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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...

Poe: Expand NAIA to solve airport congestion

Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares on Thursday, March 1, said the airport congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) would be better solved through its...

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...

Colossus of Egyptian King Ramses moved to new home, carefully

CAIRO — Egypt moved an 83-ton, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo’s new Grand Egyptian Museum last Thursday in...

Davao, Cebu business chambers zero in on tourism as economic drivers

BUSINESS CHAMBERS in two of the country’s major cities outside the capital Metro Manila are putting focus on the promotion of tourism as a...

Inaul weaving festival serves as a centerpiece of ARMM tourism

DAVAO CITY -- The second Inaul Festival, which highlights the traditional handwoven textile from Maguindanao, will start on Feb. 14 and this year’s celebration...

Visiting Guam: A bit of history and a whole lot of...

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter Despite being a US territory, the small island of Guam in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has quite a number...

Boosting tourism after Marawi

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Twenty-seventeen was a difficult year for Mindanao as one of its main cities, Marawi in Lanao del Sur, reeled from...

Halal industry eyed to encourage Muslim tourists

By Carmelito Q. Francisco Correspondent DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DoT) in the region has started its inventory of halal-friendly establishments with the goal...

TIEZA approves P10M for drafting Davao City tourism master plan

DAVAO CITY, which has seen a surge in visitors since mid-2016 following the election of its former mayor, Rodrigo R. Duterte, as the country’s...

Baguio mayor suspends classes as tourist influx causes road congestion

THE NOV. 13-15 holiday declared in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga for the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit has drawn tourists...

Think tank says implementation issues to hinder tourist tax

A TAX on foreign tourists has the potential to raise additional revenue for the government at a negligible cost to foreign travelers, though such...

Cebu provincial gov’t to review ‘Big 5’ tourism program as town...

CEBU’S “Big 5” tourism program, which focuses on five towns in the southern half of the province, will be reviewed as mayors of other...

Italy plies visitors with wine as it eyes tourism catch-up

BOLGHERI, ITALY – Eating lunch in Italy’s Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this...

Davao delegation in Japan for tourism, investment road show

A TEAM from the Davao City government and private sector representatives are in Japan this week to make a pitch for increased Japanese tourists...

Golden getaway: cost, safety prompt more Chinese tourists to stay closer...

SHANGHAI – As China’s army of tourists prepares for this week’s “Golden Week” vacation, the hottest destinations aren’t Paris, New York or Tokyo. Instead,...

Chicago is more popular with tourists than ever

By Nikki Ekstein Bloomberg CHICAGO, described by President Trump and others as a hellish, dystopian crime scene akin to a “war-torn nation” and “worse than Afghanistan”...

Bangkok remains top global tourist destination

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter SINGAPORE -- Asian cities -- led by Bangkok -- remain the destinations of choice of global tourists this year,...

South Koreans still pushing for Iloilo-Incheon flights

ILOILO CITY -- South Koreans residing in Iloilo, majority of them students, remain hopeful that direct flights to and from Incheon will push through. Moon...

Mactan airport operator aims to double number of airlines

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter DIVERSIFIED engineering conglomerate Megawide Construction Corp. expects to double the number of airlines flying in and out of the Mactan-Cebu...

Beer, Nazis, and a palaceTaking a tour of Munich

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor Hundreds of thousands head to world’s biggest beer festival in Theresienwiese, Munich every year. This year,...

Beatles fans, start planning your pilgrimage to India now

By Patrick Scott, Bloomberg PAUL SALTZMAN was stoned — not on drugs, but on inner peace — as he sat cross-legged in an ashram bungalow...

Singapore launches its new branding

AFTER SEVEN YEARS, Singapore is retiring its tourism branding — Your Singapore — and replacing it with something that “is a reflection of who...

Paris revels in tourism surge, but cautious after Barcelona

PARIS – Paris is on track to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a bumper first half, a senior official said,...

PATA’s travel forum scheduled in September

THE Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Philippines Chapter will hold the fourth edition of its annual Pinoy Chikka Travel Forum on Sept. 19, 1...

A hot time in Paris

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia Summer is a great time to visit Paris. After all, the days are filled with sunshine, and...

Forget casinos, Singapore’s Indian tourists are cruising

SINGAPORE -- When Indian architect Rahul Maini and his parents embarked on their first trip abroad in May, Singapore was their destination of choice. But...

No letup against human trafficking, immigration bureau says

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) affirmed on Friday that there will be no letup in its campaign against human trafficking as it reported that...