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Amid trips controversy, DOT chief Teo still has Duterte's trust – Palace

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Teo came under fire as reports detail Department of Tourism employees were taken on foreign trips

TRUSTED. Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo is still trusted by Malacañang despite criticism regarding her foreign trips. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Wanda Teo warns Coron execs, tour operators over oil leak issue

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Local authorities say the oil leaks come from tourist motor boats plying Coron Bay

CORON, PALAWAN. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

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

Wanda Teo defends overseas trips of DOT clerks, drivers

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says she chose to send some rank-and-file employees to official trips abroad since they have never gone overseas

TOURISM CHIEF. Reporters interview Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in Davao City on February 16, 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

350-year-old Spanish fort in Palawan to undergo restoration

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Also known as Fuerza de Sta Isabel, the historic Taytay fort was originally built as a wooden palisade in 1667 under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and named in honor of Spain’s Queen Isabel II

HISTORICAL LANDMARK. Fort Santa Isabel in Taytay town in northern Palawan. Photo courtesy of Joie Matillano/LGU Taytay

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

El Nido's balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The national and local governments are putting in place measures to minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure on El Nido

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

VIRAL: Siargao resort draws flak for promoting island to foreigners seeking partners

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:48 PM

In an interview with Rappler, resort owner Andreas Mikoleiczik explains that the description written on the website does not aim to promote the island for sex tourism

Incheon airport opens new terminal before Olympics

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The new terminal will allow 18 million more passengers to pass through the Seoul-area hub each year

BRAND NEW. The mascot of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics is set at the arrival gate of Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on January 18, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Surfing in Eastern Samar and balancing its many challenges

Jan 08, 2018 - 6:43 PM

In Eastern Samar, surfing pioneers are not only balancing waves. They are also riding the challenges that come with the rising popularity of the water sports in their hometown.

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

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

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

Jan 03, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Authorities say that in the future only 40,000 local tourists will be allowed to enter the historic complex per day

MONUMENT OF LOVE. Crowds gather to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on January 3, 2018.   Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP  DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP

Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) 1.5 million people packed the city’s foreshore to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house

CELEBRATION. This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows New Year fireworks illuminating the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:53 PM

These massive creatures with a Latin name Rhincodon typus come close to shore, to the delight of tourists who converge on the area in boats carrying 10 people

BOATMEN. A file photo of the coastal village of Yelapa Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco is Mexico. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

House urges Duterte to exempt BIMP-EAGA from travel tax

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:44 PM

House Resolution 1463 seeks to grant the travel tax exemption 'to help enhance trade, tourism, and investments in the said area'

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%

Jovellar underground river: Empowering a community through ecotourism

Dec 10, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Jovellar underground river project is a combination of community-based tourism and ecotourism where both the environment and the community benefit from each other

SIGHT TO BEHOLD. The 180-meter-long underground river is hidden in Jovellar, Albay, and is now slowly gaining traction. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Jannie Alipo-on talks about lucky colors for winning Miss Tourism International 2017

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Jannie says she believes that the colors blue and pink played a big role in getting the crown

WATCH: Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Iris Mittenaere on their PH visit

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Demi-Leigh and Iris talk about the warm welcome they received since arriving in the country

PH bet Jannie Alipo-on wins Miss Tourism International 2017

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Jannie brings home another crown for the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Iris Mittenaere tour Manila

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach also joins the ladies at a press conference

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Sydney New Year's Eve 'rainbow' fireworks to fete gay marriage

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore: 'This (rainbow waterfall) is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that 4 out of 5 Sydneysiders said a resounding 'yes' to marriage equality'

CELEBRATION. This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows New Year fireworks illuminating the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Here's what to expect during the Miss Universe 2017 visit

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Demi-Leigh Peters and the rest of the 2017 winners are set to tour the Philippines

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is congratulated by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters to visit Manila

Dec 03, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Demi-Leigh, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, and their respective courts are set to visit the Philippines

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Flights resume as Bali's volcano-hit airport reopens

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The alert level on Mount Agung remains at the maximum, but a change in wind direction blew towering columns of ash and smoke away from the airport

RUMBLING. This general view shows smoke coming from Mount Agung volcano (in background), taken from Kubu in the Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 29, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Evacuation centers, hotels fill up as Bali eruption looms

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Stranded tourists hunt for accommodation while frightened villagers living in Mount Agung's shadow make their way to more than 200 evacuation centers as the mountain gushes smoke and ash

RUMBLING. A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 28, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Ash from rumbling volcano forces Bali airport to stay shut

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:51 AM

(UPDATED) Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week have now begun shooting more than 3 kilometers (two miles) into the sky, forcing hundreds of flights to be grounded

STRANDED. Passengers gather at the Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 27, 2017, after flights were cancelled due to the threat of an eruption by the Mount Agung volcano. Yuda A Riyanto/AFP

Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:10 AM

(UPDATED) Some 40,000 frightened people have fled their homes around the volcano but as many as 100,000 will likely be forced to leave, disaster agency officials say

RITUAL. Balinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

El Nido eyes e-bikes as main transport mode

Nov 26, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The municipal council is deliberating a proposed ordinance and developing a phase-out plan to back up the proposed policy

SOON ON THE STREET. An e-bike in El Nido. Photo courtesy RJ de la Calzada

Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, disrupting flights

Nov 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) At least 2,000 passengers are affected, mostly tourists from Australia

NATURE'S FURY. Mount Agung's eruption is seen next to a Balinese temple at Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

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