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'Travel bubbles': DOT eyes tourists from virus-free countries to visit PH

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:27 PM

The government is looking at tourists from countries with low to zero coronavirus cases such as Australia and New Zealand

BORACAY. The government is eyeing to open up tourism sites to tourists from countries with low coronavirus cases. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH tourism revenues, arrivals halved in first trimester of 2020

May 20, 2020 - 3:37 PM

The Philippines earns P79.8 billion from January to April 2020, against last year's P180.52 billion

AFFECTED. Tourists along Boracay Island's shores during Holy Week 2019. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

[Letters from Mama] Optimism, thanks to my children

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Philippines' Tourism Secretary writes about finding hope through her children

TO MAIA AND VITO (AND BIGGIE TOO). The tourism secretary with her children – fur baby included. Photo from Berna Romulo-Puyat's Instagram

‘He gave generously’: Aquino’s tribute to late tourism chief Mon Jimenez

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III remembers Jimenez as someone who ‘helped unify the majority of our people towards achieving the successes that we could be proud of as a nation’

President Benigno S. Aquino III is received by DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr, Heads of International Tourism Organizations , Members of Diplomatic Corps upon arrival at the Philippine International Convention Center for the attendance to the Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN Tourism Forum. (Photo: Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Former tourism chief Mon Jimenez dies

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' campaign was launched during Mon Jimenez's time as tourism chief

Sweeper flight takes 143 foreign tourists in Mindanao to Manila

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The marooned foreigners are gathered by the Australian Embassy and the Department of Tourism from 3 regions in Mindanao

TEMP CHECK. A police officer checks the body temperatures of tourists entering the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamsi Oriental. Photo provided by DOT10

WATCH: PH tourism dept pays tribute to coronavirus frontliners in 'With A Smile' video

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The video features footage of an empty metropolis and stills of medical and service frontliners as Luzon enters its 4th week in lockdown

Gov't buildings, hotels, resorts may soon be used as quarantine sites

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:57 AM

Local government units and other government agencies will report to the National Task Force COVID-19 facilities that may be temporarily designated for isolation or quarantine purposes

ISOLATION TENT. A member of the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on March 24, 2020, fixes the isolation tent at the transformed covered court of the Quezon Memorial Circle into a field hospital for patients under investigation/monitoring for COVID-19. The facility will be manned by doctors and healthcare workers from the Quezon City Health Department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines taps TikTok users to address coronavirus tourism impact

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:21 PM

#GoCreatePH encourages millennials to dance while featuring their hometown's tourism spots

Philippines to spend P6 billion to boost tourism amid novel coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says the government will develop infrastructure in tourist spots and improve secondary airports to cushion the economic impact of the novel coronavirus

DOT postpones nationwide mall sales amid coronavirus scare

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:13 PM

The tourism department says it 'maintains its stance to prioritize the safety of its citizens more than visitor arrivals and revenue'

POSTPONED. The nationwide mall sales that were meant to be part of the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival have been postponed. Screenshot from Facebook.com/DepartmentOfTourism

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

DOT is Google's first GMB Trusted Verifier in the Philippines

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Tourism will work closely with Google in digitizing the tourism establishments in the Philippines, says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

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

DOT wants to regulate Airbnb lodgings

Sep 30, 2019 - 5:10 PM

There are no specific laws regulating online platforms like Airbnb

BUDGET. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Tourism and its attached agencie on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Paolo Duterte hits tourism chief: 'Napupuyat na ko sa babae na 'to'

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:15 PM

It's President Rodrigo Duterte's son, House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, versus Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

PAOLO VS BERNA. House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte delivers a manifestation against DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on September 19, 2019. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers want to increase tourism department's budget by P800 million

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:29 PM

The budget department has slashed to P3.8 billion the P4.3 billion originally proposed by the Department of Tourism mostly for its regional projects

MORE FUNDS. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat's agency is strongly supported by lawmakers during its budget hearing in the House on September 4, 2019. February 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

WATCH: DOT partners with Jollibee for food-centric tourism campaign

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'We believe that one of the best ways to explore the Philippines and experience the country's culture is through our numerous and unique food offerings,' says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

EATS MORE FUN. The Department of Tourism partners with Jollibee for its food tourism campaign. Photo courtesy of Jollibee

COA flags P500-M worth of tourism department transactions

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The transactions involve foreign travels, expenses for ASEAN and APEC summits, and salaries of Central Office personnel

Tourism's GDP share rises in 2018 despite Boracay closure

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The number of jobs in the tourism industry also inches up by 1.8% to 5.4 million in 2018

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Mon Tulfo: Andanar ‘manipulated’ irregular DOT-PTV deal

Jun 03, 2019 - 2:42 PM

‘Ben and Andanar manipulated it. Andanar manipulated the whole thing,’ says Ramon Tulfo

Why the 2019 World Street Food Congress isn’t happening

May 18, 2019 - 6:59 PM

With the event's abrupt cancelation by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, the WSFC team isn't happy

Foreign tourist arrivals up by over 7% in Q1 2019

May 09, 2019 - 7:50 PM

South Korea and China remain the Philippines' top source markets for foreign tourists in the 1st quarter of 2019, with a double-digit growth for China

FAMOUS BEACH. Tourists stay by Boracay's famous White Beach. File photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

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

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

Puyat commends Catriona Gray for efforts in promoting the Philippines

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says Catriona is the perfect tourism ambassador for the country

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat poses with Barabara typeface of the #itsmorefuninthephilippines campaign slogan during courtesy call at the Tourism office in Makati City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will be in El Nido town on November 28 to meet with local officials

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

After criticism, no more balloon releasing in next Mimaropa Festival

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Mimaropa's top tourism official thanks EcoWaste Coalition for pointing out that releasing balloons is harmful to the environment

Photo from the Arawatan & Mimaropa Festival 2018 Facebook page

Full Boracay rehab by December 2019, says DOT chief

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Tourism officials have asked airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan and Kalibo in Aklan, since Boracay can only accommodate a limited number of tourists per day

BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says Boracay rehabilitation will be completed next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler


Ben Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: PTV still owes us money

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Tulfo refuses to answer how much the government owes his production company Bitag Media

UNPAID. Bitag Media CEO Ben Tulfo says his contract with PTV4 is valid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tulfos: We will not return P60M to government

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'Wala ho sa isip ko magsasauli kasi wala akong ginawang ilegal. Papanindigan po namin ang kontrata, legal po ito. Wala po kaming ginawang illegal,' says Ben Tulfo during a Senate hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

LIVE: Senate hearing on Tulfo's P60-M earnings from DOT ad placements

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Watch the hearing on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

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

P7.8M in 2019 national budget to be used in tourism safety

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat also pledges to put up health facilities in tourist destinations in coordination with the Department of Health

DOT BUDGET. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on August 8, 2018 defends the DOT budget at the House committee on appropriations hearing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH vows to boost tourist safety after jellyfish kills girl

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Filipino-Italian swimmer Gaia Trimarchi, 7, dies after being stung by a box jellyfish in Caramoan, Camarines Sur

TOURIST SAFETY. A file photo of Sabitang Laya Island in Caramoan, where a 7-year-old girl died after she was stung by a box jellyfish. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Legal process continues despite Ben Tulfo refusal to return P60M – Roque

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Tulfos are supposed to return the payment because of a Commission on Audit notice of disallowance, but this can still be appealed

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

Call for proposals: DOT tourism research grant

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for applications is on July 31, Tuesday

Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

More fun? Inefficiencies in Teo’s DOT term raise audit red flags

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The 2017 audit report of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is rife with delayed projects, deficient planning and multi-million projects that went unmonitored and cannot be measured for their worth

AUDIT RED FLAGS. Commission on Audit (COA) reveals multiple deficiencies and inefficiencies in how the Department of Tourism spent P2 billion of its budget in 2017 under the leadership of former secretary Wanda Teo.

COA flags P19 million travel allowances of DOT officials

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(UPDATED) The department spent P19.2 million on travel allowances alone in 2017, including P863,961 for resigned secretary Wanda Teo

TRAVEL ALLOWANCES. Department of Tourism officials including resigned secretary Wanda Teo, and current Undersecretaries Kat De Castro and Benito Bengzon receive hundreds of thousands worth of allowances for their foreign travels in 2017, according to the Commission on Audit.