Travel and Tourism

PH unveils year of protected areas, vows protection of natl parks

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have signed a joint declaration to support the celebration of the Year of the Protected Areas or the YoPA Campaign, which... Read More

Private sector gains confidence to reopen business

DAVAO CITY – The City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) here on Monday said the economic outlook is well on its way to recovery as the city's first five-star Marco Polo hotel has promised to reopen this year."It is very welcome news. Marco Polo is an icon in Davao City's tourism industry. To... Read More

Cebu airport transfers Cebu Pacific, Cebgo domestic flights to T1

CEBU CITY – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority on Thursday announced that domestic flights of the Cebu Pacific Air and Cebgo will be transferred to Terminal 1 (T1), citing the need to manage the significant increase in passenger traffic.In a statement, Edilyth Maribojoc,... Read More

CebuPac resumes int'l ops via Cebu in July

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Thursday afternoon the resumption of its international operations via Cebu beginning July 3. In an advisory, the carrier said the plan is to operate twice weekly between Cebu and Incheon, South Korea every Thursday and Sunday. This is the... Read More

Lucban welcomes back tourists at revived Pahiyas Festival

MANILA – The town of Lucban, the land of pancit habhab and colorful kiping-decorated houses, has revived the iconic Pahiyas Festival this 2022, two years since the pandemic forced most festivals in the Philippines to go virtual.Every May 15, the agricultural towns of Quezon province celebrate... Read More

Bacolod, NegOcc tourism enterprises urged to seek accreditation

BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Tourism-Western Visayas (DOT) urged tourism enterprises in Negros Occidental and in this capital city to seek accreditation to be officially recognized for their compliance with the minimum standards for operation.On Wednesday, the DOT-6 Tourism Regulation... Read More

Win trips to Palawan in DOT's 'Keep the Fun Going' campaign

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) will raffle all-expenses-paid trips to Palawan in its latest tourism campaign, "Keep the Fun Going".The campaign builds on the gains of the Save Our Spots (SOS) program, which sought to educate travelers about becoming responsible tourists.“The... Read More

Cebu City cops beef up security for ‘late summer’ travelers

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City police on Monday said it started to beef up security in tourist destinations and some areas of convergence here as the city expects an influx of local and foreign tourists following the lowered coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) alert status.Lt. Col. Ma. Theresa... Read More

Flight frequencies to several domestic destinations increase

MANILA – Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) and AirAsia Philippines on Thursday announced the increase in its flight frequencies to several domestic destinations this month. In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, PAL said flights between Manila and Bohol, and Batanes, will be... Read More

Nayong Pilipino, DOH promote mental health through green space

MANILA–The Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) has partnered with the Department of Health (DOH) in a tree planting activity on Friday to bring mental health benefits to all.The noise, pollution, overcrowding, and the series of lockdowns appear to be taking a toll on our mental health. Thus,... Read More

DOT positions PH as top medical tourism destination

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is planning to boost medical tourism in the Philippines, banking on the country's world-class physicians and Filipino brand of caring.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday said the pandemic-induced crisis has brought into light the... Read More

Clark airport’s new terminal building officially opens

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark International Airport (CRK) on Monday officially soft-launched its new terminal building with a ceremonial water cannon salute to the first departing and arriving flights from Jetstar Asia and Cebu Pacific Air.Operated by the Luzon International Premiere... Read More

Increased tourist arrivals seen with more flights via Clark

MANILA– The Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeing a boost in tourist arrivals in the coming months as Clark International Airport added more flights in its new passenger terminal beginning May 2.Dubbed as a new world-class gateway, Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal... Read More

Food Month showcases culinary heritage, slow food, biodiversity

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Iloilo Provincial Culture, Arts, History, and Tourism Office have teamed up to promote the region’s cultural heritage and slow food ingredients, and bring back biodiversity to celebrate the Filipino Food Month in Western... Read More

2022 Manila Coffee Festival opens in Intramuros

MANILA – The 2022 Manila Coffee Festival formally opened in Intramuros on Friday, gathering 5,000 coffee aficionados, growers, and distributors in one place.Intramuros Administration chief Guiller Asidocalled the launch a success, with the 5,000 allocated passes for the first day alone already... Read More

PH eyed as next location for blockbuster 'Crazy Rich Asians'

MANILA – The Philippines may just be the next location for the Hollywood blockbuster "Crazy Rich Asians".At the recent World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit, Singapore-born American novelist Kevin Kwan, who authored Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems,... Read More

2022 'breakthrough' year for pandemic-hit hospitality sector

MANILA – The Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) is seeing 2022 as a "breakthrough" year for the hospitality sector, with the anticipated arrival of more international tourists in the coming months."Quarantine has now passed, we have to move forward and we're getting there slowly, of... Read More

PH pushes for ‘regenerative tourism’

MANILA – An even better and sustainable version of the Philippines' world-popular destinations -- this is what the Department of Tourism (DOT) is now pushing with the emerging calls for "regenerative tourism".In a Laging Handa briefing Tuesday, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said... Read More

Southeast Asian nations eye unified health passport

MANILA – Southeast Asian nations are discussing the possibility of a unified health passport to facilitate seamless travel for tourists, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Thursday.The official made the statement during the 2022 World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global... Read More

El Nido, Davao, Boracay popular among WTTC delegates

MANILA – Sun and beach destinations Boracay, Davao, and El Nido in Palawan top the destinations picked by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit delegates, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday.The DOT said dedicated tours in Davao and El Nido have been fully booked,... Read More