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Floating Petri dishes? Coronavirus puts cruise industry in the dock

Feb 23, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Cruise-goers have fallen sick en masse in the past, their predicament on the high seas coming into sharp focus because the holidays can cost thousands of dollars and are often marketed as trips of a lifetime

QUARANTINED. A worker is seen against the Diamond Princess cruise ship in quarantine due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 19, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH gov’t urged to brace for tourism dip due to virus outbreak

Feb 23, 2020 - 12:20 PM

House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the Philippines is expected to lose 1.2 million Chinese visitors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

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

'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

Southeast Asia feels the burn as coronavirus keeps Chinese tourists at home

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:53 PM

Businesses are praying for a bounce back if and when the virus is controlled

WAITING. This photograph taken on February 12, 2020 shows employees waiting for tourists at the entrance of the Floating Market in Pattaya. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

'Travel with me around PH,' Duterte tells Filipinos amid tourism slump over coronavirus fears

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:02 PM

President Duterte tells Filipinos 'everything is safe in our country,' as the government moves to boost domestic tourism after its ban on non-Filipino travelers coming from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan

PH TRAVEL ADVOCATE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants Filipinos to patronize domestic travel after government-imposed travel bans over the coronavirus outbreak caused a slump in tourist receipts. Presidential Photo

Philippines seen to lose P42.9B in tourism revenues due to coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:10 PM

P42.9 billion is the projected revenue loss for February to April 2020, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat

BAN. The Philippines has since imposed a travel ban, covering China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

With Taal Lake off limits, Batangas highlights other tourist spots to lift economy

Feb 08, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Batangas has a lot more to offer tourists than Taal Volcano Island, which has been placed on permanent lockdown by the national government

TOURIST HUB. Batangas provincial officials are promoting tourist spots besides Taal Lake and its Volcano Island, once a major revenue source for the province. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Brazil tourism board mistakenly posts robbed tourist's rant on Instagram

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Embratur, as the tourism board is known, leaves the message up long enough for the gaffe to go viral before deleting the post

SUNSET. Worshippers take part in the traditional ceremony of Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda at the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on February 2, 2020. Photo by Rafael Martins/AFP

Boracay eyes travel ban on mainland China tourists

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:09 AM

'Isang case ng coronavirus sa Boracay, sira na ang isla,' says town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

French writer 'regrets' his pedophile sex tourism in Asia

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Matzneff never made any secret of his sexual preference for adolescent girls and boys and it did not stop him winning the Renaudot prize in 2013

Beijing to close section of Great Wall, other tourist sites

Jan 24, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The Great Wall attracts around 10 million tourists a year and is a popular destination for visitors during the Lunar New Year

GREAT WALL. This file photo shows Chinese tourists climbing the Great Wall at Badaling, north of Beijing. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

Camiguin Island to set benchmarks for carrying capacity

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:41 AM

'Before, we would want to have more visitors, but that's not really right. We want more tourists here, but now, we want it to be within the carrying capacity of our island,' Camiguin Governor Romualdo says

Candidates for Miss Universe 2017 frolics in the fine white sands of White Island, a kilometer long white sand beach off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin. The Island embarks on a carrying capacity study to set benchmark for sustainable tourism visa-vis environmental protection. Photo by Bobby Lagsa//Rappler

6 tourists arrested after feces found in sacred Machu Picchu area

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:11 AM

The tourists face at least 4 years in prison if found guilty of damaging Peru's heritage

MAGNIFICENT. The Machu Picchu site in Cusco, Peru. (Photo from AGFP)

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

Elephants in Thailand 'broken' for lucrative animal tourism

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:48 PM

According to frustrated activists, there is little impetus to enact more stringent rules in Thailand's tourism industry, which welcomed over 30 million tourists in 2019 alone

ELEPHANT 'SANCTUARY.' This photo taken on November 8, 2019 shows tourists taking pictures with elephants at the commercial Maetaeng Elephant Park in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cyrille Payumo on winning Miss Tourism International 2019: I made sure that I'm prepared

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:24 AM

The new Miss Tourism International winner will be traveling to various countries as the organization's spokesperson

PH bet Cyrille Payumo crowned Miss Tourism International 2019

Nov 09, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Cyrille brings home the crown for the Philippines after two years

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN tourism message for China: Welcome, but diversify!

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines must prepare for the double-edged sword of Chinese spending. This potential for China 'weaponizing' tourism has a history.

Smart to roll out Google Station, interactive tourism markers in Intramuros, Rizal Park

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Free Wi-Fi seen to boost tourism in Manila's historical sites

Shunned by Chinese tourists, Thailand's Phuket braces for rare slump

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Chinese tourists are usually present even during Phuket's low season, but that is 'not the case this year'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 02, 2019, a couple sit at a restaurant on Raway beach on Phuket island. - Hotels in Thailand's most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in visitors from China caused by the US trade war and stronger baht. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Temple runs in Siem Reap

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:30 AM

They pay homage to a rich heritage of early kingdoms, gods, and kings

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

Saudi Arabia allows unmarried foreign couples to rent hotel rooms together

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Saudi women traveling alone would also be able to check into a hotel by presenting a valid ID

SAUDI SKYLINE. A picture taken in November 2017 in Riyadh shows the Kingdom Center. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

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

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

Saudi Arabia offers tourist visas for first time

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The kingdom also eases its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women

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

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

Bangkok is city with most international visitors in 2018 – report

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Bangkok, Thailand tops the list for the 4th straight year with almost 23 million international visitors in 2018, beating Paris and London

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

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

Looking for sustainable hotels and restaurants? Find them through this app

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Trakaro is an online sustainability rating platform that aims to promote sustainable tourism in the Philippines

Tourism in trouble: Hong Kong protests hit economy

Aug 11, 2019 - 11:00 PM

Visitor arrivals and hotel occupancy rates in Hong Kong are down 'double-digit' percentages, as protests continue

Taiwan president slams Beijing's solo tourists ban

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'Tourism should not be politicized,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen after China's tourism ministry announced the suspension of individual travel permits to the island

TOURISM. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen slams China's decision to halt individual travel to the island. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Virgin Galactic seeks space tourism boost with market launch

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'By embarking on this new chapter...we can open space to more investors and in doing so, open space to thousands of new astronauts,' says Richard Branson

RICHARD BRANSON. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson speaks during a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Isko Moreno wants to develop 'tourism circuit' in Manila

Jul 07, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The 'tourism circuit' would connect Intramuros to the National Museum, Rizal Park, Binondo, and other heritage districts in Manila

NATIONAL SHRINE. Luneta Park vendors went viral for posing with Chinese flags ahead of Independence Day. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons

Light up Mayon Volcano? No plans yet, says Albay tourism official

Jul 07, 2019 - 1:44 PM

(UPDATED) How can anyone consider lighting up something the size of Mayon Volcano when Albay has power problems, some netizens ask

PERFECT CONE. Mayon Volcano drwas tourists near and far to see its perfect cone. Photo by MarvinBikolano, CC BY-SA 4.0

Tourism Board blames Montano, Teo in anomalous P80M Buhay Carinderia project

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The hasty payments ‘were done upon the directives of former COO and former Secretary of DOT,’ says the current management of the Tourism Promotions Board

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano (C), and former tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo (R) at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

Megaworld subsidiary eyes P1.4-B income from rentals, hotels in 2019

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Amid its expected doubling of income for 2019, Global-Estate Resorts says it wants to contribute to the Philippines' tourism sector

MORE INCOME. The launching of more projects in 2019 is expected to double GERI's income.

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

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year, says NASA.

NASA The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

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