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China 'committed' to ease tourist visas for Filipinos

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:02 AM

This comes after the Philippine ambassador to China, Jose Santiago 'Chito' Santa Romana, said China is considering visa-free entry for Filipinos

China 'committed' to ease tourist visas for Filipinos

China Eastern Airlines flies to Shanghai via Clark starting October

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:01 PM

China's second largest carrier confirms the new route on the heels of a deal with the Clark International Airport Corporation to augment the airline's flight network and use Clark airport as one of its global hubs

China Eastern Airlines flies to Shanghai via Clark starting October

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The total number of tourists to Boracay hits 1,107,167 – a 13% increase from 2016 figures

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017

Tourism is best industry for Zambales, says governor

Jul 03, 2017 - 4:17 PM

While citing the multi-billion peso projects in Zambales, governor Amor Deloso says he won't encourage heavy industries in the province

Tourism is best industry for Zambales, says governor

COA: DOT failed to give public 'optimum services' in 2016

Jun 29, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The Department of Tourism was unable to utilize P1.5 billion of its 2016 budget, says COA

COA: DOT failed to give public 'optimum services' in 2016

Great Barrier Reef a $42-billion asset 'too big to fail' – study

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The study, based on 6 months' analysis, comes as the reef suffered an unprecedented second straight year of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change

Great Barrier Reef a $42-billion asset 'too big to fail' – study

New San Vicente airport in Palawan to boost local tourism industry

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:24 PM

The airport can accommodate only private planes for now, but Mayor Maria Carmela Alvarez says it will operate commercially by the 'last quarter of this year or early next year'

New San Vicente airport in Palawan to boost local tourism industry

Tourist influx threatens food security in El Nido

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:00 AM

There are other factors that contribute to the inadequacy of the food supply. Agricultural lands being converted into resorts is one of them.

Tourist influx threatens food security in El Nido

PH will not host 66th Miss Universe pageant

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says that the country will not host the 2017 pageant

PH will not host 66th Miss Universe pageant

House panels eye recommendation of charges vs Resorts World

Jun 21, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The House ends its probe into the deadly attack on the hotel-casino, with findings and recommendations expected to be out by next week

House panels eye recommendation of charges vs Resorts World

Resorts World security chief admits to using fake name

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Armeen Gomez tells lawmakers he was named Armenio, but gives a vague explanation before invoking his right against self-incrimination

Resorts World security chief admits to using fake name

Isabela lawmaker admits to gambling, defends politicians in casinos

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The lawmaker who filed the bill seeking a P3,000 casino entrance fee admits he also gambles, but argues the law does not prohibit legislators from doing so

Isabela lawmaker admits to gambling, defends politicians in casinos

House holds final hearing on Resorts World attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:08 PM

David Chua, chairman of Travellers International Hotel Group that owns and operates Resorts World, has been subpoenaed to appear on Wednesday, June 21

House holds final hearing on Resorts World attack

Valuables stolen from Resorts World victims during attack, says lawmaker

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Victim Elizabeth Panlilio-Gonzales, the late wife of Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr, allegedly loses a Rolex watch, jewelry, as well as her ATM and credit cards during the attack

Valuables stolen from Resorts World victims during attack, says lawmaker

Rizal's life in Germany revisited through new map

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Philippine embassy in Germany launches an illustrated map retracing Jose Rizal's adventures in the European country

Rizal's life in Germany revisited through new map

Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:41 AM

The assault on the Kangaba Le Campement resort comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako

Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 12-18, 2017

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 12-18, 2017

Duterte, McCann, US immigration policy | Evening wRap

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte, McCann, US immigration policy | Evening wRap

WATCH: Unofficial PH tourism ad makes waves online

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:07 PM

After the botched partnership of McCann and the DOT, a group of creatives have come up with their own tourism ad

WATCH: Unofficial PH tourism ad makes waves online

Duterte, McCann, Trump | Midday wRap

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte, McCann, Trump | Midday wRap

McCann speaks up on termination of DOT partnership

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:26 AM

McCann says it respects the DOT decision and believes 'it is in the best interest of all parties to discuss a sensible resolution to this matter'

McCann speaks up on termination of DOT partnership

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 16, 2017

Duterte, DOT and McCann, Curry | Evening wRap

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Duterte, DOT and McCann, Curry | Evening wRap

DOT cuts ties with McCann after ad controversy

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM

After initially standing by its allegedly plagiarized ad, the Department of Tourism now says it expects a public apology from McCann Worldgroup Philippines

DOT cuts ties with McCann after ad controversy

More security lapses uncovered as House probes Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Testimonies from police officials and hotel security reveal a lack of coordination among those deployed to pursue gunman Jessie Carlos

More security lapses uncovered as House probes Resorts World attack

Police, casino guard had 'misencounter' during Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly says this shows 'there [was] a degree of confusion' among security forces on the ground during the attack

Police, casino guard had 'misencounter' during Resorts World attack

Dela Rosa slammed over 'premature' info on Resorts World deaths

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Parañaque 2nd District Representative Gustavo Tambunting hits PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa for initially saying only the gunman died in the attack

Dela Rosa slammed over 'premature' info on Resorts World deaths

'300 rounds' of gunfire during Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Resorts World Manila president Kingson Sian says victims who were hiding – and eventually died of suffocation – likely thought there was more than one gunman

'300 rounds' of gunfire during Resorts World attack

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 14, 2017

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 14, 2017

Calida, Duterte, NBA Finals | Evening wRap

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Calida, Duterte, NBA Finals | Evening wRap

DOT stands by 'Sights' ad despite plagiarism accusations

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre says that while the Philippine ad is similar to South Africa's, it has a unique proposition of attracting retirees

DOT stands by 'Sights' ad despite plagiarism accusations

CCTV monitoring team, funeral homes reps invited to Resorts World probe

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:42 PM

The House committees invite the Resorts World security team who were supposed to man the CCTV surveillance room, but who left their posts during the attack on June 2

CCTV monitoring team, funeral homes reps invited to Resorts World probe

McCann responds to plagiarism accusations vs DOT ad

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The McCann Worldgroup Philippines responds to critics who say that its 'Sights' commercial is similar to a South African tourism ad

McCann responds to plagiarism accusations vs DOT ad

New DOT ad criticized for being 'unoriginal'

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Netizens on social media point out that the theme, complete with the revelation at the end, is similar to a South African tourism ad

New DOT ad criticized for being 'unoriginal'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 13, 2017

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you must know this Tuesday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 13, 2017

WATCH: DOT releases 'Experience the Philippines' ad

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Tourism unveils its second TV commercial, titled 'Sights'

WATCH: DOT releases 'Experience the Philippines' ad

3 questions answered at House probe into Resorts World attack

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Lawmakers want to clip Pagcor's powers to grant licenses to casinos after Resorts World Manila management admitted security lapses in the June 2 incident

3 questions answered at House probe into Resorts World attack

Resorts World to fund education of victims’ children until college

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Resorts World also vows to pay P1 million each to the victims' families and P500,000 to those injured during the attack

Resorts World to fund education of victims’ children until college

Resorts World Manila COO admits 'lapses in security' during attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:54 PM

Stephen Reilly: 'When we played the first videos, I pointed out there should have been security personnel posted on certain points and they were not present'

Resorts World Manila COO admits 'lapses in security' during attack

House to clip Pagcor powers after Resorts World attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Pagcor head Andrea Domingo says Resorts World failed to comply with a recent advisory to strengthen security measures

House to clip Pagcor powers after Resorts World attack

After Resorts World attack, DOT holds New York party, and it was okay

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For Filipino-Americans attending the reception in New York, what happened at Resorts World did not make them hesitate about visiting the Philippines or promoting trips to the country

After Resorts World attack, DOT holds New York party, and it was okay

The week in photos: May 27-June 2, 2017

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:43 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

The week in photos: May 27-June 2, 2017

Maxine Medina on the pressures of being Miss Universe host delegate

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:19 PM

Maxine speaks up on the possibility of the Philippines hosting the Miss Universe pageant again

Maxine Medina on the pressures of being Miss Universe host delegate

US, UK, Australia warn nationals after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:24 AM

'We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall,' the Australian embassy says

US, UK, Australia warn nationals after Resorts World Manila attack

Wanda Teo: Nickelodeon theme park in Coron 'pushing through'

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:47 PM

'They are not going to destroy the corals,' says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, recalling the personal assurance given to her by representatives of Viacom International Media Networks and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts

Wanda Teo: Nickelodeon theme park in Coron 'pushing through'

Chinese tourists are Beijing's new weapon in economic war

May 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

China lifts a ban on 27 Philippine tropical fruit export companies after President Rodrigo Duterte declared his 'separation' from the United States during a visit to Beijing in October

Chinese tourists are Beijing's new weapon in economic war

WATCH: Hidden gems of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

May 20, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Find rock formations shaped like a head of a dinosaur, Pegasus, and even the face of Jesus at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan

WATCH: Hidden gems of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Taiwan ready to lose P400M a year over Filipinos' visa-free entry

May 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

'I believe Taiwan should be discovered because Taiwan has been overlooked for so long,' Taiwan's representative in the Philippines says

Taiwan ready to lose P400M a year over Filipinos' visa-free entry

Military increases visibility in Palawan, assures safety of tourists

May 18, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Soldiers as well as cops conduct foot, air, and sea patrols amid a supposed terror threat in the province

Military increases visibility in Palawan, assures safety of tourists

Taiwan sees fewer tourists as Chinese stay away

May 17, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Increases from other areas including Southeast Asia are not enough to offset the steep fall in Chinese visitors

Taiwan sees fewer tourists as Chinese stay away