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Philippine tourism faces bleak 2021 amid virus

THE OUTLOOK for tourism next year remains bleak, with the Philippines struggling to contain a coronavirus pandemic and travelers awaiting the development of a vaccine, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), an industry trade association.

Tourism training to be added to school curriculum

THE Department of Education  has agreed to add tourism and hospitality industry training to the high school curriculum, the Department of Tourism said.The new courses will be added to the technical and vocational curriculum for junior and senior high school in the public school system.

Royal Caribbean suspends cruises through year-end

Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group said on Monday it would stop all its cruises through the end of the year, extending previous suspensions, as...

Inbound int’l tourism may pick up starting late 2021

THE Philippines may only see a significant rise foreign tourist arrivals starting late 2021 or early 2022 as uncertainty over the pandemic continues, Fitch Ratings said.

Thailand welcomes backs tourists after April virus ban as political protests...

BANGKOK — Thailand received a group of tourists from China on Tuesday, its first such arrivals since a ban on commercial flights was imposed...

Tourism expects recovery next year

THE Philippine tourism industry could expect some recovery by the first quarter of 2021, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said.

With foreign tourists gone, Balinese rediscover seaweed farming

NUSA LEMBONGAN, Indonesia — Before the coronavirus pandemic took its grip on Indonesia, the pristine beaches of Lembongan island lapped by the Indian Ocean...

Local units have final say on travel limits, Tourism agency says

LOCAL governments in Metro Manila will have the final say on local restrictions even after lockdown measures eased by the National Government, according to the Tourism department.

Tourism promoters hoping for realistic return from trade show

THE government’s tourism promotions arm said it is hoping to generate “realistic” revenue from its trade show in Bohol next week.

Need a visa to visit the US? Expect much longer wait...

The US agency in charge of processing immigration applications said on Tuesday that it had avoided a planned furlough of 70% of its staff...

Beach holidays for some in China, belt tightening for others

The recovery in China’s consumption is moving in two different directions, with the wealthier shopping for luxury goods and taking holidays to the beach, while poorer households continue to cut back.

Swiss tourism says stay home, travel later — but keep us...

A YEAR AGO, a video promoting tourism to a certain country or location would have been intended to lure people to the place — showing its amazing scenery, its friendly people, and good food. Switzerland’s most recent video includes the usual, only this time, the country is encouraging potential tourists to stay home, be safe, and travel later.

Thailand seeking ways to safely reopen borders to boost economy

THAILAND is cautiously looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to survive an extended period without international visitors, who account for about two-thirds of the country’s tourism income.

Global travel on ice until mid-2021, Qantas chief says

International travel won’t resume until mid-2021 as coronavirus flareups keep borders closed, Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said. Routes to the US...

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world’s most visited city

BANGKOK — Bangkok tourist destination Khao San Road is usually heaving with people on weekends, its cheap beer bars, tattoo parlors, street vendors, hostels,...

US lifts global health coronavirus travel advisory

WASHINGTON — The US State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all...

Tourism industry backs ‘bubble’ strategy of direct flights to destinations, bypassing...

THE tourism industry said it is backing a “tourism bubble” strategy to allow visitors to bypass high-risk areas like Metro Manila, after yet another lockdown cut off flight service from the capital.

No ‘zero risk’ in international travel, WHO says

Countries should gradually lift international travel measures based on a thorough risk assessment and must prioritize essential travel for emergencies, the World Health Organization...

Second COVID-19 wave forces new travel curbs around the globe

SYDNEY/LONDON — Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday, while an abrupt British quarantine on travelers from Spain threw Europe’s summer reopening into...

Tourism investment in 2019 at P569B

INVESTMENT in tourism totaled P569.09 billion in 2019, providing a pre-pandemic baseline for spending in an industry expected to undergo a long recovery in the next few years.

Philippines reimposes ban on non-essential travel abroad

The Philippines is suspending its decision to allow non-essential overseas travel, after only one company agreed to provide health insurance to outbound passengers.

Travel firms brace for huge losses

MOST tourism-related businesses in the Philippines expect revenue losses of over 50% this year, amid travel restrictions and business closures due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a survey from PwC Philippines/Isla Lipana & Co. showed.

Big majority of Japanese reject gov’t tourism campaign amid new coronavirus...

TOKYO — Most people in Japan are against government plans to kickstart domestic tourism with a subsidized campaign, according to newspaper surveys published on Monday, as fears grow over the number of new coronavirus cases, particularly in Tokyo.

Tourism recovery to be gradual; small firms struggling to survive

THE recovery in the tourism industry will be gradual and will depend on how well governments arrest the spread of infection, though the industry is expected to report significant losses over the full year, according to the International Institute of Finance (IIF).

The virus is still sapping China’s $6 trillion power to consume

Three months after China started to emerge from its coronavirus restrictions, its army of shoppers that help power the global economy are still nervous of travel, reticent to spend, and forming habits that may change the face of consumption permanently.

Singapore finds staycations can’t fill $20-B tourism hole

IN INDONESIA, locals can soon fly from Jakarta to the beaches of Bali for a domestic vacation. Tokyo residents can escape the pandemic stress with a hike up Mount Fuji, and New Yorkers can head to the Hamptons on Long Island.

Tourism contribution to national output in 2019 biggest since at least...

By Lourdes O. Pilar, Researcher THE TOURISM industry's contribution to the economy grew in 2019, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data released on Friday showed. Preliminary data...

2018 tourism statistics hint at losses to come

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) now estimates tourism’s contribution to the economy in 2018 at nearly an eighth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), pointing to the magnitude of the expected setback this year with travel devastated by the pandemic.

Rescue plan should aid firms pivoting out of tourism industry —...

THE tourism industry may include firms that have no option but to exit the industry, and the government’s recovery plan should support such companies, a think tank official said.

Reimagining Davao’s fruits for tourism promotion

DAVAO CITY — Durian-camote rolls. Mangosteen panacotta with pomelo bits. Marang puffs.

PHL may face up to $1.9B in GDP loss — ADB

THE Philippines may lose up to $1.939 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Friday.

Road seen to boost tourism, agriculture in La Union small mountain...

SANTOL, a small mountain town in the eastern part of La Union, is now more accessible to tourists with the completion of a three-kilometer access road, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Thursday.

International event to bring P700M in tourism receipts

MORE than 5,000 foreigners from 67 countries are in Manila to attend an international convention, and are expected to generate about P700 million ($14 million) in tourism receipts for the Philippines, organizers said.

Is Trakaro the TripAdvisor of sustainable tourism?

Trakaro’s general manager describes his platform as the local TripAdvisor for sustainability. But what makes a business sustainable in the first place?

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 regulator sets stage for more private sector partnerships

THE TOURISM Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) on Aug. 29 approved its own joint venture guidelines for private sector partnerships, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Farm Tourism to benefit farmers and fisherfolk

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM (DoT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat cited farm tourism as a “catalyst” for sustainable tourism and inclusive development, not that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10816, titled “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016,” have been released.

Word-of-mouth marketing boosts Northern Mindanao tourism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — With travel bans from various countries hanging over Mindanao, promoting tourism in the Philippine’s southern islands is no easy task.

New tourism destinations declared in Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija

FOUR SITES in Luzon — three in Ilocos Sur and one in Nueva Ecija — have been declared as new “tourist destinations” in the country and will be given priority for development.

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).

Tourism estate developer’s income drops in Q2

GLOBAL-ESTATE Resorts, Inc. (GERI) delivered a five percent decline in attributable profit amid double-digit growth in revenues for the second quarter of the year.

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.

Oriental Mindoro eyes cultural heritage, agri-tourism as draws

IT WAS a few minutes past 7 p.m. when spectators gathered to watch young Pandanggo sa Ilaw dancers performing in the streets of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro at the 2019 Pandang Gitab (Festival of Lights) on April 27.

3 tourism road projects in Gonzaga completed

THREE ROAD projects leading to tourist sites in Gonzaga, Cagayan have been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 2 office (DPWH-2) reported.

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.