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El Nido to resolve overcrowding in Small, Big Lagoons

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Local officials hold a dry run of a proposal to limit the number of tourists and kayaks that can enter the lagoons

Thieves in Boracay prey on tourists

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) Two weeks after the reopening of Boracay Island, police receive reports of tourists falling victim to pickpockets

SERENE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

In Panglao: Tourism funds waste management and conservation

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Tourism brings in revenues also spent to curb the garbage problem

New system for old problems: Panglao's struggle with solid waste

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Old and new problems pose challenges to Panglao’s waste management system

Garbage in paradise: The price of Panglao’s rise as tourist destination

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Panglao, often promoted as an alternative to world-famous Boracay, has a long history of neglecting solid waste

CLEAN-UP. Children often volunteer with Plastic Free Bohol in picking up trash along the coastlines of Bohol. Photo by Ben McCormack

Panglao: Riding the tourism cash cow

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Panglao experiences a drastic increase in tourist arrivals after Boracay’s closure

WATCH: Tourists, workers see Boracay come to life again

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The government officially reopens Boracay Island but regulating establishments' permits, putting a cap on the number of visitors, and issuing anti-beach boozing rules

ARRIVAL. Workers arrive at this side of the port at around 8 am on October 26, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

'Game of Thrones' shoot locations in Northern Ireland to open as tourist spots

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:44 PM

It's your chance to channel your inner Stark – just make sure it's the right Stark

Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, says he wants to bring along 6 to 8 artists when he flies around the moon in 2023

TO THE MOON. This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR(Big Falcon Rocket) rocket passenger spacecraft.  Handout/SPACEX/AFP

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

PNP invites tourists: Come to Boracay, you are safe here

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:50 PM

After 6 months of rehabilitation, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has scheduled a soft opening on October 16 to October 25 for local tourists

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Japan's Tsukiji fish market to stop tourist tuna viewings

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

After more than 80 years in operation Tsukiji, the world's largest fish market and a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move east to Toyosu

TUNA MARKET. President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai, Kiyoshi Kimura, displays a 190-kilogram bluefin tuna at his main restaurant near Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2018. File photo Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Davao City's rich culture, as told through the Kadayawan Village

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The village showcases the history of Davao's tribes

Kadayawan Village - Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

WATCH: Washed up garbage seen floating in El Nido, Palawan

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:17 PM

To many, the video serves as a reminder for the public to be mindful of their trash all the time

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

IN NUMBERS: Foreign visitors up by 10% despite Boracay closure

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The Department of Tourism says foreign visitor arrivals still grew in May despite the closure of Boracay as they went to other destinations in the country

SIARGAO. Sugba Lagoon, a popular destination for those who visit Siargao.Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure

Jun 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

A tax of NZ$25-35 would be imposed on international visitors from mid-2019 while price hikes for immigration fees and visas will take effect this November

'Madhouse': Tourists soak up royal wedding fever

May 16, 2018 - 10:43 PM

Windsor is a major tourist draw all year around, and many of those visiting this week planned their trips months before the wedding was announced

MADHOUSE. A visitor takes a selfie with waxwork figures of Britain's Prince Harry and his US fiance Meghan Markle, during a photo opportunity arranged by Madame Tussauds, near Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 16, 2018, as preparations continue ahead of the forthcoming Royal wedding. Photo by  Adrian Dennis/ AFP

No total swimming, fishing ban for Boracay residents

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The island locals will be allowed to enter designated to swimming and fishing areas at particular times

Over 553,000 tourists visited Boracay in 1st quarter of 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The tourism department says the island accommodated 376,171 foreign tourists from January to March 2018

TOURIST ARRIVALS. The Department of Tourism reports the number of tourists who arrived in Boracay Island from January to March 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

PNP deploys riot police among 600-strong force securing Boracay rehab

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Police contingent now in place ahead of 6-month closure of tourist haven

 CLOSE WATCH. A member of the 600-strong  contingent from the PNP with fishermen of Boracay Island. Photo courtesy of PNP

PH blacklists EU political party official over ‘partisan’ activity

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:47 PM

‘A tourist does not enjoy the rights and privileges of a Philippine citizen, particularly the exercise of political rights which are exclusively reserved to Filipinos,’ says Immigration Chief Jaime Morente

BARRED FROM ENTERING. Party of European Socialists (PES) deputy secretary general Giacomo Filibeck is barred from entering the Philippines on April 15, 2018. All photos from Akbayan

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver

TOURISTS. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows tourists in front of a row of speedboats in Maya Bay, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo by Lillian SuwanrumphaU/AFP

Japanese tourist dies on Leaning Tower of Pisa

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Authorities say the 63-year-old was on the 4th floor of the tilted Tuscan monument when he fell ill and died on the spot as emergency services attempted to revive him

Philippines eyes limiting Boracay tourists after 6-month closure

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says tourists who would be bumped off by a daily cap can stay in nearby Caticlan while waiting for slots in Boracay

LIMITED TOURISTS? The Philippine government says it is considering to limit the number of tourists in Boracay after its 6-month closure. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sombrero Island in Masbate closed to tourists

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:29 PM

San Pascual Mayor Zacarina Lazaro cites non-compliance to environmental laws and operating without a permit as reasons for the closure

Netizens on Boracay closure: 'Hassle, unnecessary!'

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'Pati kaming taga-Aklan talaga hindi makauwi, walang flight pa-Kalibo dahil sa closure na 'yan! Ano lalangoy kami?' tweets one irate netizen

British 'budol-budol' victim gets free Banaue vacation

Mar 28, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Banaue police pass the hat to save the vacation of the unfortunate British tourist

BFP says Boracay needs more fire substations

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The Bureau of Fire Protection has only one fire substation on the island, which is a top tourist destination

32 structures in El Nido shoreline easement zone up for eviction

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The government's Task Force El Nido finds only 2 or 3 establishments out of 294 inspected that have complied with environmental regulations

DEMOLITION. DENR Mimaropa orders establishments that have encroached on the coastal easement zone to self-demolish within 30 days, or the municipal government will come after them. File photo by Photo by Oscar H. Purugganan

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

Dogs, cats slaughtered: 'Extreme' markets horrify activists

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Animal activists urge for the shut down of markets in Indonesia, where live dogs and cats are butchered and blow-torched alive

ANIMAL CRUELTY. A dog waits for slaughter at the Langowan market, before he was rescued by DMFI. Photo from DMFI

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

WATCH: Christmas around the world in Tangub City

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:57 PM

In 2007, the Department of Tourism names the city 'Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines'

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%

ASEAN effect: Traffic jam goes to Baguio

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Classes are cancelled, people are lining up for hours for their rides home. There's 'carmageddon' in the Philippines' summer capital.

UNUSUAL TRAFFIC. Private vehicles block streets in Barangay Lualhati – going to Mines View Park, The Mansion, and Wright Park – in Baguio City, as visitors leaving Manila for the weeklong holidays flock to the summer capital. Photo courtesy of Christel Verin

WATCH: This church is made of real human bones

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Take a spine-tingling peek inside the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church

South Korean tourist drowns in Coron

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The 58-year-old tourist is declared dead on arrival at the Coron District Hospital

TOURIST SPOT. A boat docked at CYC Island in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Lawrence Ruiz/Wikimedia Commons

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