Travel and Tourism

Urban parks, open spaces to form part of PH tourism portfolio

MANILA – Developing urban parks and open spaces is one of the Philippines' priorities in diversifying its tourism portfolio for post-pandemic travel.In the first Philippine Parks Congress on Thursday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco expressed hope to see more parks in and outside Metro... Read More

Steak specialties hog limelight in Clark's gastronomic campaign

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) launched on Wednesday its latest gastronomic adventure in a bid to promote this Freeport as a premier destination for culinary tourism.Dubbed “Clark Steaksperience," the campaign is in partnership with the Tourism... Read More

North Luzon tourism ‘weaves’ way to recovery via travel fair

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco on Friday said the tourism industry is on its way to recovery, particularly North Luzon as the country is ready to receive tourists and investors from all over the world.In her message during the launching of the 1st... Read More

PH among top Israeli tourist destinations - officials

MANILA – The Philippines has become one of the top tourist destinations for the Israeli people in the last few years with the latter enjoying the similarities in culture of both countries.“You'll see quite a number of Israeli tourists picking up very quickly, from youngsters to families.... Read More

Adjusted holidays to improve overall tourism experience: DOT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday hailed the decision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to adjust the list of holidays and non-working days in 2023 to allow more long weekends that could lead to a robust tourism industry.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the... Read More

AirAsia to add Hong Kong flights starting December

MANILA – AirAsia Philippines announced Wednesday it will be increasing flights between Manila and Hong Kong, from once weekly to thrice weekly, in December. Due to the expected rise in travel demand, particularly among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the airline will mount flights every... Read More

Biz, tourism workers in Albay learn better customer service

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 40 personnel employed in different tourism-related establishments in Camalig town, Albay province are training on customer service efficiency through a forum facilitated by the Municipal Tourism and Cultural Heritage Office (MTCHO).Tim Florece, Camalig information... Read More

Tourism revenue hits P100-B as arrivals climb to 2 million: DOT

MANILA – The country's tourism receipts reached PHP100 billion while travelers visiting the Philippines ballooned to over 2 million this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Tuesday.Latest DOT data showed a total of 2,025,421 visitors arrived as of November 14 since borders reopened last... Read More

PH hailed as world’s leading dive, beach destination

MANILA – The Philippines has been hailed the World's Leading Dive Destination and the World's Leading Beach Destination for 2022 at the 29th World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony held in Muscat, Oman, recently."These global victories for the Philippines evince the unparalleled beauty... Read More

PH, Italy mull first tourism cooperation deal

MANILA – The Philippines and Italian governments are looking to forge their first tourism cooperation agreement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco proposed to sign a memorandum of understanding during her meeting with Italian Minister of Tourism... Read More

Palawan tourists breach 500K mark

MANILA – Palawan has attracted half a million travelers with less than two months before 2022 ends, signaling its return as one of the country’s top tourist draws.The Department of Tourism (DOT) said 65 percent of more than 782,000 tourist arrivals in the Mimaropa region were recorded in... Read More

Heaven on earth: Palawan most desirable island in UK travel award

MANILA – Palawan continues to reap world recognition, this time as the most desirable island by the 21st Wanderlust Travel Award in the United Kingdom."The scenery here is heaven on earth with sparkling waters and white sand beaches. One of the most photographed sites is Kayangan, a dazzling... Read More

Int'l travelers to PH reach nearly 2M

MANILA – The Philippines has received a total of 1,961,087 foreign visitors as of Nov. 8, the highest arrival figure since the onset of the pandemic.Latest data from the Department of Tourism showed that this year's top markets– the United States, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the... Read More

Outlook for Philippine tourism positive: DOT chief

LONDON, United Kingdom – The Philippines is ready to receive more tourists as the outlook for Philippine tourism remains positive, with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. making it a priority of his administration.Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Frasco addressed tourism... Read More

Visitor arrivals in Legazpi City up 200% from last year

LEGAZPI CITY – As the restrictions being brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to ease up, arrivals of both domestic and foreign visitors in this city already increased by over 200 percent compared to the same period of January to September last year.The Legazpi City Tourism Office... Read More

DOT chief leads PH contingent to World Travel Market

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco is leading the Philippine contingent to the World Travel Market (WTM) in London from Nov. 7-9.In a news release Monday, the DOT said Frasco engaged in a dialogue over the weekend some 60 representatives of the Filipino community in the United Kingdom... Read More

DOT launches 'fiesta' to promote Bicol's tourism industry

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) launched a fair on Friday, showcasing the different cultures, arts, and delicacies of the six provinces of the region to promote and revive the area's tourism industry.Dubbed "Fiesta Bicolandia 2022", the event also features the various... Read More

New tourist hubs in southern Sagada now open

BAGUIO CITY – Tourists in Sagada, Mountain Province will have new places to visit and enjoy after community members gave the green light to the opening of the villages for organized tours.“Marami pang destination at kasama natin ang community sa pagbubukas at pag-welcome ng mga bisita... Read More

Luistro to promote Batangas dive sites in US convention

MANILA – A lawmaker has joined a delegation headed by representatives from the Philippine Department of Tourism-New York (PDOT-NY) and Tourism Promotions Board in gracing the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Show 2022 in the USA to promote her province's diving... Read More

AirSwift relaunches Clark-El Nido flights

CLARK, Pampanga – AirSWIFT Transport Inc. re-launched on Thursday its three-times weekly Clark-El Nido and vice versa flight, boosting the tourism industry in both destinations.AirSWIFT chief operating officer Fely Anne Salvador, during its maiden flight, thanked Luzon International Premier... Read More