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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

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

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

'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

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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

La Union beyond surfing

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Know more about Luna town's picturesque pebble beaches and hidden charms

SEASIDE ART. Artwork face the sea. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar, Joms Santos and Eleazar Cuela

Marina gives extra push promoting PH cruise shipping tourism

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Despite advocating promotion of cruise shipping industry, the Maritime Industry Authority assures that it will be 'uncompromising' in enforcing strict policies for accreditation

Photo by Alecs Ongcal

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

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

PH travel, tourism sectors girding for planned Boracay shutdown

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Airlines and hotels will take a hit, if the government pushes through with its planned temporary closure of Boracay. But some developers say it won't delay the construction of major commercial developments in the island.

Aerial view of Boracay image from ShutterStock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 18, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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CAMP WELCOME. 4th Infantry Division officers welcome President Rodrigo at the 4ID Advance command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

News Briefs: March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 23

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.

Cesar Montano to head Tourism Promotions Board

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says Cesar Montano – President Rodrigo Duterte s choice not hers – is expected to take his oath on December 15

Foreigners nabbed for 'sex on Boracay beach'

Nov 19, 2016 - 1:53 PM

According to the police an immigration officer approached the suspects who were both naked to stop doing the act

WATCH: 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' takes over London railway station

May 27, 2016 - 10:52 AM

The DOT dominates the London Waterloo station to invite the station s travelers to come to the Philippines through banners video screens photo op stations virtual reality goggles and more

Screengrab from YouTube/PDOT London

Why can't Baguio's Loakan airport attract commercial flights?

Apr 05, 2016 - 3:28 PM

There is hardly any celebration in Loakan on the 75th anniversary of Philippine Airlines maiden flight to the summer capital s airport

WANTED: COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS. Baguio City's airport has yet to attract companies to reopen commercial flights due to safety concerns. Photo by Mau Victa

DENR imposes stricter rules for Mt Pulag trekkers

Feb 13, 2016 - 1:25 PM

To date all Saturdays and Sundays up to December 2016 are fully booked

MOSSY TRAIL. Mt Pulag is a favorite among trekkers. Photo courtesy of Mt Pulag Park management

900th whale shark found in the Philippines

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:44 AM

The discovery of the 900th whale shark in the Philippines shows there is progress in the conservation efforts; however there is still work to be done to ensure the species survival

Fruits, flowers, food: Davao celebrates 30th Kadayawan Festival

Aug 23, 2015 - 4:40 PM

This year s Kadayawan festival showcases Davao s culture through music dancing competition and food

FULL LIST: Winners, Miss Tourism Philippines 2015 coronation night

Aug 01, 2015 - 9:06 PM

Roanne Refrea is Miss Tourism Philippines World 2015

MISS TOURISM PHILIPPINES. Roanne Refrea, Riann Charlotte Kalaw, Leidda Paulette Babasanta, and Alexandra Mae Rosales win titles. Photo by Collin Yap

AEC 2015: Will PH firms be market disruptors?

May 21, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Businessmen analysts and senior government officials weigh in on how the Philippines will fare once the ASEAN Economic Community comes into force in December and the challenges it has to address now

READY OR NOT. Is the Philippines ready for the upcoming ASEAN economic community? File photo by Rappler

PH embassy in Malaysia launches Second Ambassador's Tour

Apr 01, 2015 - 3:45 PM

The Embassy of the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur invites Malaysians and Filipinos to join the Second Ambassador s Tour to the Philippines from May 2 to 5 2015

Camiguin declared insurgency-free

Feb 11, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The island province among the top tourism destinations in the country draws 380 000 visitors a year

INSURGENCY FREE. Colonel Jesse A Alvarez, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander (left), Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo (center), and Police Senior Superintendent Wilfredo  Cayat, provincial police commander, sign the Memorandum of Agreement turning over the peace and security control from the army to the police on February 10, 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Preserving paradise: Three pillars of sustainable ecotourism

Aug 25, 2014 - 10:33 AM

The growing tourism industry in El Nido presents tremendous opportunities for this first class town to be a model of sustainable ecotourism

Filipino wedding planners tapping into overseas market

Jun 10, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Top PH wedding planners group holds first expo in OFW populated Singapore

Sarbay Fest: A beach party to end all beach parties

May 24, 2014 - 11:34 PM

Gumasa in Sarangani is poised to become a favored beach destination after this year s Sarbay Fest draws tens of thousands to its white sand shores


PH 'well situated' to take advantage of ASEAN integration

May 20, 2014 - 5:50 AM

But it must address the weaknesses of some sectors such as manufacturing and agriculture and challenges in energy transport and infrastructure

PH embassy brings fiesta to US capital

May 06, 2014 - 1:06 AM

Only 3 000 visitors were expected but a total of 6 105 people – mostly Americans – went to the embassy along Massachusetts Avenue

Mark Lapid reappointed to TIEZA

Feb 22, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Malacañang says it is satisfied with Lapid s performance as chief operating officer of TIEZA

REAPPOINTED. Mark Lapid was reappointed to TIEZA on February 18 by President Benigno Aquino III. Photo from

Paseo de Manila tourism zone to rise in Luneta Park

Aug 31, 2013 - 7:45 AM

The country s national park agency has bigger plans to redevelop the People s Park

PASEO DE MANILA. The proposed plan shows new buildings with rooftop gardens rising in the side of Luneta Park with the Quirino Grand Stand and Manila Ocean Park. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Grace Poe pushes for film tourism

Jul 01, 2013 - 1:33 PM

Neophyte senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay file their first bills in the Senate

Carlos Celdran appointed Manila tourism consultant

Jun 22, 2013 - 11:04 AM

As Manila tourism consultant Celdran spots key areas that need improvement — namely safety security and cleanliness

THE MAN FOR MANILA. Carlos Celdran is all set to improve tourism in Manila. Photo from Carlos Celdran Facebook page

Agri, tourism, exports key to PH sustained growth

Jun 08, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Marketing expert Willy Arcilla and other marketers say the government should focus on agriculture tourism and exports

BACK TO BASICS. Marketing expert Willy Arcilla and other marketers say the government should focus on agriculture, tourism and export. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

Tourist arrivals up 10% in Jan-April

May 30, 2013 - 8:37 PM

The government cites increased travel demand during summer and the success of its tourism campaign as reasons for the growth

Aquino: Brush up on European languages

Mar 16, 2013 - 8:23 PM

The President advises the staff of Solaire Manila Resorts to learn European languages to prepare for an increase in tourists from the region

Tiger Airways raises funds for PH, Indonesia expansion

Mar 08, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Budget carrier Tiger Airways plans to raise 297 million for expansion plans in Indonesia and the Philippines

REGIONAL EXPANSION. Tiger Airways plans to raise $297-M to finance its plans for regional expansion. Photo from AFP

ADB oks $12.7-M tourism grants for PH

Mar 07, 2013 - 6:25 PM

The Canadian government funds the financial aid meant to boost jobs for youth in the tourism sector

TOURISM GRANTS. The Asian Development Bank has approved two technical assistance grants to help improve the Philippine's tourism industry. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike. 3.0 © Eugene Alvin Villar, 2007

Aquino signs law scrapping foreign carriers tax

Mar 07, 2013 - 2:47 PM

Aquino signs the law exempting international carriers from tax in a move to meet the 10 million tourism target

PHILIPPINES SIGNS LAW TO EXEMPT INTL TAXES. A law exempting international airlines from paying common carriers tax will help boost the number of direct flights from Europe into the Philippines. Photo by AFP

Finally, PH passes aviation safety audit

Mar 04, 2013 - 5:57 PM

This marks the first of a series of steps that will allow Philippine carriers to fly to the US and EU

AVIATION SAFETY UPDATE. Will the Philippine aviation regulator finally receive an upgrade? AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

YEARENDER: 12 big business stories in 2012

Dec 31, 2012 - 5:51 PM

This list shows how the movers and shakers took advantage of opportunities and navigated the risks how political leaders showed grim determination and how intertwined the players in both business and politics are

PH expects 1-M Korean tourists in 2012

Dec 12, 2012 - 10:44 AM

South Korea is the Philippines single largest tourism market accounting for almost 1 4 of annual arrivals

ONE MILLION. This 2012, the Philippines is targeting one million tourists from South Korea. This AFP photo shows tourists visiting the Puerto Princesa Subterrarean River National Park in Palawan.