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DOT, Globe partner to promote sustainable and digital tourism

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:40 PM

They kicked off the partnership at the Globe-Siargao Sustainability Week

Close to home: PH startup taps locals to promote sustainable tourism

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

'Behind every responsible adventure, jobs are generated, and nature is further protected.... Tourism, if done hand in hand with communities, is one of the best ways to redistribute wealth,' says Tralulu CEO Andrew Cua

TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL. Tralulu team and local residents gather in Binondo, Manila food crawl. Photo by Tralulu

Who is Glyssa Perez, Miss Philippines Tourism 2019?

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Meet the first Miss Philippines Tourism titleholder under the Miss World Philippines organization

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What should cities do to attract more tourists?

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Experts share some insights into how local governments can help boost, and sustain, their tourism industry

Boracay draws 619,000 tourists in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The figure is slightly higher than the number of visitors during the 1st quarter of 2018. A little over half of tourists are foreigners, mostly from China and South Korea.

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Northern Mindanao seeks to draw adventure travelers through mountain tourism

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Northern Mindanao is home to 3 of the Philippines' 8 ASEAN Heritage Parks – protected areas 'known for their unique biodiversity and ecosystems, wilderness, and outstanding values' – one of them in Camiguin

Mountaineers prepares to summit Mount Hibok-Hibok at the base camp in Baranagay Itum, Mambajao on March 23,2019. The climb permit for the inaugural climb was already issued before the volcano was closed due to El Nino effect. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

East Asians dominate Boracay's foreign visitors

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

China and Korea account for 80% of the total international tourist arrivals from January to March 2019, based on figures released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office

BORACAY TOURISM. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Batangas tops number of tourist arrivals in Calabarzon in 2018

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Tourism officials in Batangas attribute the increase in tourist arrivals to 'faith tourism'

DEVOTION. Devotees rub small towels and handkerchiefs on the glass case of Padre Pio's relic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines makes bold tourism moves at ITB Berlin

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat promotes 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' in Europe

Photo by Carol Ramoran Malasig/Rappler

Chinese, Koreans still top foreign visitors to Boracay

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 AM

Chinese tourists made up nearly half of the foreign visitors to Boracay in the first two months of the year, data from the Department of Tourism in Boracay show

BORACAY. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'It's More Fun in the Philippines' gets new font

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Tourism launches a custom-made font called Barabara, inspired by lettering seen on jeepneys

MORE FUN. The Department of Tourism keeps the 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' campaign for 2019. Photo from the Department of Tourism

Philippines' 'more fun' slogan in 2019 to focus on sustainable tourism

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The Philippines will be marketed as 'one of the pioneering countries for sustainable tourism,' the Department of Tourism says

SUSTAINABLE. The Department of Tourism says the campaign slogan will still be retained but will be focused on sustainable tourism. Screengrab from YouTube/DOT Philippines

PH tourism breaks record, hits 7.1 million | Midday wRap

Jan 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

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Philippines breaks tourism record in 2018 despite Boracay closure

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:10 PM

South Korea remains the top source market, while China is the 'most improved' as it overtakes the United States for the second spot

SURFING SPOT. La Union is considered as a top surfing spot in Luzon. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Catriona Gray showcases PH's rich heritage in new video

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

From the Philippines to the Universe, Catriona presents 'This is the Philippines'

CHRISTMAS PAROL. Catriona Gray shows Luzon's culture in the video 'This is The Philippines.' All screenshots from YouTube/Cat'elle

Children in Boracay still vulnerable to sexual exploitation

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Child safety watchdog ECPAT Philippines urges Malay officials to ensure that 'child protection mechanisms are in place and functioning' when Boracay reopens to tourists on October 26

BORACAY SUNSET. Children watch the sunset in famed Boracay island. Children in tourist destinations are vulnerable to child sex tourism. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

La Union beyond surfing

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Know more about Luna town's picturesque pebble beaches and hidden charms

SEASIDE ART. Artwork face the sea. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar, Joms Santos and Eleazar Cuela

Visayas, Mindanao airports get P2B in proposed 2019 budget

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:15 AM

The new Bohol International Airport receives the biggest chunk at P754 million

NEW AIRPORT. The new Bohol (Panglao) International Airport is almost complete. Photo from the Build Build Build Facebook page

Philippines hits 3.7 million foreign tourists mid-2018

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Foreign tourist arrivals increase by 10.4%, compared to the 3.3 million recorded for the January-June period last year

TOURIST ARRIVALS. Foreign tourists pass health declaration checklist in NAIA. File photo by Jedwin Llobrera/Rappler

Gov't should focus on increasing tourism revenues, not arrivals – expert

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'It doesn't matter how many people come, [but] what's important is that you get the target revenue,' says Fernando Martin Roxas

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM. Fernando Martin Roxas, Executive Director of Asian Institute of Management Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism, talks to the media about sustainable tourism. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists in 2018 as San Vicente Airport opens

May 10, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Transportation Arthur Tugade says the will begin catering to commercial flights, specifically by PAL, by June. Cebu Pacific is also considering the marketability of flying to San Vicente.

TOURISM BOOST. The municipality of San Vicente, which boasts of the Philippines' longest white beach, is located 186 kilometers north of the capital Puerto Princesa City. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Baguio, other tourist sites also eyed for rehabilitation

Apr 14, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo considers it a 'good sign' that everyone is concerned about taking care of the environment after what happened to Boracay

IS BAGUIO NEXT? Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says that other places such as Baguio are also being considered to be rehabilitated aside from Boracay and the beaches. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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Apr 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Boracay closure to benefit Mindanao – airlines

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:59 PM

As the government rehabilitates Boracay, airlines that have canceled flights to the island are expected to entice travelers to consider other destinations, including those in Mindanao

IDYLLIC. The white sand beach of Siargao Island. Photo by Mclovin'tosh/Wikimedia Commons

Boost in Puerto Princesa tourism seen as Boracay faces closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'The CAAP confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,' says Michie Meneses of the City Tourism Office

NATURAL BEAUTY. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is among the 7 New Wonders of the World. Photo from PPUR Management Office

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver

TOURISTS. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows tourists in front of a row of speedboats in Maya Bay, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo by Lillian SuwanrumphaU/AFP

140-strong standby force deployed to Boracay

Apr 07, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The police team will help local law enforcers secure the island as the 6-month Boracay closure to tourists draws near

Cebu Pacific to cancel flights during 6-month Boracay closure

Apr 05, 2018 - 12:41 AM

The airline, however, will retain a few flights 'to serve local residents and ensure continuity of commerce in Northern Panay island' during the period

Wanda Teo: 'High time' to shut down 200 erring establishments in Boracay

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the possible closure of businesses in Boracay would have 'limited impact' on the Philippine tourism industry

SAVE BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the 'massive cleanup' of Boracay should start now. Malacanang file photo

El Nido: Metaphors of the sea

Feb 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

It unveiled pristine beaches where we frolicked momentarily, before obliterating our footprints, leaving us with just our memories to hold on to

Photo by Oscar H. Purugganan

Beautiful and underrated: 8 PH destinations to visit in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

These aren't your usual tourist spots, but they're just as breathtaking

Koreans, Chinese are top PH tourists in first 10 months of 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chinese arrivals also record the biggest surge, jumping 39.28%, while Indian visitors rose 20.28%

WATCH: Piolo Pascual performs DOT 'Bring Home a Friend' theme song

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Piolo is also announced as the Philippines' tourism ambassador

How the 'tiger of Mayon' protects the unpredictable volcano

Oct 15, 2017 - 3:30 PM

George Cordovilla's life's worth of efforts to climb, conserve and protect the volcano earns him the monicker 'Tiger of Mayon'

TIGER OF MAYON. George Cordovilla earns the monicker of Tiger of Mayon.  Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Cebu’s tourism remains vibrant despite foreign travel warnings

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Superintendent Jonathan Cabal of the Central Visayas police calls on foreign embassies to lift the travel warnings they have issued on the region since 2016

World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Balicasag an island in Bohol province famous for diving snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

DIVING DESTINATION. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

PH grants visas on arrival to Chinese nationals

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Those entitled to the privilege are members of tour groups of DOT accredited operators businessmen backed by business groups and government agencies athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

WATCH: For those of us who travel

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:25 AM

We don’t only visit the places we go to but also the people we meet there and it’s important to reflect on the beauty we experience while we travel back to the places that give us so much

Meet the #SharePH travel ambassadors

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:23 AM

All winners will also receive a plaque of recognition and will be given front row seats at the annual Social Good Summit among other prizes

Local gov't seeks end to flooding problem in El Nido

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Officials of the tourist town have to hurdle an obstacle to their planned storm drainage system – convincing owners of residential homes tourist inns and business establishments to observe the setback required by law

FLOODING. Some areas in the famous tourist town of El Nido is prone to flooding. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

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

FAVORITE DESTINATION. A tourist enjoys kite boarding in the waters of Boracay island. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

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

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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 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

UNORIGINAL. The DOT and McCann World Group maintained that new "Sights" ad was not plagiarized despite similarities to a South African tourism ad.

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

#SharePH: ATV adventure at the foot of Mayon Volcano

Mar 26, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Drive through clear streams dusty paths and rough roads in an ATV at the foot of majestic Mayon Volcano in Albay

ATV RIDE. Drive through long stretches of streams and bumpy roads, a 9-kilometer thrilling ride until you reach the village-managed base camp. Photo by Rappler

News Briefs: March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 23

Tourism chief Teo asks Robredo, media to 'tone down' statements on killings

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Strong statements against extrajudicial killings in the country are making it difficult for the tourism department to promote the Philippines says DOT chief Wanda Teo

'JUST HELP.' Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo answers questions during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand. RTVM screenshot