Travel and Tourism

China reopens to Filipino tourists, resumes visa issuances

MANILA – China has officially reopened to foreign tourists, including Filipinos, as it resumed accepting applications for all types of visas, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Saturday.“The long wait is over as China finally resumes issuing all types of visas for foreigners, including... Read More

DOT plan to transform PH into tourism powerhouse in 5 years

MANILA – The Philippines targets to become a tourism powerhouse in Asia in the next five years, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said Wednesday.At the unveiling of the 2023-2028 National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) during a tourism stakeholders’ summit in Manila, the Department of... Read More

Cebu Pacific daily Clark-Incheon flights start May 5

MANILA–Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Wednesday it will operate daily flights between Clark and Incheon, South Korea beginning May 5."We continue to strengthen connectivity from our Clark hub which is important for Cebu Pacific because Clark services Central and Northern Luzon,"... Read More

C. Luzon tourism workers train on ‘Filipino brand of service’

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Tourism-Central Luzon (DOT-3) is stepping up efforts to strengthen the overall tourism experience in the region.DOT-3 Regional Director Richard G. Daenos said on Wednesday that a series of Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) training... Read More

PH participation in ITB Berlin nets P251 million in bookings

MANILA – Filipino tourism players bagged more than PHP200 million in negotiated sales at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) 2023 in Berlin, one of the world’s biggest travel and trade fair.At a tourism stakeholders’ summit on Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco... Read More

PH to launch ‘enhanced’ tourism slogan mid-2023: Frasco

MANILA – The Philippines will come out with an “enhanced” tourism slogan that would showcase the “Filipino brand” to the world in mid-2023, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said Wednesday.“The Philippines continues to have its existing slogan which has been... Read More

Filipinos eager to travel as options go digital, booking app says

MANILA – More Filipinos are eager to travel as the tourism industry goes digital and destinations ease restrictions, online booking platform Klook said Tuesday.The Travel Pulse study said 75 percent of Filipinos are also willing to spend for travel “to make the most out of post-pandemic... Read More

‘Bisita Be My Guest’ seen to lure more Chinese tourists

BEIJING – The Philippines’ Department of Tourism has launched the “Bisita Be My Guest” (BBMG) here to encourage Filipinos to invite more Chinese tourists to visit the country.Erwin Batane, the country’s tourism attaché in Beijing, said the target is to lure at... Read More

Cebu Pacific to resume Palawan, CDO flights via Iloilo

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Wednesday the resumption of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Cagayan de Oro routes via Iloilo in June."Cebu Pacific had to stop the Iloilo-Puerto Princesa and Iloilo-Cagayan De Oro routes because of the pandemic, when many airlines suspended... Read More

Cruise ship with 1.8K passengers docks in Puerto Princesa

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – City officials here welcomed the second cruise ship to visit Palawan after the Covid-19 pandemic, saying cruise ship tourism is a major boost to the local economy.City Tourism Officer Demetrio Alvior Jr. said the Westerdam cruise ship, carrying 1,800 passengers,... Read More

AirAsia PH to hire more pilots, crew

MANILA–AirAsia Philippines will continue to boost its manpower this year and will hire more pilots and crew, its executives confirmed on Thursday. "AirAsia Philippines' decision to hire more flight crew and technical staff is our way of ensuring the best travel experience for all our guests.... Read More

Filipinas ‘powering’ travel; earn P2.5B as hosts in 2022

MANILA – The Philippines has been identified as Airbnb’s second-largest women-powered host community in the world, with Filipinas making up 65 percent of its hosts in the country.Mich Goh, Airbnb’s head of public policy for Southeast Asia, said Tuesday that hosts who self-identify... Read More

TIEZA collects P2.3-B travel tax in 2022; online payment launched

MANILA – The Philippine government has collected PHP2.3 billion in travel tax in 2022, raising optimism this year for the tourism industry severely battered by the pandemic.Data from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) showed that last year’s PHP2.38 billion... Read More

New flights from Clark to boost tourism, decongest NAIA

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday welcomed the reopening of several local airlines' direct flights from Clark International Airport to the country’s prime island tourist locations.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said the newly reopened routes would boost the... Read More

Cebu Pacific boosts Clark hub; 140 new personnel eyed

MANILA–Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced Monday it is boosting its Clark hub with three additional planes and operating 13 international and domestic destinations.Via Clark, CEB flies to Caticlan, Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod in the Visayas; General Santos City and Cagayan de Oro... Read More

DOT to promote PH as tourism powerhouse in Berlin

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agency, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), will lead the delegation that will present the country’s developments and product offerings at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin Convention in Germany on March 7 to... Read More

Lampinigan Island pushed as Basilan’s ecotourism zone

MANILA – Deputy Minority Leader and Basilan Lone District Representative Mujiv Hataman on Thursday pushed for the passage of a bill declaring Lampinigan Island located in the Isabela City, Basilan ecotourism zone.Hataman said the growing number of visitors frequenting Lampinigan shows the... Read More

DOT extends ‘free accreditation’ for tourism establishments

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is extending the waiving of accreditation fees for tourism establishments.Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said the move would help tourism enterprises to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.DOT's Memorandum Circular 2022-001 is... Read More

DOT allots P180M for 15 local tourism projects

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allotted PHP180 million to support 15 tourism projects across the Philippines.The project called “Tourism Champions Challenge” is a nationwide campaign to incentivize tourism development among cities and municipalities.The initiative... Read More

PH destinations nominated anew in 2023 world travel awards

MANILA – The Philippines and two of its leading destinations have been nominated for major awards under the Asia category of the 30th World Travel Awards (WTA).The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Tuesday that the Philippines is running as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, after... Read More