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DoT ties up with FAO to promote sustainable farm tourism in...

SUSTAINABLE farm tourism has been declared a priority area for promotion in a partnership signed by the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

DoT clearance required for hotels to reopen

THE Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) on Wednesday ordered hotels and other accommodation establishments (AEs) to obtain an authorization from the tourism department before resuming operations.

DoT, Boracay hotel sector to plan room discounts for domestic market...

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) office will meet with the region’s industry stakeholders, starting in Boracay, to map out marketing strategies and possible room rate discounts to spur domestic travel.

DoT-11 gets P10M NCAA fund for regional cultural center masterplan

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Region 11 (DoT-11) has been granted a P10-million fund by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCAA) for a masterplan on the development of a Davao Region cultural hub.

DoT launches Tourism Decade campaign

In celebration of the Philippine travel industry’s rise It is something of an understatement to call the Philippines a tourism hotspot. If the country could...

Tourism industry earned P245 billion in first half

THE tourism industry earned some P245 billion during the first semester of 2019, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).

DoT-Davao bats for use of locally made toiletries in hotels, resorts

DEPARTMENT OF Tourism-Davao (DOT-12) Regional Director Tanya R. Tan is pushing for the use of locally-made toiletries and other products, particularly those from the communities, in the region’s hotels and resorts.

PHL-France sign tourism cooperation agreement

FRANCE AND the Philippines have signed an agreement to strengthen tourism ties and increase the flow of visitors both ways.

Palace bares new appointees

Malacañang on Friday disclosed three new appointees of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Tourism (DoT).

Panglao resorts warned anew

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Central Visayas (DoT-7) again called on resorts in Panglao, Bohol to comply with environmental rules as the government implements a crackdown on violators.

With Cebu and Bohol international airports, DoT sees ‘banner year’ for...

TOURISM in Central Visayas, one of the country’s major tourist drawers, is expected to have a “banner year” in 2019 with two international airports now operating in the region.

Deaf tour guides get DoT accreditation

AT LEAST 13 tour guides have been accredited by the Department of Tourism (DoT) and are now ready to provide special tours around Manila’s historical spots for deaf visitors.

W. Visayas tourism frontliners learn Mandarin as DoT sees 1.5M Chinese...

FRONTLINERS of the Department of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) are undergoing training in Mandarin language as the region anticipates up to 300,000 Chinese visitors next year out of the 1.5 million expected nationwide.

New officials appointed to DoT

MALACAÑANG on Thursday announced President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s new appointments, including new officials of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

DoT to start issuing seals to operate for Boracay establishments by...

BORACAY, MALAY — Accreditation for establishments in Boracay that are compliant with all environmental and legal requirements will be released beginning Aug. 16, in time for the October 26 reopening of the island tourist destination.

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...

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...

DoT pushes for more globally-accredited hospitals to boost Medtourism

CEBU NEEDS to have more internationally-accredited hospitals and wellness-oriented hotels and resorts to cash in on the $22-billion medical and wellness industry, a tourism official said.

DoT deputy moved to DA

MALACAÑANG ANNOUNCED on Thursday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has transferred Department of Tourism (DoT) Undersecretary Jose Garbriel “Pompee” M. La Viña to the Department of Agriculture (DA), taking over the position of former DA undersecretary Bernadette Fatima R. Puyat who now serves as Tourism secretary.

DoT, provincial gov’t map out northern Iloilo tourism plan

OFFICIALS OF the Iloilo provincial government and the Department of Tourism-Western Visayas (DoT-6) are meeting this weekend to discuss tourism concerns and development plans for the northern part of the province.

DoT, DAR chiefs confirmed

THE COMMISSION on Appointments is set to formally confirm the appointments of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Rualo Castriciones, and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Socorro B. Inting on Wednesday.

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...

Malacañang to investigate DoT ad contract with Tulfo firm

MALACAÑANG CONFIRMED on Monday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has already ordered a probe into the advertising contract of the Department of Tourism (DoT)...

DoT counters NEDA: Boracay closure won’t necessarily slow down Western Visayas...

THE WESTERN Visayas office of the Department of Tourism (DoT-6) disagrees with its National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) counterpart in the assessment that...

Buhay Carinderia to tour country in search of the best humble...

THE who’s who of Manila’s culinary scene were quite surprised to find out that Madrid Fusion Manila will not be pushing through in April...

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...

Senators voice concern over Boracay shutdown

By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATORS on Friday expressed their dismay over the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior...

Tourism road projects worth P30.9-billion to be implemented this year

About 1,688 kilometers of tourism roads are programmed for implementation in the P30.9-billion 2018 Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP). The Department of Public Works and...

Philippines’ tourist arrivals hit 6.6 million in 2017, up by 11%

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) reported on Jan. 31 that foreign tourists arrivals hit 6.6 million in 2017, 11% higher than the previous year's...

Underwater photography shootout

THE STAGE is set for the world’s largest underwater macro photography shootout and it is happening in the Philippines. Dubbed as the “World Cup of...

Sailing away

IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced that its flagship, the Superstar Virgo,...

Sailing away

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced...

Tourism to touch the heart

Ads & Ends Nanette Franco-Diyco I caught the launch of the new tourism campaign during the Miss Universe pageant. It’s an emotional segue from the past...

‘The challenge is to go beyond the wow’ — DoT

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) is targeting 12 million tourists arrivals per year by 2022. To achieve this, the...

Farm tourism: for health and travel

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman IF A SECRET is made to be kept, then the Department of Tourism (DoT) is not to be trusted...

Shopping + beaches + mountains = Davao

By Maya M. Padillo DAVAO CITY -- A number of tour packages in the Davao Region covering April 3 to May 1 will be offered...