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‘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...

‘CU in the NT’ tourism logo causes stir

SYDNEY — A brazen tourism logo, “CU in the NT,” aimed at attracting people to Australia’s Northern Territory has caused a social media stir,...

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...

Discovering more than gold in Compostela Valley

By Carmencita A. Carillo and Maya M. Padillo COMPOSTELA VALLEY — The ride down the smooth, winding road leading to this province from its southeastern...

Celebrating idleness

Words and images by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman AFTER SAILING for nine hours straight, I have perfected the art of doing nothing. Going to Boracay...

Why QC wants to be like SG

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman WHILE QUEZON CITY lacks the natural resources for sightseeing or trekking, it does offers eight man-made activities for city...

After a bad year, S. Korea tourism industry targets MICE tourists

By Zsarlene B. Chua WHILE last year was pretty turbulent for the South Korean tourism industry, with the MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus) wreaking...

Korea targets conventioneers with hallyu and modern facilities

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre A quiet afternoon at the branch of coffee chain dal.komm in Incheon was interrupted by a busload of foreigners, hoping to...

Giant cruise ship heads to Arctic on pioneering journey

LOS ANGELES -- It is a voyage explorers only dreamed of not so long ago. But thanks to climate change, a luxury cruise ship has...

Are Philippine travel agencies dead?

By April Paulyn B. Roque That’s a question that’s been hounding the industry since the late 1990s. During that period, Internet access became widely available locally,...

Keeping divers safe: New hyperbaric chamber to boost Davao tourism

By Carmencita A. Carillo, Correspondent DAVAO CITY — The setting up of a hyperbaric chamber in the city, the first in Mindanao, is expected to...

Tourism’s economic contribution marks new milestone in 2015

Philippine tourism became more fun in 2015, as its contribution to the economy breached a trillion pesos to hit its highest in the final...

Iceland’s tourism boom fuels recovery, lays bare locals’ plight

GRINDAVIK, ICELAND — On a recent weeknight Iceland’s top tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, is packed with visitors wearing mud masks and...

A Senior in Seoul

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto Korea is popular for dramas, pop music, trendy fashion and makeup -- come-ons for young and the middle-aged tourists....

‘Tourists go home’: Spain tourism surge brings backlash

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN -- On the walls of the grand old houses of this Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year,...

Planned strikes and protests threaten already battered Paris tourist season

PARIS -- As Paris tourism struggles to overcome last November’s Islamist attacks, the world’s most visited city faces a new threat: a wave of...

Visiting Duterte country

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua THANKS to Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Davao City mayor who ran for and won the presidency, the spotlight...

Cuba scrambles to keep pace with US-fueled tourism boom

HAVANA -- The number of US visitors to Cuba has nearly doubled this year, its tourism minister said on Wednesday, as the island races...

Descendants of the Sun star is new face of Korea tourism

“CAPTAIN YOO SI-JIN” is officially the Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador for 2016 and will feature in television commercials and various promotional activities for South...

Star Wars’ filming tempts Dark Side of tourism in Dubrovnik

WITH DUBROVNIK’S medieval promenade choked with floodlights, camera booms and a downed spaceship parked against a stone pillar, Desiree and Roger Hamilton had to...

Ode to the Boatman

ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S first tourist attractions, the iconic Pagsanjan Falls, is one of the most memorable travel images of Philippine dating back to...

Religious tourism

By Zsarlene B. Chua WHILE FRANCE welcomes millions of tourists each year, many visit this center of culture as part of a more all-encompasing European...

Davao’s Chinatown gets all dressed up

By Carmencita A. Carillo DAVAO CITY -- Four archways in different spots mark Chinatown here, which, at 44 hectares in what is mainly the central...

A return to Lingayen Gulf

GENERAL Douglas MacArthur’s oft-quoted one-liner “I shall return” has been associated with the massive landing of Allied Forces in Leyte Gulf during World War...

Arctic islands seek to charm visitors with winter cold, darkness

OSLO -- A Norwegian chain of Arctic islands is seeking to turn numbing cold and total winter darkness into a draw for visitors who...

Five new areas pushed as diving destinations

By Joseph L. Garcia IT’S NOT JUST Coron, anymore, folks -- five new “rising stars” among diving spots were pinpointed by the Department of Tourism...

Around the world at the Milan Expo

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia THERE WAS just one reason why I wanted to go to Milan this summer -- the world’s fair, called Expo...

Korea: ready for travelers

By Zsarlene B. Chua “KOREA TOURISM is back to normal,” was the first line in the statement released by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) during...

Sea to summit

MOUNTAINS AND SEAS are the country’s top eco-tourism drawers for both mountaineers and beach lovers. Over at Agusan del Norte, its capital, the City...