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Things to know before setting off for Boracay Island

Boracay Island is reopening today after several months of rehabilitation. But there are some things one must be mindful of before heading for one...

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...

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...

BI issues new travel cards for international passengers

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Thursday, July 12, in a statement it has started issuing new arrival and departure cards for international...

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...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts face endless problems (1998)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO CITY - The famed island of Boracay may have survived the coliform contamination controversy last year, but the nearly year-old financial...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Resorts lost P6.5M due to Boracay row (1997)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO — Boracay resort operators had incurred losses amounting to P6.5 million as a result of reports of unsafe water in...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts brace for less tourist arrivals (1997)

The Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) Region 6 director Edwin G. Trompeta recently warned of a decline in visitor arrivals in Boracay Island due to...

Workers question constitutionality of Boracay closure, ask SC to issue TRO

Workers and residents of Boracay, through the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL), on Wednesday, April 25, filed a complaint before the Supreme Court...

BHI lists countermeasures for Boracay closure

Boulevard Holdings, Inc. (BHI) has provided countermeasures for the company’s operations in Boracay given the island’s shutdown on Thursday, April 26, including the payment...

Boracay temporary closure to cost PHL economy nearly P2 billion —...

THE CLOSURE and rehabilitation of Boracay is seen to cost the economy some P1.96 billion in six months, the National Economic and Development Authority...

Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be updating the master plan for Boracay to include the neighboring islands in the Northern...

Palace insists ‘no new casino’ in Boracay; PAGCOR permits China firm...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter "No new casino will rise in Boracay," Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Wednesday, April 11, despite...

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...

Fridays Boracay operator estimates P45.5-million revenue loss from island shutdown

The operator of Fridays Boracay Beach Resort will take a hit following the “impulsive” decision of the government to close the island for rehabilitation,...

Duterte mulls turning Boracay into ‘land reform area’ for farmers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Monday, April 9, that the controversial Boracay island may be subject to land reform coverage. The President made his...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Packed with tourists, Ibiza struggles to house locals

IBIZA TOWN, Spain – Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain’s Ibiza...

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,...

Amsterdam seeks ways to tame its flood of tourists

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS — Some 17 million visitors flock to Amsterdam every year, but the tide of tourists is now threatening to swamp the...

Japan wants foreign tourists to avoid ‘public flatulence’

TOKYO — A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public “belching or flatulence” in an etiquette guide which was...

Skip Room Service: Singapore wants business trippers to have fun

THE lone business traveler has a typically sad routine: finish with meetings, head back to the hotel, fire up the laptop, and work while...

China’s new glass bridge tests courage of tourists

PINGJIANG, CHINA  — China’s first glass suspension bridge, which dangles 180 meters over a canyon in the central Hunan province, has excited — and...