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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.

Farm tourism gaining ground in PHL

THE PHILIPPINES’ farm tourism sites have helped boost the country’s tourism potential, as total foreign visitor arrivals attributed to agri-tourism grew by 10.24% in January to May last year.

A view of Paradise

WHEN the first Seda hotel opened in Taguig’s Bonifacio Global City in 2013, Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp. (ALHRC) envisioned the brand as focusing on business hotels located in strategic and bustling cities around the country. But in 2017, the company opened its first five-star property, Seda Vertis North, in Quezon City — with 438 rooms and a grand ballroom — making it the largest hotel in the city.

A thriving investment hub

Serving as the center of commerce, trade, tourism, and finance in the Southern Philippines, the city of Davao positions itself as one of the country's...

DENR says rehabilitation plan for other tourism sites on track alongside...

ILOILO CITY — While the spotlight has recently been trained on the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, work on improving other popular tourism sites after Boracay is continuing, according to a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) official.

Five destinations that show there is more to Taiwan

WITH Taiwan waiving visa requirements for Filipinos, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it ranked as the third top destination for travelers from the Philippines using the Agoda online booking platform.

Oasis in the desert

If you tell a fellow Filipino that you are flying to Abu Dhabi, the assumption is almost always that you are going to start working there. And you can’t fault them because as you wait to board the plane for your Abu Dhabi trip, you’d notice that you are surrounded by mothers on the phone, saying their last minute goodbyes to their children. “Mag-behave ka habang wala si mama, ha? I love you, anak [Behave while mom is away, okay? I love you],” implying that they will be gone to work abroad for a long time.

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...