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

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

Viacom to no longer pursue Nickelodeon resort in Coron

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:48 PM

In a press statement sent to Rappler on Tuesday August 22 Viacom says it decided to mutually agree with Coral World Park CWP to discontinue the IP licensing agreement for the said Nickelodeon branded tourism infrastructure

VIACOM AND CORON. Viacom distances itself from the proposed Nickelodeon resort in Coron. Photo by Boogs Rosales/Greenpeace

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

#SharePH: Life in different parts of the Philippines

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

People of Zambales prefer to sleep by the shore because their cottages are for rent They would sacrifice comfortable sleep to earn money and accommodate more tourists

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

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

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

PHOTO OP. Chinese tourist Pei Shuang, 43, takes a photo with her tablet computer inside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on February 4, 2015. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Banaue rice terraces now only 5 hours away from Manila

May 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

You can now visit the Banaue rice terraces by taking a chartered flight from Clark International Airport starting June 1

RICE TERRACES. The world-famous Ifugao rice terraces in Batad. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

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

Protesters display a placard during a demonstration in Taipei on September 12, 2016. Thousands of tourism industry workers took to the street in Taiwan September 12, demanding the government to address a slump in visitors from China as cross-strait ties deteriorate. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Tourist bus crash kills 24 in Mexico

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The victims were on holiday and on the way to the beach district of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in Guerrero

The story behind the photos of tourists posing on Pampanga crosses

Apr 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Netizens condemn the desecration of religious symbols as photos spread online

ON THE CROSS. Three of the photos shared on Mandaue City Mayor Luigi R. Quisumbing's Facebook page show people posing on the cross. Screen shot from Facebook.

#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

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Feb 21, 2017 - 1:07 PM

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Korean returns to PH to file case vs extortion cops

Jan 31, 2017 - 1:18 PM

The Korean tourist Lee Ki Hun returns on January 31 and proceeds to Angeles City to file statements with Pampanga CIDG investigators

FILING CHARGES. The Korean tourist will stay in the Philippines for a few days to finish the filing of charges against cops accused of illegal arrest and extortion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Visa applications of Chinese to PH surge by 250%

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The number of Chinese applying for a tourist visa to the Philippines rises to 1 400 daily

IMPROVED RELATIONS. This was an impact of the improved diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China since Duterte’s state visit to Beijing last October, leading to the lifting of the Chinese restriction on travels to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

Budget guide: 6 things to do in Yunnan, China

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Looking to explore China outside of Shanghai Nanjing and Beijing? Here are the beautiful history rich attractions you can see in Yunnan

YUNNAN. There are many things to see and do in and around Yunnan. The Stone Forest, pictured above, is just a bus ride away. All photos by Joshua Berida

Record-high 1.7M tourists in Boracay in 2016

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:06 AM

The number of foreign tourists in the world famous Philippine island resort surges to 868 765 in 2016 while domestic tourists register 813 302 arrivals

Indonesian tourist boat captain held after deadly fire

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Authorities say the captain is being questioned over over suspected negligence in relation to the fire which reduced the boat to a blackened wreck

PH to make Mindanao global tourist spot in 2017

Jan 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We will bring Mindanao to global tourism this year Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre says

DIVING SPOT. Tourists from Hong Kong enjoy diving in Dapitan City. Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Diving Group

Boracay Island on track to reach 1.7 million arrivals - DOT

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:50 AM

A total of 1 585 821 tourists have stayed in Boracay as of the month of November 15 percent higher compared to same period last year

PEAK SEASON. Most of the local hotels in Boracay are already booked for the holidays.

Palawan’s natural assets to undergo recreational services accounting

Dec 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM

We need to protect these assets to make them sustainable says World Bank consultant Reynaldo Fulleros

PRISTINE BEACH. San Vicente Island in Palawan. Photo from Keith Anthony Fabro

Japanese tourist allegedly raped in south Indian town

Nov 27, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The suspect is a 25 year old whose family runs a handicrafts store in the tourist hotspot

Spanish taxi driver returns 10,000 euros left in cab

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:35 AM

The driver turns over a suitcase containing the money to police who then tracked down the owner

China lifts travel advisory vs PH

Oct 20, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The lifting is expected to help Chinese and Philippine governments reach the target of 1 million Chinese tourists arrivals in the Philippines by end of 2017

AFTER TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral talks on October 20, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH, China to sign MOU on tourism cooperation

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and China National Tourism Administration chief Li Jinzao will sign the MOU in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte and China President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday October 20

WORLD-FAMOUS BEACH. Boracay Island is a top destination of Chinese tourists in the Philippines. Rappler file photo

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Oct 12, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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DOT hopes Pacquiao can stage fight in PH to boost sports tourism

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Secretary Wanda Teo says the DOT is looking at a potential visitor market for sporting events like boxing fights and hopes boxing promoters can make it happen

PACQUIAO FIGHT IN PH? The Department of Tourism hopes Manny Pacquiao can stage a fight in the Philippines to boost sports tourism. File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Visa guide: How to apply for a Japan tourist visa in Manila

Oct 08, 2016 - 5:26 PM

Longing to visit Japan and have a Philippine passport? Make sure you get your visa in time Here s a guide

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. Photo by Aleah Taboclaon

Hiking gone wrong: Indonesian volcano erupts as tourists hike nearby

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Nearly 400 people were recorded as hiking near Barujani – a smaller cone within the crater of Mount Rinjani – when it began erupting prompting evacuation

Korean hiker falls to death at Negros Occidental resort

Aug 19, 2016 - 3:05 PM

The 64 year old Korean professor sat down on a rock then just rolled off the cliff says resort manager Ellen Marie Jalandoni

Photo from Mambukal Resort's website

Myanmar tourism boom set to bring 7.5M visitors a year

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:45 PM

We will try to find new destinations for tourists to visit and we will also support community based tourism says tourism official Tint Thwin

epa04605785 Tourists visit at the MyaTheinTan pagoda in Sagaing, some 10 kilometers northwest of Mandalay, central Myanmar, 06 February 2015. Record tourist arrivals and tourism revenue in 2014 surpassed expectations, officials said Monday. Hotel and Tourism Ministry data showed the country hosted more than 3.5 million tourists and earned 1.14 billion dollars in 2014. Most visitors were from Asia, especially from Thailand, Japan and China, which made up 67 per cent of tourist arrivals in 2014. Tourism numbers have been on the rise since the country began to open up following the 2010 election that ended military rule. Authorities predict 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015 and the ministry plans to open up more coastal areas and ethnic regions in addition to the traditionally popular destinations. Myanmar is planning for tourist arrivals to reach 7.5 million in 2020. EPA/PYAE SONE AUNG

Sandugo Festival: Experience Bohol's past and future

Jul 31, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Writer Josh Berida explores Bohol beyond the iconic Chocolate Hills and tarsiers

CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP. The Blood Compact Shrine is a reminder to the Boholanos of the friendship of East and West in the Country. Photo by Josh Berida

Boracay tourist arrivals near 1M mark for 2016

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:05 PM

The number of tourists to the island for the first half of 2016 hits 982 710 – an increase of 15 32 from 2015

New airline ready for takeoff as Cyprus tourism soars

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Cyprus is famous for its beaches but officials hope to make the European country s other offerings just as popular

A Cobalt aeroplane is given a water cannon salute as it taxies after touchdown at Larnaca airport on May 30, 2016, during a blessing ceremony ahead of the launch of the new Cyprus-based airline which was postponed until July due to delays getting its commercial license. As Cyprus emerges from a deep financial crisis, a new low-cost airline, Cobalt, will launch in July 2016 to tap into the Mediterranean island's resurgent tourism market.   / AFP PHOTO / Florian CHOBLET / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CLEMENT MELKI

[Where I've Been] Apo Reef, majestic underwater world

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:49 PM

It s a whole new world underwater Traveler Pauline Buenafe shares her account of a spectacular visit to Apo Reef

Photo by Inggo Escalante

Getting to these PH beaches isn't easy – but it's worth it

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Where can you find a natural jacuzzi pink sand and more? A trip to these beaches may take hours and hours – but it s well worth the magical sights that await

Luxury hotel Conrad Manila opens its doors

Jun 16, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The SM owned Hilton managed hotel is located in the flourishing Bay City district

Thai rescuers battle rough seas in search for missing British tourist

May 28, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Thai rescue workers resume the search for a British man missing after a speedboat accident

ROUGH SEAS. A photo made available on 27 May 2016 shows foreign tourists being rescued by Thai marine police officers and rescuers after a speedboat capsized at sea off the coast of Koh Samui resort island, Surat Thani province, southern Thailand, 26 May 2016. Photo from EPA

El Niño drying up Cebu’s 'Little Amsterdam'

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Cebu province recently declared state of calamity due to dry spell

Beautiful Bicol: What you can see, eat, and do

Apr 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Find out how you can hike the hills of Quitinday swim with the fish in Matnog feast at Bicol s restaurants and more

Subic Beach. Photo via Dennis Ruiz

British tourist speaks up about 'awful' PH vacation

Apr 05, 2016 - 6:08 PM

Filipino personalities like Mikey Bustos and Daphne Osena Paez comment via social media after YouTuber Elayne Peddy shares about being bullied in the Philippines for her weight and skin color

ELAYNE PEDDY. Elayne thanks social media users for their kind comments after she shared about her experiences with discrimination in El Nido, Palawan. Screengrab from YouTube/ELAYNE PEDDY

Turkey tourism dives amid security fears

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The number of foreign visitors heading to Turkey drops 10 32 in February

epa03293362 A picture made available on 03 July 2012 shows hot air balloons flying over a valley of the UNESCO World Heritage Rock Cave site of Cappadocia, a region stretching across the south-eastern part of central Anatolia with formations of volcanic tuffs and sandstones carved by erosion, in Turkey 22 June 2012. The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey declined by 1.53 percent at to 3.23 million in May 2012. The number European tourists has dropped due to the ongoing European debt crisis. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

European travel agents defy Internet threat

Mar 16, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The travel agency industry in Europe is performing well even with competition from online bookings

epaselect epa05202243 Two people stand in front of an oversized photo of two people snorkeling in the South Pacific at the booth from Tahiti during the ITB Berlin international travel trade show in Berlin, Germany, 09 March 2016. Around 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries are presenting their new offers in the travel industry from 09 until 13 March 2016. The Maldives are the official partner country at the ITB this year. EPA/SOEREN STACHE

24 women rescued from Boracay human trafficking

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The suspects are collared after receiving P4 000 in marked money from a confidential agent who acted as their customer

Tourists flock to Indonesia for rare total solar eclipse

Mar 07, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Indonesia set to witness the eclipse travel in a broad arc across the world s biggest archipelago nation

RARE ECLIPSE. Indonesia prepares for a total solar eclipse. File photo of total solar eclipse at Svalbard, Norway, 20 March 2015 by EPA.

Navy rescues 102 tourists stranded in Masbate

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:38 PM

The local tourists mostly from Metro Manila are on a 3 day island hopping activity and get stranded on Sombrero Island

RESCUED. More than 100 tourists are stranded in Sombrero Island, Burias, Masbate, on February 9, 2016, after they refuse to heed gale warning. Navy officers rescue them. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Muslim countries are seeing a drop in tourist arrivals according to industry experts

epa05019250 A general view for a beach in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 November 2015. About 25,000 Russian tourists returned home from Egypt over the weekend, amid fears that a terrorist bomb could have brought down an airliner last week. President Vladimir Putin ordered a suspension of passenger flights from Russia to Egypt after an airliner apparently exploded on October 31 while flying over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. EPA/NAMIR GALAL/ALMASRY ALYOUM EGYPT OUT

Sagada tourists double in 2015

Feb 07, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The figures for the peak months tie nicely with the fact that the romance movie That Thing Called Tadhana was released in February 2015

'HUGOT' DESTINATION. The surge in tourist arrivals in Sagada corresponds to the time when many travellers might have seen the romantic movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana,' parts of which were shot in this Mountain Province town. Photo by Philip 'Biag' Del Carmen

Australian ambassador in Indonesia: Stereotype of drunk Australian tourists unfair

Feb 01, 2016 - 8:30 PM

You get 1 1 million Australian tourists going to Bali do 1 get into trouble? Half a per cent? No The number of cases dealt with by the consulate in Bali last year was in the low hundreds

Seger beach in Lombok Island, in West Nusa Tenggara province. Photo by Nila Tanzil/Rappler