Travel and Tourism

Travel from NCR to GCQ, MGCQ areas allowed starting Sept. 16: DOT

MANILA – Leisure travel from Metro Manila to areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ (MGCQ) are allowed subject to local government guidelines starting September 16 to 30 after the region was placed under Alert Level 4 in the pilot Covid-19 alert levels system.In a text... Read More

DOT, partner agencies boost promotion of Filipino food experience

MANILA – Several government agencies have partnered to boost the promotion of Filipino culinary traditions in the years to come through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed Wednesday.Through the MOU, the Department of Tourism (DOT), together with the Department of Agriculture (DA),... Read More

Hotels opening biggest sale on Sept. 15

MANILA – The hotel sector's biggest online travel sale is returning on September 15 to help revive the hard-hit tourism industry affected by the ongoing pandemic.In a virtual presser on Tuesday, the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) said SOS or the September Online Sale will run... Read More

Isabela City gets P4.4-M grant to boost tourism

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released some PHP4.4 million to Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, to boost its tourism industry.DOT Undersecretary Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, in a statement Saturday, said the grant is for Isabela City’s project Tourism... Read More

2022 DOT goals: Sustainable, resilient, inclusive PH tourism

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pursuing a 2022 recovery plan with the end goal of a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive Philippine tourism industry.Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Friday presented the plan during the deliberation of the DOT's proposed 2022 budget before the... Read More

More than 7.5K tourism workers in Baguio receive vax

BAGUIO CITY – About 7,510 tourism workers in this city have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), exceeding the target of almost 6,000 workers.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat attended the three-day ceremonial vaccination program from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 for... Read More

PH works with ASEAN to set 'single destination' Southeast Asia

MANILA – The Philippines is closely working with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting the region as a "single destination" once the situation stabilizes and the new tourism normal begins, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday."In the area of regional... Read More

DOT, NTF bring vax to tourism workers in Siargao

SIARGAO ISLAND – The Department of Tourism (DOT), in coordination with the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, has committed to providing more vaccines for tourism workers to sustain the recovery of the pandemic-hit industry in the country’s surfing capital.Tourism Secretary... Read More

Cebu Pacific to charge fees for extra carry-on bag

MANILA–Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) will be charging fees for extra carry-on baggage beginning September 1, it announced on Tuesday. The carrier has been "strictly" implementing a "one hand-carry baggage" since 2018. "The fee is part of the strict implementation (of the airline's... Read More

Dutch media eyes Palawan as next reality TV show location

MANILA – A Dutch reality TV show is looking at northern Palawan as its potential filming site this year, describing the country as "a one in a million location" for shooting all reality shows.The Philippine Embassy in The Netherlands on August 16 said the Amsterdam-based Monday Media... Read More

Private sector lauded for El Nido tourism workers vaccine rollout

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has lauded the initiative of the private sector to vaccinate about 500 tourism workers and their dependents in El Nido.In a news release Tuesday, the DOT said the workers and 100 of their dependents received the first dose of AstraZeneca on Aug. 16, a... Read More

Biggest PH hybrid travel trade expo slated in September

MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines is hosting the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), the biggest government-organized travel trade event in the country, on Sept. 19-23 at Subic Bay, the second of its kind during the pandemic.TPB, in an advisory on Thursday, said... Read More

More vax slots set to open for Bohol tourism workers

PANGLAO, Bohol – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat announced that 3,760 more active tourism workers in Bohol will be inoculated following the second vaccination rollout in the province. The rollout brings the total number of tourism workers for inoculation in the... Read More

DOT targets increased inoculation of tourism workers

MANILA – Local tourism recovery continues to gain momentum as the Department of Tourism (DOT) strengthens its cooperation with public and private sectors to bring more vaccine doses to the country’s key tourism destinations.A total of 5,000 out of 13,000 tourism workers in Bohol have... Read More

AirAsia PH to roll out app for travel requirements

MANILA–AirAsia Philippines announced Wednesday its plan to roll out an app or platform where passengers could easily upload travel requirements. "This will be like a one-stop shop, where passengers could upload a copy of their vaccination card and RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain... Read More

Fully vaxxed flight crew make travelers feel safer: survey

CEBU CITY – More passengers are now more confident of traveling, knowing that the ground staff and plane crew they are interacting with, before and during their flights are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).AirAsia Philippines on Wednesday said a sweeping... Read More

DOT eyes to vaccinate 31K Palawan tourism workers

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has requested 62,000 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine from the Department of Health (DOH) to inoculate some 31,000 tourism workers in Palawan.Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat personally visited the premier tourist destinations... Read More

DOT hails opening of Luneta drive-thru vax site

MANILA – The Department of Tourism hailed Tuesday Manila's drive-thru vaccination site at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park which opened on Saturday, saying it would hasten the national vaccination program against Covid-19 and bring the country closer to population protection.Tourism... Read More

DOT gets highest COA rating for 2nd straight year

MANILA – For the second straight year,the Department of Tourism (DOT) received the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit (COA).Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Monday the agency officially received from the COA an “unqualified opinion” on itsfiscal year... Read More

Leisure flights from NCR suspended: DOT

MANILA–Leisure point-to-point flights are suspended, effective immediately for areas under general community quarantine with heightened restrictions (GCQ-HR), the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Friday.Through the Interagency Task Force Resolution No 130-A, Metro Manila had been placed... Read More