Travel and Tourism

2nd NAIA OFW Lounge opens at Terminal 3

2nd NAIA OFW Lounge opens at Terminal 3

July 19, 2024, 9:00 pm

MANILA – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) waiting for their flights now have a comfortable place of their own inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City. On Friday, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) formally opened the OFW Lounge at NAIA… Read More

PH bags best ports of call award amid intensified cruise tourism push

PH bags best ports of call award amid intensified cruise tourism push

July 18, 2024, 4:47 pm

MANILA – The Philippines has won the prestigious Best Ports of Call 2024 award at the 10th Asia Cruise Awards in Jeju Island, South Korea amid the government’s intensified push to boost the country’s cruise tourism. The Department of Tourism (DOT) received the award during a ceremony at the… Read More

PH committed to ensuring tourists safety: DOT

PH committed to ensuring tourists safety: DOT

July 18, 2024, 9:43 am Updated on July 18, 2024, 2:56 pm

MANILA – The Philippine government is committed to ensuring the safety of visiting tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday as it took note of a Forbes Advisory report ranking the capital as the 5th “riskiest city” for tourists. In a statement, the agency underscored that the… Read More

PH launches ‘cruise visa waiver’ for foreign tourists

PH launches ‘cruise visa waiver’ for foreign tourists

July 16, 2024, 9:58 pm

MANILA – The Philippine government on Tuesday launched the “cruise visa waiver,” making entry into the country easier and seamless for visa-required foreigners vacationing on board cruise ships. Eligible foreigners may apply for the waiver at the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) e-services… Read More

DOT working to make PH accommodation sector competitive

DOT working to make PH accommodation sector competitive

July 12, 2024, 8:45 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working to attract more investments into tourism infrastructure, said Secretary Christina Frasco on Friday as government seeks to make the hospitality sector more competitive. “As we invite more and more tourists to come into the Philippines, we… Read More

Dinagat Islands: Hidden paradise

Dinagat Islands: Hidden paradise

July 12, 2024, 5:56 pm

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands – The provincial tourism office of Dinagat Islands bared an unprecedented surge in tourist arrivals, particularly during the first quarter of this year, indicating a promising trend for the local tourism industry. Local visitors to the island saw a remarkable 47.2… Read More

Mainland Surigao Norte shifting as premier tourist destination

Mainland Surigao Norte shifting as premier tourist destination

July 11, 2024, 2:38 pm

BUTUAN CITY – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte is set to transform its 11 towns and the city of Surigao in mainland Mindanao into premier tourist destinations in the Caraga Region. The other nine municipalities in Surigao del Norte are located on the islands of Siargao and Bucas… Read More

PH tourism revenue hits P282-B; up 32.8% in H1 of 2024

PH tourism revenue hits P282-B; up 32.8% in H1 of 2024

July 11, 2024, 12:27 pm

MANILA – The Philippines’ estimated visitor receipts have reached more than PHP280 billion in the first half of 2024, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Thursday. Based on DOT’s latest statistical monitoring report, tourism earnings from inbound visitors are currently pegged at… Read More

DOT to revive traditional massage to promote wellness tourism

DOT to revive traditional massage to promote wellness tourism

July 10, 2024, 11:10 pm

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR) is calling on traditional massage therapy practitioners to help promote the practice in a bid to be included among products and services in wellness tourism. “We have a gisgisto, kulkulis, and the… Read More

PAL, MIAA open transit lounge at NAIA Terminal 1

PAL, MIAA open transit lounge at NAIA Terminal 1

July 10, 2024, 6:17 pm

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has partnered with the current operator of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), in providing a transit lounge at the Terminal 1. PAL president Stanley Ng said the lounge, which was opened… Read More

Exploring the ecological gem of Surigao: Day-asan Mangrove Forest

Exploring the ecological gem of Surigao: Day-asan Mangrove Forest

July 10, 2024, 6:09 pm

SURIGAO CITY – Nestled within the heart of Surigao City lies a natural wonder waiting to be visited and explored by eco-tourists and nature enthusiasts alike. Barangay Day-asan's century-old mangroves have long been a well-kept secret. Still, thanks to the visionary efforts of the city… Read More

CAAP, CRK partner for enhanced data sharing

CAAP, CRK partner for enhanced data sharing

July 9, 2024, 9:40 pm

MANILA – The Clark International Airport (CRK) has partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for a standardized sending of air navigation-related data, the airport's operator LIPAD announced on Tuesday. The two parties signed a memorandum of agreement for data… Read More

DOT-Bicol developing sites for golf, dive tourism 

DOT-Bicol developing sites for golf, dive tourism 

July 9, 2024, 9:29 pm Updated on July 9, 2024, 9:32 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) is now pushing for the development of golf and dive tourism as additional tourist drawers in the region. During Tuesday's "Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas" held in this city, DOT-Bicol Regional Director Herbie Aguas said they have conducted… Read More

DOT-CAR confident of better performance with more products, services

DOT-CAR confident of better performance with more products, services

July 9, 2024, 9:13 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Continuous skills training among workers and other stakeholders as well as introduction of new products and activities will further boost tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). “Our resolve is anchored on a collaborative development environment ensuring that… Read More

DOT-Ilocos eyes more infra projects to entice longer-staying guests

DOT-Ilocos eyes more infra projects to entice longer-staying guests

July 9, 2024, 9:06 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Ilocos Region is focusing on infrastructure developments to attract more tourists to stay longer. DOT-Ilocos Region director Joseph Francisco Ortega said the agency is implementing the Tourism Road Infrastructure Project (TRIP) with… Read More

More Eastern Visayas sites included in cruise tourism

More Eastern Visayas sites included in cruise tourism

July 9, 2024, 8:21 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – More sites are being pitched for this year’s cruise tourism with the increasing interests of cruise ships to make ports of call in destinations in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Tuesday. DOT-Eastern Visayas Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said… Read More

Faith-based tourist sites dominate top destinations in Calabarzon

Faith-based tourist sites dominate top destinations in Calabarzon

July 9, 2024, 7:16 pm

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Faith-based tourism emerged as the dominant force among the top destinations in Calabarzon, a Department of Tourism (DOT) official in the region said on Tuesday. During the Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas forum at the Technopark Hotel in Santa Rosa City, DOT-4A Director… Read More

Revival of Paoay Lake Golf Course to entice foreign tourists

Revival of Paoay Lake Golf Course to entice foreign tourists

July 9, 2024, 4:27 pm

LAOAG CITY – The rehabilitation of the sports and recreation complex that has a 77-hectare 18-hole golf course along the legendary Paoay Lake in Ilocos Norte is now on final stages, being readied for tourists in this northern Luzon gateway. This bid has been pushed by the provincial government… Read More

Tourism first aid facilities, layover tours soon in PH: DOT

Tourism first aid facilities, layover tours soon in PH: DOT

July 9, 2024, 4:14 pm

MANILA – Tourists will soon see the establishment of a “tourism first aid facility” across major destinations in the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday. At the Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas in Quezon City, DOT National Capital Region Director Sharlene Zabala-Batin said this… Read More

Gov’t pushes for more int’l flights to PH

Gov’t pushes for more int’l flights to PH

July 9, 2024, 2:07 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with relevant agencies to increase flights and create new routes to the country as it seeks to boost arrivals from its top and opportunity markets. At the Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas in Quezon City, DOT National Capital Region Director Sharlene… Read More