53 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – After almost two months of closure, the National Museum of the Philippines-Bicol (NMP-Bicol) will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday. In a social media post, NMP-Bicol encouraged local and foreign tourists visiting Albay to experience the natural history museum with indoor… Read More

DOT elated over direct United Airlines PH-US flights

DOT elated over direct United Airlines PH-US flights

August 2, 2023, 4:14 pm

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday welcomed United Airlines’ upcoming non-stop flights between Manila and San Francisco starting October 2023, noting the growing inbound flights into the country.“At present, United flies to Manila from Guam and Palau. Once the flights… Read More

Tourism roadshow to open new venues for culture, heritage, arts

Tourism roadshow to open new venues for culture, heritage, arts

July 28, 2023, 7:31 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental government will be launching the “Garbo sa Kabisay-an” Tourism Roadshow that will open new markets for the province’s culture, heritage and arts. Woodrow Maquiling Jr., executive director of the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Board, told the… Read More

DOT: e-Visa for China ‘game changer,’ to boost int’l arrivals

DOT: e-Visa for China ‘game changer,’ to boost int’l arrivals

July 28, 2023, 3:08 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) sees the upcoming pilot of the electronic visa (e-Visa) system in China as a “game changer” that will raise the confidence of airlines and stakeholders to resume flights from various points of China to the Philippines.The Philippine Embassy and… Read More

DOT to mount tourism pride summit in September

DOT to mount tourism pride summit in September

July 27, 2023, 8:48 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to mount the first-ever Tourism Pride Summit this September as part of its efforts to help position the Philippines as “one of Asia’s most LGBTQIA+ friendly destinations”. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco made the announcement during her… Read More