Travel and Tourism

Sorsogon opens whale shark interactions to tourists

LEGAZPI CITY – The tourism industry in Sorsogon is optimistic about recovering from the economic slump after health authorities downgraded the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) alert status to Level 2, resulting in eased restrictions and the opening of more establishments.In an interview on... Read More

DOT hails acceptance of 12 more nat'l vax certs

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the recent decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to expand its list of accepted and recognized national Covid-19 vaccination certificates, approving twelve more from countries... Read More

Travel fest to promote C. Visayas' marine, outdoor attractions

CEBU CITY – Marine and outdoor tourism attractions, as well as Filipino martial arts (FMA), will be showcased in the International Travel Festival 2022 (IATF 2022) at the Ayala Center-Cebu, the Department of Tourism-Central Visayas (DOT-7) said Wednesday.In a statement, the DOT-7 said the... Read More

AirAsia PH to relaunch 3 int'l routes to hasten tourism recovery

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines is set to launch two new domestic routes in April and May, and relaunch three international destinations in April to help hasten the recovery of the labor and tourism sectors from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. "The resumption of flights to key cities in... Read More

Group to stage Philippine Travel Mart in September 2022

MANILA – The Philippine Travel Mart, one of the countries' largest travel expos, is set to be held in September 2022, promising significant markdowns on travel packages to further jumpstart tourism activities.To be held from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City,... Read More

Smart tourism: PH introduces 'virtual reality' tours, videos

MANILA – The Philippine government is strengthening its promotion of the country's local destination with its free virtual tours of Boracay, Palawan, and other destinations.Under the so-called SmarTourism program, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Wednesday made its new virtual destination... Read More

Prepare requirements for seamless PH travel, int'l tourists told

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday reminded foreign tourists planning to visit the Philippines to prepare all entry requirements for seamless travel.The statement came as the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) issued Resolution... Read More

Berjaya Makati suspension down to 2 months

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday night confirmed that the suspension of the Berjaya Makati Hotel has been shortened from three months to two months, taking into consideration the hotel staff who would be affected by the temporary closure."The Department of Tourism has... Read More

DOT joins ‘pharmacy and drive-thru vaccination' launch in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday said the “Pharmacy and Drive-thru Vaccination Sites” initiative of the national government would greatly contribute to the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) preparations for the country's eventual reopening by... Read More

DOT promotes ESL as key PH tourism product

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is strengthening its promotion of the country through the 2nd Hybrid Philippine Education Tourism Conference (PETC) that will be held in Clark, Pampanga on January 26-27.Led by the DOT through its Office of Product and Market Development, the two-day... Read More

Touring PH virtually: DOT launches new 'ASMR' travel experience

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched on Saturday a program that would take travelers to Philippine destinations virtually by incorporating the natural sounds of the place.The project, called the “ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) Experience the Philippines”,... Read More

WTTC Global Summit in Manila moved to April 2022

MANILA – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that its 21st Global Summit will take place from April 20 to 22 in Manila.The travel event, originally slated in March, is expected to draw more than 600 tourism executives from across the world. It will be hosted in-person,... Read More

Baguio, Ilagan hailed as 2022 Asean Clean Tourist Cities

MANILA – The cities of Baguio and Ilagan in the provinces of Benguet and Isabela are among this year's Asean Clean Tourist Cities awardees, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Thursday.Nine other Philippine hotels also bagged various Asean Tourism Awards, reflecting the tourism sector's... Read More

55% of NCR hotel workers 'boosted' vs. Covid-19: DOT

MANILA – More than half of the hotel workers across Metro Manila have received their booster shots against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday.Tourism Undersecretary Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said roughly 13,500 out of the 25,386 hotel workers in... Read More

DOT eyes 71 more 'new normal' tourism circuits

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the process of validating 71 new tourism circuits in 13 regions across the country, Tourism Undersecretary Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said Tuesday.The circuits are being developed in coordination with local government units and tourism stakeholders and... Read More

CAAP-Bicol implements 'no vax, no entry' policy

LEGAZPI CITY – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Bicol on Monday started the implementation of the “no vaccination, no entry” policy at the Bicol International Airport and other satellite airports in the region.In a social media post, CAAP-Bicol said the... Read More

Baguio suspends issuance of new tourist travel permits

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has temporarily suspended effective January 2 the issuance of quick response travel permits (QTP) for tourists or leisure travelers as the city prepares new guidelines for non-essential travels. Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who is on mandatory quarantine after... Read More

2021: Renewed hope towards 'steady' tourism recovery

MANILA – The annual tourism revenue in 2020 is no doubt higher than the receipts generated this year since tourists were still able to enter the country from January to mid-March last year before the lockdown was imposed.But if you compare the figures from April to September of both years... Read More

Resumption of Cebu, Siargao flights depends on wind condition

MANILA – As Cebu and Siargao were greatly damaged by Typhoon Odette last week, an executive of a regional airline said mounting of flights will depend on wind condition and they can only accommodate relief distribution teams.A notice to airmen (NOTAM) was issued to the Surigao and Siargao... Read More

DOT activates Calabarzon 'visitor-ready' tourism circuits

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday launched the highly-anticipated Green Corridor Initiative (GCI) that would link top and "visitor-ready" destinations in the Calabarzon region (4-A).Five initial tourism circuits in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon were introduced... Read More