Travel and Tourism

Incoming DOT chief vows to forge stronger links with LGUs

MANILA – Incoming Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco promised to be a "listening secretary" that values the inputs of local government units when creating national policies related to tourism and destinations under their jurisdictions.In a speech, Frasco underscored the importance of strong... Read More

Cebu Pacific to resume Brunei flights on July 23

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Friday the resumption of flights between Manila and Brunei starting July 23. According to CEB spokesperson Carmina Romero, the carrier halted these flights in 2020 due to the pandemic lockdown. "We are ramping up our network. That's part... Read More

Catanduanes to upgrade tourist guides' industry skills

LEGAZPI CITY – The Catanduanes Provincial Tourism Office will hold a nine-day eco-tour guide training for the Abihao Point tour guide association to improve their interpretative skills in nature guiding.In a phone interview on Tuesday, Carmel Bonifacio Garcia, Catanduanes tourism officer, said... Read More

Duterte confers Order of Lapu-Lapu on DOT exec

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Woodrow C. Maquiling Jr. received the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kamagi personally conferred by President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañan Palace on June 15.The Order of Lapu-Lapu is a national order of merit conferred by a... Read More

DOT positions New Clark City as premier tourism investment hub

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is rooting on the development of the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) and the New Clark City in order to further boost the recovery of the country’s tourism industry.During the first Central Luzon Tourism Investment Summit and Business Exchange... Read More

Cebu Pacific to add more Dubai, Singapore flights in July

MANILA -- Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) is adding more flights between Manila and Singapore, as well as Dubai in July.The once daily flight to Singapore will be increased to twice daily starting July 1. Manila to Singapore will be scheduled at 5:35 a.m., and 8:30 p.m., while return flights... Read More

PH’s recovery in travel, tourism hot topic in Routes Asia 2022

DA NANG, Vietnam – The impressive ranking of the Philippines as the world’s fourth fastest-growing economy in 2021 was one of the topics that opened the discussions at the recently concluded Routes Asia 2022 held from June 6 to 8 at the Da Nang International Exhibition Fair... Read More

Kain Na 2022: DOT brings gastronomy fair to Metro Manila

MANILA – The Department of Tourism's (DOT) flagship food festival, Kain Na 2022, is back in the National Capital Region (NCR) to bring every region's best gastronomic offers.The "Kain Na! Foodie Adventure" will run from June 9 to 12 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay's activity center, featuring 13... Read More

PTAA to hold 3-day travel expo on June 24-26

MANILA – The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is set to stage one of the biggest travel expos in the Philippines, promising big discounts on tour packages, including trips to newly reopened South Korea and Japan.At least 142 exhibitors will participate in the 29th Travel Tour Expo... Read More

Tourism governance in Cebu 'good model' for other PH destinations

MANILA – Incoming Tourism chief Christina Frasco sees Cebu's tourism governance as a "good model" for other destinations in the Philippines.In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Tuesday, Frasco said coordination among tourism stakeholders and the development of lesser-known destinations... Read More

Mindanao key tourism destination; safe travel measures in place

MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Sunday assured that measures are in place to ensure that destinations in the southern part of the country are safe for tourists, noting that Mindanao is a key tourism destination included in its promotion activities in the past few years."The... Read More

NegOr tourism exec seeks local registration of BnB ops

DUMAGUETE CITY – The head of the Provincial Tourism Unit (PTU) of Negros Oriental is seeking to have a proper listing of bed and breakfast operators in the province for proper coordination now that tourists are returning with the easing of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) quarantine... Read More

Tourism initiatives on spotlight as Cebu mayor preps for DOT post

CEBU CITY – Liloan, Cebu Mayor Ma. Christina Garcia-Frasco can share Cebu’s post-pandemic initiatives in revitalizing the country’s tourism industry, her mother Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said on Tuesday.In a presser, Garcia thanked President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong”... Read More

New mobile app seen to boost tourism in Nueva Ecija

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The province of Nueva Ecija has launched a mobile tourism app that could help boost its local tourism industry.Tourism officer Jose Maria San Pedro said on Tuesday the easy-to-use app will allow users to know more about the rich cultural and tourist... Read More

DOT spotlights PWDs, women in ‘It’s More Fun for All’ campaign

MANILA – The advocacy programs of the Department of Tourism (DOT) take center stage in “It’s More Fun for All” -- a new campaign that promotes inclusiveness and accessibility in the tourism sector. The campaign highlights DOT programs namely: Tourism Integrates, Supports and... Read More

DOT ready for 'smooth turnover' to new tourism chief

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday welcomed the appointment of Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Frasco as the new chief of the Department of Tourism (DOT), noting that the agency is ready for a “smooth turnover” to the new administration.In a statement, Puyat... Read More

Tourism master plans seen to spur industry on 2 Cebu islands

CEBU CITY – The islands of Bantayan and Camotes are now ready to develop their tourism portfolios following the completion of the comprehensive development master plans, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) said on Monday.In a statement, OPAV Secretary Michael Lloyd... Read More

Tourism on rebound in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY – After more than two years of restrictions due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, this city’s tourism industry is starting to rebound, with more visitors arriving in the last several months.Agapita Pacres, head of the City Tourism Office (CTO), in an interview... Read More

CebGo's Siargao, Surigao flights canceled due to bad weather

MANILA – CebGo's flights between Manila and Siargao, as well as Manila and Surigao were canceled on Monday due to bad weather in the destination, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported. Canceled flights were CebGo (DG) flights 6881/6882 Manila-Surigao-Manila; and DG... Read More

Direct flights within BARMM begin June 9

MANILA – The Philippine Airlines will start on June 9 direct flights within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), making history as the first airline to operate the first flight within the region.In its Facebook post on Friday, PAL said flights between Cotabato and... Read More