Travel and Tourism

More than half of PH tourism workers already vaccinated: DOT

MANILA – About 53 percent of the country's tourism workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), raising hopes for the safe resumption of tourism activities under the new normal.In Metro Manila, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said... Read More

BARMM to operate landside facilities of Awang Airport

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is set to manage the landside facilities of the Awang Airport in Maguindanao starting October 1.The Awang Airport, also known as the Cotabato Airport, is a Class 1 domestic airport situated in Barangay Awang, Datu Odin... Read More

Tourism enterprise zone to enhance Mt. Samat's telecom network

PILAR, Bataan – The Mt. Samat Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone (FTEZ) on Tuesday announced plans to improve the overall telecommunication services at the Shrine of Valor in the historic mountain here with the rollout of its network transformation program.In an interview, Mt. Samat FTEZ... Read More

Cebu Pacific extends antigen test for HK-bound passengers

MANILA–As an added layer of protection, low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) will continue providing free antigen tests before boarding among passengers bound for Hong Kong until October 15, an executive said on Monday. "We are extending (this initiative) to continue extending an extra layer of... Read More

Tourism industry in PH to ‘build back better’: DOT chief

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is aiming to rebuild the local tourism industry to be more resilient and protect livelihoods and the workforce.In a message to the media on Monday, DOT Secretary Bernadette Puyat said this goal can be achieved by “deepening the roots of community... Read More

DOT monitors hotel compliance to IATF alert level system

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) said it will continue to monitor the compliance of Metro Manila's accommodation establishments to the national government's pilot alert level system in the region."Travelers want a higher level of safety when they visit our destinations and experience... Read More

DOTr eyes GenSan airport as alternate int'l gateway

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for the inclusion of the newly rehabilitated and expanded airport here as among the alternate gateways for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and international travelers.DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade proposed the... Read More

AirAsia ties up with DICT for travelers' vax verification

CEBU CITY – AirAsia Philippines announced on Thursday it has partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to enable a seamless verification of vaccine information on the airline's app.This is an effort to make air travel better and even safer in the new... Read More

GPS-TV: Traveling local destinations on one's own screen

MANILA – The hotel sector launched on Wednesday a travel show to guide tourists navigate Philippine leisure destinations under the new normal.In a press conference, the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) said the second season of its GPS-TV titled “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and... Read More

Hybrid PHITEX 2021 generates P69-M bookings: TPB

MANILA – The 2021 Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) has raked in over PHP69 million in bookings, marking the hybrid event's success despite the restrictions posed by the pandemic.Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones on Wednesday said 122... Read More

PH set to host hybrid world tourism summit in March 2022

MANILA – The Philippines is set to host the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in March 2022, the Department of Tourism (DOT) officially announced Tuesday.The event was supposed to be held in the Philippines in October 2021 but was moved to 2022 due to global travel... Read More

TikTok, DOT collaborate to promote beauty of PH islands

MANILA – As the country's tourist destinations reopen, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with popular video-making app TikTok to promote the islands through #GandaMoPinas campaign.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the agency is using all channels to promote reopened... Read More

The Peninsula, Palawan named among world's best hotels, islands

MANILA – The Peninsula Manila, a five-star luxury hotel in Makati, has been listed as one of the world's best hotels in the Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Survey 2021.Joining the Philippine hotel is Palawan, which was hailed as one of the best islands both in the Asia Pacific... Read More

CebuPac pilots antigen test for HK-bound passengers

MANILA–Cebu Pacific (CEB) is piloting the antigen test before boarding among passengers bound for Hong Kong, beginning Sept. 17 to Sept. 30. CEB spokesperson Carmina Romero told the Philippine News Agency on Friday that this initiative is on top of the requirements set by Hong Kong... Read More

'More fun awaits' global drive preps launched

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched the More Fun Awaits campaign to strengthen the Philippines’ positioning as a top-of-mind tourist destination in the global market once international leisure travel to the country resumes.More Fun Awaits showcases the preparations that... Read More

Fully vaxxed tourists get 'express lane' in Intramuros sites

MANILA – Fully-vaccinated people aged 18 to 65 years old are entitled to a special express lane when they visit the three Intramuros sites that reopened on Thursday. "Here in Intramuros puwede ang vaccinated at unvaccinated pero mayroong express lane para sa mga fully vaccinated. Noong una... Read More

Pagudpud resorts offer discounts as it reopens to tourists

LAOAG CITY–Several accommodation facilities and restaurants in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte are currently offering up to 25 percent discount on all room rates with free breakfast to local tourists who will book this month.This came as the Ilocos Norte government finally allowed leisure travel for... Read More

Kubeta PH: 'Good toilet-keeping' seal eyed in NCR destinations

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Maynilad on Thursday partnered to promote proper wastewater management in Metro Manila, particularly in tourist destinations in the water firm's service area.In a virtual ceremony, the DOT and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. signed a memorandum of... Read More

Intramuros, Rizal Park to reopen Sept. 16: DOT

MANILA – Rizal Park and three sites in Intramuros, Manila will reopen to tourists under limited capacity and shortened operating hours starting Sept. 16, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Wednesday.Rizal Park will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. for ages 18 to 65 years old who wish to... Read More

Subsidized RT-PCR test for NCR travelers resumes

MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Wednesday has opened applications for travelers availing of subsidized reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests as the national government placed the National Capital Region under Alert Level 4 in its pilot Covid-19 alert... Read More