Travel and Tourism

SoCot posts over 700K tourist arrivals in 6 months

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – South Cotabato province’s tourism industry continued to thrive in the first six months of the year as tourist arrivals increased by nearly 300 percent from last year despite the threats posed by the continuing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Richie... Read More

Strictly observe protocols during travels, DOT reminds tourists

MANILA – While point-to-point travel to areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ has been allowed, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said travelers must strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols amid the threat of the more transmissible Delta variant.Under... Read More

Taking all possible paths toward tourism revival

MANILA – More than a year into the pandemic, the tourism industry makes do with all possible paths it could take to resume safe travels and hasten its recovery, and it will continue to do so until the administration's last day in office, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has... Read More

Siargao among Time magazine's greatest places of 2021 list

MANILA – Siargao Island made it into Time magazine's list of "greatest places" in 2021, which recognizes destinations that were able to adapt and innovate despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic.In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat hailed Siargao's inclusion... Read More

Halal tourism: A glimpse into Mindanao food, heritage

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday launched the "Halal Culinary Tourism" intending to attract even non-Muslims to try Mindanao's best Halal-certified food.Coinciding with the celebration of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, the DOT is confident this initiative would promote not... Read More

Clark Airport dev't to help propel PH economy: Tugade

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The completion of the new passenger terminal building of the Clark International Airport is seen to help the country’s economy bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur... Read More

DOT backs Iloilo bid for ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ title

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is supporting the bid of the Iloilo City government to be designated as Creative City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network 2021.The Creative City tag will be part of the... Read More

DOT calls for cheaper RT-PCR tests

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) called on laboratories to lower the cost of their RT-PCR tests to encourage more people to travel and hasten the recovery of the tourism industry.Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the test remains out of reach of travelers on a budget but... Read More

DOT's 'smart tourism' programs continuous

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT), through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), continues to support destinations by funding their digital transformation projects in a bid to promote "smart tourism" that banks on contactless transactions.As of June 2021, the TPB has downloaded a total of... Read More

DOT-7 to launch new diving site in southwest Cebu town

CEBU CITY – The Department of Tourism in Central Visayas (DOT-7) is set to launch a new diving destination in the town of Aloguinsan in southwestern Cebu.Set for promotion is the Hermit's Cove, a popular tourist attraction in the municipality, with a beautiful cove tucked below a cliff... Read More

Boracay: Next stop for cyclists

MANILA – Boracay Island is being rebranded as a sustainable destination and the next haven for cyclists.Banking on the island's greener environment and rehabilitated roads, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is confident the soon-to-be-launched tourism program will boost arrivals and contribute... Read More

Boracay Island gets world-recognized 'safe travel' stamp

MANILA – Boracay Island just became one of the two Philippine destinations to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp next to Baguio City, indicating it has adopted globally recognized health protocols.The Department of Tourism (DOT) also awarded the stamp to 11... Read More

Boracay retains RT-PCR for vaccinated tourists

MANILA – Boracay is retaining its reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) requirement for tourists even those fully inoculated amid concerns about easy-to-tamper vaccination cards."[W]e've decided to just retain in the meantime that all tourists, all arrivals in the island of... Read More

Vogue Paris lists Siargao among top islands 'to go on holiday'

MANILA – Siargao has landed on Vogue France's list of 10 "most charming islands to make the most of the summer season," an inclusion welcomed by the Philippine government on Friday."The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is elated with the inclusion of the country’s surfing capital... Read More

Travelers, tourism biz near Taal Volcano told to evacuate

MANILA – Travelers and tourism businesses in high-risk areas near the restive Taal Volcano are advised to evacuate as authorities placed the volcano under Alert Level 3 due to "magmatic unrest" at its main crater.In a statement on Friday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the health and... Read More

RedDoorz targets Gen Zs, millennials with new hotel brand

MANILA – RedDoorz launched on Tuesday Sans Hotels, an "economy lifestyle" hotel brand targeting Gen Zs and millennials eager for staycations at a low cost.The first Sans Hotel is located in Sampaloc, Manila, with more properties expected to open in Tagaytay and Cebu City soon.Each hotel has a... Read More

DOT hails Davao’s ‘Bakuna by the Sea’ for tourist workers

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauded the tourism stakeholders of Davao City for spearheading an "innovative" vaccination program for travel and hospitality employees, including A4 priority group members.Dubbed as "Bakuna by the Sea," the vaccination program will be held at the... Read More

AirAsia, Cebu hotels tie-up to rebuild tourism, air travel

CEBU CITY - Philippines AirAsia has inked a partnership with the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) to help boost tourism and economic recovery in Cebu.“Tourism stakeholders including AirAsia are united with stakeholders such as the HRRAC, the Department of Tourism and... Read More

Discounted swab test for tourists extended at PCMC

MANILA – The discounted reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for qualified tourists at the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) has been extended until December, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) announced Wednesday.This extension cuts into half the PHP1,500... Read More

DOT to tourists: Interact responsibly with marine wildlife

MANILA – In celebration of World Environment Month this June, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterates the need for tourists to educate themselves on sustainable interaction with marine wildlife.“Observing marine wildlife in its natural habitat is incredibly fulfilling and quite an... Read More