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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)

IN PHOTOS: Rediscovering the timeless beauty of Intramuros

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk’s mission is to bring photographers together and help children in Kenya have a better life

Temple runs in Siem Reap

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:30 AM

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

Sandiganbayan junks P1-B civil case vs Marcoses

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The case is related to Bienvenido Tantoco, his family members, and former Tourist Duty Free Shops chairman Dominador Santiago who were allegedly used as dummies for the Marcoses to obtain P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth

DISMISSED. The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division dismisses a P1 billion civil suit against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos related to Bienvenido Tantoco. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Instagram favorite Masungi Georeserve recognized by UN as one of the world’s most sustainable tourism projects

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:03 PM

They received the award last September 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia

East Asians dominate Boracay arrivals

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The Malay Municipal Tourism Office records show that from January to July over 1.3 million foreign and domestic tourists have visited the world-class resort island

BACK in BUSINESS. File photo of tourists on the pristine white Boracay beach. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

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

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Chinese, Koreans continue to dominate Boracay arrivals

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The number of Chinese tourists to the famed island nearly doubled in the first 5 months of 2019, while less Filipinos visited Boracay during the period, according to data from the Malay tourism office

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

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 tourist arrivals up for Holy Week 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Based on figures from Palm Sunday, April 14, to Good Friday, April 19, more than 50,000 tourists have visited Boracay

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

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

Sanctions delay plans for North Korean beach resort – analysts

Apr 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Several sets of sanctions hamper efforts to secure materials needed to finish the vast beach complex, say analysts

BIRTHDAY. People bow as they pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as part of celebrations marking the birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

East Asians dominate Boracay's foreign visitors

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

China and Korea account for 80% of the total international tourist arrivals from January to March 2019, based on figures released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office

BORACAY TOURISM. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Your guide to getting around Central Japan

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Baffled by Japan’s transportation system? Here’s how you can easily navigate Chubu

Why your tourist brain may try to drown you

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Tourist brain occurs when visual cues in unfamiliar places coax vacationers into taking risks

WRONG NOTION. Recent studies suggest that tourists believe that beach access points and resorts are located adjacent to safe swimming areas, but that isn’t always true. Image from Shutterstock

3 Filipino tourists imprisoned in Hong Kong over bank scam

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The Filipino tourists, all call center employees, 'were sentenced to 5-month imprisonment,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

File image from Shutterstock

Maldives issues warning amid spike in tourist drownings

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:48 PM

A slew of tourists, including two Filipino newlyweds, drowned in a single week in the atoll nation

WARNING. Maldives is known for its turquoise waters and white sand beaches, though resort operators there are now warned to keep an eye on their guests. File photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

DOT: 269,344 tourists visit Boracay since reopening

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:12 PM

DOT-Boracay says foreigners comprised nearly half of the tourists to the famed island from October 26 to December 31, 2018

'NEW BORACAY'. Tourists on the shores of the 'rehabilitated' Boracay Island. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Japan starts $9 departure tax for travelers

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The International Tourist Tax will cover everyone regardless of nationality – from business people to holidaymakers older than two years of age – and will be tacked on to the price of a airline ticket

IN PHOTOS: Why you need to add Central Japan to your travel bucket list

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Take a breather and enjoy the beauty of Japan’s countryside

Tourists throng Egypt pyramids after bombing, but future clouded

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Egyptians working at the world-famous tourist site are concerned the bombing's aftermath may affect their livelihoods

THRIVING AGAIN. Tourists gather at the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on December 29, 2018. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Egypt kills 40 'terrorists' in crackdown after Giza attack

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The suspects are killed in separate raids in the Giza governorate – the scene of a deadly bombing on Friday – and in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry says

TOURIST BUS BOMBING. This picture taken on December 28, 2018 shows a tourist bus which was attacked being towed away from the scene, in Giza province, south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Taiwan searches for 152 missing Vietnamese tourists

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Local media speculate that the Vietnamese may have come to Taiwan to work illegally

Carrying capacity policy in El Nido's lagoons takes effect

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Local environment authorities have started enforcing the carrying capacity policy for El Nido's Small and Big Lagoons

EL NIDO. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

Long weekend 'carmageddon' prompts calls for Sagada tourism regulation

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Sagada tourism council, regional Department of Tourism representatives, and stakeholders have met to discuss the situation, especially with more visitors expected during the Christmas holidays

SAGADA SUNRISE. Tourists watch the sunrise at Sagada. Photo by Jungarcia888 from Wikimedia Commons

EL NIDO: Garbage woes threaten the future

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

An increase in the volume of garbage due to the influx of visitors adds to the environmental woes already threatening El Nido’s booming tourism industry

El Nido: Tourism's boon and bane

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:27 PM

As the number of visitors reaches record-high, tourism takes a toll on the environment of the once laid-back town of El Nido

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