Travel and Tourism

PH tourism 'firmly' on road to recovery: WTTC

MANILA – The Philippine tourism industry is "firmly" on the road to recovery, with industry stakeholders forecasting that travel and tourism contribution to the economy will grow by 6.7 percent over the next 10 years.The latest World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Economic Impact Report... Read More

Intramuros ready for visitor influx this Holy Week

MANILA – For the first time in two years, Intramuros is opening its eight churches and chapels to Catholics for the Visita Iglesia during this year's Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.The churches are the Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Guadalupe Shrine in Fort Santiago, Shrine of Jesus,... Read More

Solon pushes whole-of-nation approach to rebuild tourism

MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday called for a whole-of-government, whole-of-nation, and whole-of-society approach to revive tourism and bolster its full recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.In a resolution released on Monday, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas... Read More

Hotels, resorts expect high occupancy this Holy Week

MANILA – Hotels and resorts are expected to enjoy high occupancy as travelers move around the country in the coming days.The Holy Week has historically been a peak period for domestic travel in the Philippines.In a news release issued Monday, Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA)... Read More

Arrivals since February reach 202K

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) hailed the recent increase in the latest number of foreign tourist arrivals in the country, reaching 202,700 as of April 7.Based on the data generated from the One Health Pass that contains passenger and flight details, foreign arrivals from the United... Read More

PAL, AirAsia increase flight frequencies for Holy Week

MANILA – Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) and AirAsia Philippines announced Tuesday the increased frequencies of several of their domestic routes this month. PAL, in an advisory, said flights between Manila and Bacolod will be five times daily starting April 8, from the current thrice... Read More

Sipalay City named PH’s kite tourism capital

BACOLOD CITY – The City of Sipalay in Negros Occidental has been declared the Kite Tourism Capital of the Philippines during the staging of its 8th Burangoy Kite Festival over the weekend.The plaque, which was conferred by the Kite Association of the Philippines (KAP) headed by its president... Read More

DOT seeks return of Korean tourists

MANILA – The Philippines is seeking the support of Korean tourism players in its effort to ramp up the promotion of the country as a safe and fun destination in the new normal.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat led the Department of Tourism (DOT) delegation to Korea from March 28 until... Read More

Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Hong Kong flights

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Friday afternoon the resumption of flights between Manila and Hong Kong after the latter lifted the ban on entry of passengers from several countries, including the Philippines.In an advisory, CEB said it has resumed operating flights 5J... Read More

PH borders reopen; tourism players ready for influx of travelers

MANILA – Filipino tourism players are ready to welcome more foreign tourists as the Philippines officially reopened its gates to all fully vaccinated leisure travelers on April 1, the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) said Friday.TCP president Jojo Clemente said tourism establishments... Read More

DOT, PNP, PDEA to beef up security in tourist destinations

MANILA – As Philippine tourism moves towards its much-anticipated recovery, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has joined hands with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to beef up security in tourist destinations across the country.Tourism... Read More

Nayong Pilipino to transform 9.5-ha land into urban green space

MANILA – To create an urban green space within the Entertainment City in Parañaque City, the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NFP) organized a tree planting activity on Friday on the occasion of National Women’s Month.In her speech, NPF Executive Director Gertie Duran-Batocabe... Read More

Bataan town sees influx of 300K visitors as resorts reopen

BAGAC, Bataan – The local government here is anticipating some 300,000 people trooping back to beach resorts amid the downtrend in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in this mountainous town adjacent to the West Philippine Sea.Municipal administrator Nick Ancheta said on Wednesday... Read More

DOT promotes pilgrimage tourism in Eastern Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY –The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for stronger pilgrimage tourism in the region even with the culmination of the year-long quincentennial commemoration on the world’s first circumnavigation by Ferdinand Magellan.DOT Eastern Visayas Regional Director Karina Rosa... Read More

DOT meets with Japanese tourism execs to boost arrivals

TOKYO, Japan – The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) continues its marketing and promotional efforts a month after reopening to international leisure travelers, this time setting its sights on potential visitors from a major source market-Japan.Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat... Read More

DOT hopes for full PH reopening to foreign tourists by April

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is hoping the Philippines could fully reopen its doors to more foreign tourists by April of this year.Currently, only fully vaccinated foreign leisure travelers from visa-free countries are allowed to enter the Philippines."Right now, (the Philippines... Read More

PH welcomes over 47K foreign tourists, balikbayans in February

MANILA – The Philippines attracted 47,715 foreign tourists and balikbayans in February 2022 alone, reflecting the international traveler's eagerness to visit Filipino destinations even after almost two years of closure.The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday said 45 percent of the figures... Read More

APEC prepares for reopening travel

JAKARTA – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies are committed to the safe resumption of travel in the region by considering harmonization and interoperability mechanisms in a bid to facilitate the movement of people and reconnect business mobility in the Asia-Pacific."Reconnecting... Read More

Sorsogon reopens doors to local, foreign tourists

LEGAZPI CITY – The provincial government of Sorsogon announced on Monday the reopening of its doors to both local and foreign tourists with better infrastructure, improved facilities, and more attractions in several tourism sites.In a statement, Governor Francis Escudero assured that “a... Read More

Intramuros visitors up by 132% in first 3 weeks of February

MANILA – The walled city of Intramuros continues to draw visitors amid the pandemic, registering 38,154 same-day guests or a whopping 132 percent increase from January’s 28,855 visitors.In a news release, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, also the Intramuros Administration... Read More