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Visa-free entry for Filipinos for 2018 Winter Games in South Korea – report

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The South Korean government says it will temporarily allow visa-free entry for tourists from 3 Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, until April 2018, if they enter through the Yangyang International Airport

4 Japanese tourists killed in Thailand van crash

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Despite its wealth compared to neighboring countries and relatively good infrastructure, Thailand has some of the most lethal roads in the world

IN PHOTOS: Exploring the Waterfront Insular Davao hotel

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The spacious grounds and beautiful views of this hotel has made it an easy favorite for many travelers

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Saudi Arabia to begin issuing tourist visas

Nov 01, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Tourism is seen as a major driver of growth as the kingdom attempts to wean itself off its dependence on petrodollars amid a protracted oil slump

A Saudi Airlines worker hands a ticket to Baghdad to a customer at the airport in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, as the state-owned airline company launched its first flight to the Iraqi capital in 27 years on October 30, 2017. Amer Hilabi/AFP

Jovellar’s river guide: How an ecotourism project brought a former maid home

Oct 29, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Visitors from far places go to Jovellar, Albay, to experience the hidden underground river. Why should Annaliza Broqueza leave her hometown?

FORCED. As the new breadwinner of the family, Annaliza Broqueza is forced to leave her hometown in Jovella, Albay. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

DOT launches 'It's More Fun in Philippine Farms' to promote farm tourism

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:01 PM

The program aims to encourage travelers to try farm tourism as an activity

Trip to Busan: Zombie-free, but still a fantastic experience

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Equal parts bustling city and idyllic seaside escape, Busan has a little something for everyone

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

How residents make a living out of their home, Lake Bulusan

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For years, Virginia Negrite mastered every detail of the lake, and the stories behind it

Modern wharf for Puerto Princesa Underground River

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The construction of the P100-million Sabang Integrated Wharf Development project will begin in the second quarter of 2018, and is expected to be completed in 5 years

SOON TO RISE. A rendering of the wharf to be built in  Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayuga in Puerto Princesa City. All images from the PPUR Management Office

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

Seoul patrol: 9 awesome attractions in South Korea's capital

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Thanks to the tons of sights and activities for the eager tourist, you'll never be bored in Seoul

El Nido to impose daily visitor limits in 3 iconic tourist sites

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:04 PM

El Nido adopts a resolution that will solve the overcrowding and habitat disturbance issues in the Big and Small Lagoons and Secret Beach

EL NIDO HOT SPOT. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

Ayala eco-tourism estate says no issues with El Nido over access to public beach

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:12 AM

The management of Ayala-owned Lio Tourism Estate says residents of Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido still have access to the public beach in front of its newly-opened resort

PUBLIC BEACH. A view of the beach in Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Duterte’s hometown crafting 'non-politicized' tourism masterplan

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:19 PM

The 6-point 'Davao Turismo Agenda' covers plans for the city’s marketing, product development, tourism force, tourism budget, financing, government relations, and industry support

VIRAL: Canadian tourist to donate P1.2M in equipment to Coron hospital

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Canadian tourist John Abou-Samra cites the excellent service at the Coron District Hospital after he met an accident in Palawan

A Singapore Minute (Part 5 of 5): When in Tiong Bahru

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:26 PM

If you want to experience the steady, less-frenetic side of Singapore, do consider spending day in this neighborhood. It doesn’t disappoint

Baguio locals protest multi-level parking podiums, call for sustainable tourism

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:37 AM

In a bid to promote sustainable tourism the group is calling for growth oriented projects that are not made at the expense of the city s local and distinct character

FOR PEOPLE. Civil society organizations, students, and concerned citizens walk and encircle Burnham Lake as a sign of protest to the local government unit’s decision to transform areas within Burnham Park into car-parking spaces. Photo by Alexa Yadao/Rappler

A Singapore Minute (Part 4 of 5): Bynd Artisan is a DIY paradise

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Get your hands working with personalized projects

A Singapore Minute (Part 3 of 5): Tour the city on a Vespa sidecar

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Ride around Singapore in style

A Singapore Minute (Part 2 of 5): iFly Singapore

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fulfill the dream of flying and skydiving in Sentosa Island

A Singapore Minute (Part 1 of 5): The National Gallery

Sep 10, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Singapore's National Gallery is a modern art marvel

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

LIVE: August 21, 2017 North America solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent August 21 Watch it here courtesy of NASA

In this file photo, a total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia's Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016.  Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Last bongs for Big Ben as 4-year repairs begin

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:38 PM

UPDATED The 12 bongs from the famous bell rang out for midday in front of a hushed crowd of over a thousand people assembled in Parliament Square to mark the longest silence in its 157 year history

LONDON LANDMARK. A Union flag flies at half-mast from the roof of a building, in front of a face of the Great Clock of the Palace of Westminster's Elizabeth Tower, more commonly referred to as Big Ben, in London on August 18, 2017, following the August 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in Spain. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Millions pour into U.S. towns in path of total eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The Great American Eclipse as it is being called will move diagonally across the country northwest to southeast providing a spectacular solar show

CASHING IN. A sign announcing that the Charleston City Market will be open during the total solar eclipse in Charleston, South Carolina is seen on August 20, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Authorities keeping close watch over poultry shipments to Boracay

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The demand for chicken eggs is huge in the island which is estimated at one million monthly

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

Rethink after British PM chimes in on Big Ben's bells

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:45 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May joins several members of parliament in criticizing plans to shut down the iconic chimes for 4 years during conservation work on the structure

A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as "Big Ben" seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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: Extraordinary 'mani' in Pagadian City

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:39 AM

What makes ordinary mani extraordinary?

PRIDE OF PAGADIAN. A new specialty of Pagadian is now starting to make its name within the locals and tourists.

Malibiclibic falls: A memory and a promise

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

That one place that I just could not forget was in a town surrounded by Maragondon Magallanes Indang and Alfonso

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

Roadtrip: Liliw, Laguna

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Famous for its shoemaking industry Liliw is a hidden gem among the highland towns of Laguna

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

WATCH: Liliw, the tsinelas capital of Laguna

Aug 08, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Did you know that Liliw is known as the Tsinelas Capital of Laguna ?

Has change really come? Misleading graphs and how to spot them

Aug 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Next time you encounter a graph don’t take it at face value Examine the variables scrutinize the labels check the sources and understand the message – all before you click share

North Korea says door remains 'open' for U.S. tourists

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:51 PM

We will always leave our door wide open to any US citizen who would like to visit our country out of good will says a spokesman for the North s foreign ministry

NORTH KOREA. Competitors run through Kim Il-Sung square during the Pyongyang Marathon in central Pyongyang on April 9, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

FACT CHECK: DOT's 'misleading' tourism graphs in 2017 report

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The way the graph was presented made it appear like the 109 jump in revenue happened during the first year of the Duterte administration Including data for intervening years in the graph would have shown that the numbers have been progressively increasing since 2011

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

10,000 evacuated over new wildfire in France

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED The new fire comes a day after France asked for Europe s help to tackle the flames already raging in the tinder dry south including near the popular resort of Saint Tropez

People sit on the beach as they look at Canadair aircraft flying to drop water over a fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, southern France on July 25, 2017. Valery Hache/AFP

Have faith in your own product, outgoing UK envoy tells PH

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview British Ambassador Asif Ahmad says he hopes Filipinos will realize what jewel they re sitting on rather than spoiling it

OUTGOING ENVOY. British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad, who is ending his tour of duty in the Philippines, urges Filipinos to 'have faith in their own product.' Screen grab from Rappler Talk

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

TOURISM. China says it is 'committed' to ease tourist visa requirements for Filipinos as the bilateral ties of the countries improve. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

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

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 FOR ZAMBALES. Zambales Governor Amor Deloso says he wants to boost tourism in the province. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

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

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

LIFE APLENTY. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. James Cook University handout

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

REGIONAL AIRPORT. The San Vicente Airport's terminal building. Photo courtesy of San Vicente Info Section