Travel and Tourism

Alert Level 2 in NCR to help hotels recoup losses from lockdowns

MANILA – The Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA) on Tuesday lauded the government’s decision to downgrade the quarantine classification in the National Capital Region (NCR) from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2.In a statement, the group said this easing in restrictions will help the... Read More

AirAsia PH to resume HK, SG flights for OFWs, biz travelers

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines will resume flights to/from Singapore and Hong Kong in December, but only for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and business travelers."The resumption of these flights is still limited to essential travel. We are hoping that as Covid-19 cases continue to go down,... Read More

DOT execs pitch PH tourism in Japan travel mart

MANILA -- Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat outlined the Philippines’ national policy for sustainable tourism development and response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic before the Japanese travel market during the opening of the month-long 2nd Online Travel Mart of the Japan... Read More

DOT rolls out free swab tests for domestic tourists

MANILA–Qualified domestic tourists may get a free swab test at the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) starting November 1, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) announced Saturday.The TPB said it would roll out the fully subsidized reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)... Read More

Hundred Islands eyes high tourist arrivals with shift to MGCQ

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – The City Tourism Office here is hoping for increased tourist arrivals following the province’s shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting November 1.In an interview on Friday, City Tourism Officer Miguel Sison said the tourist arrivals at... Read More

PH to kickstart motorcycle tourism in November

MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) will kickstart its refreshed motorcycle tourism program next month, picking up the pace amid the pandemic to regain the public's confidence to travel again.Called the Philippine Motorcycle Tourism (PMT), the TPB-led program seeks to attract... Read More

PH remains Asia's top beach, dive destination

MANILA – The Philippines was once again hailed as Asia's leading beach and dive destination at the 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA).This is the Philippines’ fifth time to win Asia's Leading Beach Destination and the third time in a row since 2019 to win Asia’s Leading Dive... Read More

RT-PCR test exemption for fully vaxxed domestic tourists pushed

MANILA – The business sector is proposing to ease restrictions for domestic travelers visiting major tourist destinations in the country.Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, during the Go Negosyo’s Bakuna Townhall on Friday, said the private sector is in talks with... Read More

Hotel owners group hails lifting of NCR staycation ban

MANILA – The Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA) on Thursday welcomed the government's lifting of restrictions on staycations in Metro Manila after it placed the region under more relaxed Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.In a statement, PHOA Executive Director Benito Bengzon said... Read More

Staycation in NCR allowed starting Oct. 16

MANILA – Staycation is now allowed in accredited Metro Manila hotels as the region eases to Alert Level 3 from October 16 until the end of the month, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday."Individuals of all ages may check-in for staycation. However, to ensure safety of all guests,... Read More

PH gets 5 nominations at 2021 World Travel Awards

MANILA – The Philippines got five nominations at the prestigious 28th World Travel Awards, signaling a continued recognition of its top-tier destinations despite the pandemic.In an announcement on Wednesday night, the Department of Tourism called on all Filipinos and foreign travelers to vote... Read More

Envoy sees return of Japanese tourists to Cebu ‘soon’

CEBU CITY – Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko is anticipating the return of Japanese tourists to Cebu and vice versa once the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is over.The envoy expressed this optimism during his recent visit to Cebu.In a statement released... Read More

DOT vax drive for tourism workers continues in Pampanga  

CLARK, Pampanga – The Department of Tourism (DOT) continues its vaccination drive in the country’s gastronomic epicenter helping the tourism workers under the A1 health priority group from Central Luzon achieve 100 percent inoculation rate.On Saturday, Tourism Secretary Berna... Read More

15K hotel, tourism industry workers vaccinated

MANILA – Member hotels and resorts of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) are confident to open doors to guests with the vaccination of its 15,000 personnel against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).Of all the staff in the HSMA’s 125 member-properties, 98 percent have been... Read More

Fully vaxxed people regardless of age can now travel: DOT

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday said fully vaccinated individuals regardless of age from Metro Manila are now allowed to travel on a point-to-point basis.This, after the Inter-Agency Task Force amended Part 1 Section 3 of the guidelines for areas under alert level 4 to allow the... Read More

Siargao, Palawan, Boracay win spot in Condé Nast awards

MANILA – Three Philippine islands have landed a spot in the annual Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) readers' choice awards for top islands to visit this 2021.Out of the 85 destinations listed, the surfing haven Siargao Island was recognized as this year's top favorite in Asia, while the... Read More

DOTr all set for initial ops of Bicol Int'l Airport

LEGAZPI CITY – It’s all system go for the formal opening of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) in Daraga, Albay on Thursday.In a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to lead the inauguration of the first international... Read More

Over 43K businesses now with gov't-issued safety seals

MANILA – A total of 43,332 public and private establishments nationwide have been issued safety seal certifications, an assurance to the public that health protocols are put in place amid the quarantine restrictions.The safety seal certification program indicates the compliance of... Read More

Ilocos Norte, La Union travel, trade fair set Oct. 8-10

LAOAG CITY – The provinces of Ilocos Norte and La Union have partnered in reviving each other's ailing tourism industry amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.From October 8 to 10, a travel and trade fair will be held at the Robinsons Place Ilocos, Alfresco Area to promote popular tourist... Read More

DOT welcomes expanded indoor seating in NCR restos

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the expanded indoor seating capacity for fully vaccinated persons in establishments in the National Capital Region.Based on the latest Inter-Agency Task Force resolution, indoor dine-in services are now allowed 20 percent seating... Read More