Home Tags Tourism

Tag: Tourism

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,...

Duterte mulls turning Boracay into ‘land reform area’ for farmers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Monday, April 9, that the controversial Boracay island may be subject to land reform coverage. The President made his...

Study that will show Boracay’s ‘carrying capacity’ out end of April

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be releasing a study on the carrying capacity of Boracay island by the end of April. Designated...

PAL, Cebu Pacific, Airasia announce flight changes on impending Boracay closure

The three major carriers in the country have shifted their focus on flights to and from Boracay, to other island destinations following the impending...

Duterte approves six-month closure of Boracay starting April 26

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior...

Boating paradise

The Philippines could become a sailing superpower, if only...

PCCI calls for government to reconsider plan to shut down Boracay

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has called on the government to hear out stakeholders before finalizing its shutdown on Boracay establishments. In...

LRWC: Boracay resort not a ‘mega casino’

Leisure and Resorts World Corp. (LRWC) clarified on Monday, March 26, that the $500-million Boracay resort it will be developing is not a mega...

Your itinerary for Visita Iglesia in Intramuros

Follow the Catholic practice of Lent at historic Intramuros.

DENR to draft management plans for other tourist spots

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will come up with management plans for other tourist sites in the country to avoid the...

Megaworld plans more museums for its townships

Megaworld Corp. plans to include museums in its integrated townships, in a bid to promote local culture and tourism which would, in turn, drive...

House committee on tourism backs temporary closure of Boracay

The House committee on tourism expressed support in the proposed temporary closure of Boracay as following its own inquiry into the woes of the...

Duterte backs closure of Boracay for a few months

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, March 20, assured the inter-agency task force working on the rehabilitation of the country’s world-famous...

Lawmakers say closing Boracay for a year will do more harm...

Senators on Friday, March 16, expressed their dismay over the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and...

DoTr clears NAIA ‘super consortium’s proposal for evaluation

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has completed the evaluation of the bid of the "super consortium" of conglomerates to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International...

Binay calls for evaluation of LGUs in ‘island destinations’

Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay on Thursday, March 8, wants an inventory of the country's tourism island destinations to check the local government...

Pimentel: Closing Boracay is ‘good in the long run’

Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III on Wednesday, March 7, expressed his support to the government's plan to temporarily close Boracay Island to tourists...

Cruise tourist arrivals in the Philippines surge nearly 2000% in January

Cruise ship tourist arrivals skyrocketed by 1,953% to 9,156 passengers in January from only 446 in January of last year. The Department of Transportation (DoTr)...

The perils of overtourism

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino Special Features Writer The Philippines, which boasts of a colorful history and culture, rich biodiversity and stunning attractions, has continued to...

Travel agencies’ digital dilemma

IN an age when practically anyone with a smartphone, a stable Internet connection and a credit card can book a flight and hotel room...