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Discovering Surabaya’s spices and steams

AS THE crow flies, or an airplane would, Surabaya in Indonesia’s Java Island would just be two hours away from my hometown of Davao in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao.

Catanduanes: heritage, surfing, and island hopping

CATANDUANES — located in the archipelago’s Pacific seaboard off mainland Bicol region — promises pleasant surprises and lives up to its moniker as “The Happy Island” despite its seeming obscurity.

Faith, farming, and eco-tourism

AT first glance, Leyte’s Baybay City does not seem to be a sight-seeing destination. But a closer look reveals that it is emerging as Eastern Visayas’ hub for faith, farm, and eco-tourism -- with a bit of a push by the Department of Tourism (DoT).

World Travel Expo expects 30,000 visitors, focusing on millennial market for...

THE World Travel Expo returns for its third year with bigger discounts and deals for local and international destinations.

Boracay main roads to be ready by Oct. 26 ‘soft opening’...

THE tourism department said the rehabilitation of Boracay is expected to be complete by December 2019 and that major roads will be ready more than a month before the resort island reopens to visitors.

2 new international routes opening in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is confident that the addition of two more international routes to and from the city this year will boost tourism in the region and other parts of Mindanao.

Bicol International Airport project halfway done — DoTr

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) said construction of the Bicol International Airport is 50% complete and is well on track for its opening in...

No changes to Boracay business clearance processing — DoT

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) will not make any changes to the processing of business permits in Boracay amid concerns that tighter rules caused delays in their reaccreditation.

Train stations, graffiti, and penguins: some reasons to visit Melbourne

WITH its beautiful architecture, its efficient tram system, and a countryside which is a source of both good wine and chocolates, it is very easy to see why Melbourne, the second-most populous city in Australia with almost five million people, was named the “world’s most liveable city” for seven consecutive years by The Economist.

Dry run for Boracay re-opening set for Oct. 15; only 1,000...

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that it will be conducting a dry run on Boracay a week before the island...

Sustainable agri-tourism gets the spotlight in DoT trade show

The Department of Tourism (DoT) will be promoting sustainable agri-tourism in its food and travel exposition, Philippine Harvest, which will be launched on Friday,...

Hilton eyes more partnerships in PHL

HILTON WORLDWIDE Holdings, Inc. is on the lookout for more partnerships with hospitality institutions in the Philippines, as it seeks to develop more talents to serve the growing tourism industry in the country.

Former Tourism chief Tulfo, brother may face graft charges —...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said former Tourism Secretary Wanda T. Tulfo-Teo, her brother Ben T. Tulfo, and...

Frozen in time, Havana looks to put a modern stamp on...

HAVANA, CUBA -- Havana could be compared to the colorful 1950s classic American cars that fill its roads: an object of desire for historians and tourists alike.

Cebu tourism sector eyes new foreign markets

SOUTH KOREAN visitors have significantly contributed to Cebu’s tourism industry in terms of spending, but the province cannot solely depend on the ‘Korean economy’, the regional tourism chief said.

Taiwan government seeks visa-free privilege for citizens visiting the Philippines

The Taiwanese government is requesting the Philippines to grant Taiwanese tourists visa-free privilege. Alfred Y.H. Yang, director for the Economic Division of the Taipei Economic...

Boracay road works finished in time for October opening — DPWH

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the rehabilitation work being done on roads in Boracay is set to meet its October...

Japan relaxes visa requirements for Filipinos traveling to Japan

Japan has relaxed the visa requirements of Filipinos traveling to Japan in an effort to boost repeat visitors in the country, the Embassy of...

Iceland wants foreigners to stop buying its land

A little over a century ago, a young woman named Sigridur Tomasdottir threatened to throw herself into the icy gorge of Iceland’s iconic Gullfoss...

Tourist arrivals in the Philippines hit record high in first half

Visitor arrivals for the first semester of 2018 reached an all-time high of 3,706,721, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported on Thursday, July 19. Citing...

Former Tourism chief may face graft charges over PTV ad deal

The Commission on Audit flagged a possible "conflict of interest" among the Tulfo siblings over the P120-million Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the Department...

PAL to mount flights to Sapporo in September

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will start flying to Sapporo in September, as Japan gains popularity as a tourist destination among Filipinos.

Philippines, Papua New Guinea increase air entitlements

THE PHILIPPINES and Papua New Guinea now have expanded air entitlements, having signed an agreement to improve air connectivity on Thursday.

Resort operator’s sales plunge in May due to Boracay closure

BOULEVARD Holdings, Inc. (BHI) saw a significant drop in sales of products and services for the month of May, following the six-month closure of Boracay Island where the company operates a beach resort.

BSP banks on BPO, tourism for trade boost

REVENUES from business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism will buoy the country’s external trade balance this year as these industries are expected to grow by a tenth, the central bank said.

DoT’s no-bid contracts to go through CoA, Tourism chief says

The Commission on Audit (COA) is set to audit no-bid contracts under the Department of Tourism (DoT, newly appointed Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on...

Beach town Glan aims to make its ancestral homes another tourism...

GLAN, SARANGANI -- This coastal town, home of the annual Sarangani Bay Festival every May, is popular in the tourism circuit for its long, pristine white sand beach.

Tourism share of GDP hits 18-year high in 2017

THE TOURISM industry’s contribution to the economy was the highest in 18 years in 2017, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Tourism contribution to GDP highest in 18 years

Tourism’s contribution to the Philippine economy, as measured by the share of tourism direct gross value added (TDGVA), was highest in 18 years, the...

Denmark eyes increase in Filipino tourists

Denmark targets a continued increase in Filipino tourists this year, officials said. Danish Ambassador to the Philippines Jan Top Christensen reported a 42% increase in...

Cesar Montano resigns from Tourism Promotions Board amid controversy

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Actor Cesar D. Montano has stepped down as chief operating officer (COO) of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) amid the...

Tourism Promotions Board COO Montano quits

Actor Cesar D. Montano has stepped down as chief operating officer (COO) of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) amid the controversy over his P80-million...

From prayer to party

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter That the Philippines is a Christian country — more than 90% of the population is Christian, with over 80% Roman...

Duterte names new Tourism chief

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday evening, May 8, named Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the new chief of the Department...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts face endless problems (1998)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO CITY - The famed island of Boracay may have survived the coliform contamination controversy last year, but the nearly year-old financial...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Resorts lost P6.5M due to Boracay row (1997)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO — Boracay resort operators had incurred losses amounting to P6.5 million as a result of reports of unsafe water in...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts brace for less tourist arrivals (1997)

The Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) Region 6 director Edwin G. Trompeta recently warned of a decline in visitor arrivals in Boracay Island due to...

BHI lists countermeasures for Boracay closure

Boulevard Holdings, Inc. (BHI) has provided countermeasures for the company’s operations in Boracay given the island’s shutdown on Thursday, April 26, including the payment...

Boracay temporary closure to cost PHL economy nearly P2 billion —...

THE CLOSURE and rehabilitation of Boracay is seen to cost the economy some P1.96 billion in six months, the National Economic and Development Authority...

Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be updating the master plan for Boracay to include the neighboring islands in the Northern...

New aviation deal to allow flights between Philippines and Maldives

The Philippines and Maldives have signed an air services agreement that will allow direct flights between the two destinations. The agreement provides an initial entitlement...

400 cops to be deployed in Boracay to prevent entry of...

AT LEAST “400 policemen” will be deployed to Boracay “to prevent” local and foreign tourists from entering the island beginning April 26, incoming Philippine National...

Palace insists ‘no new casino’ in Boracay; PAGCOR permits China firm...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter "No new casino will rise in Boracay," Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Wednesday, April 11, despite...

Boracay may reopen in 4 months but with limited tourists: Teo

The Philippines is looking to shorten the closure period for its most popular holiday hotspot Boracay to four months from six, but the number...

Fridays Boracay operator estimates P45.5-million revenue loss from island shutdown

The operator of Fridays Boracay Beach Resort will take a hit following the “impulsive” decision of the government to close the island for rehabilitation,...