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With coronavirus under control, Vietnam and New Zealand see different travel...

LONDON/HANOI — Laura Douglas’ tourism start-up, a farm surrounded by snow-tipped mountains in southern New Zealand, was attracting hundreds of mostly foreign visitors a month until the coronavirus pandemic brought it to a sudden halt in March.

Darkened duty-free shops are fueling a worldwide chocolate glut

When commodity analyst Judy Ganes spent 36 hours flying home from a business trip to Asia, it was what she didn’t see that stuck with her.

A guide to wine touring

FOR wine lovers, there is no better feeling nor experience then when visiting the wine regions yourselves. Wine tourism involves a visit to wine country, including but not limited to wine tasting, wine purchasing, vineyard tours, winery tours, and even dining and accommodation. Wine tourism is already a thriving business in most of the New World, including Northern California (Napa and Sonoma), the New York Wine Country (Finger Lakes), Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, and even nearby Thailand. Wine tours are definitely much easier when there are already “tourist-friendly” facilities in place.

2 great LGBT travel destinations that might surprise you

AMIT PALEY, 37, is head of the Trevor Project, a charity that focuses on at-risk LGBTQ youth. This year the group was one of the five grand marshals for New York’s Pride March, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in addition to welcoming WorldPride to America for the first time.

Going to Tacloban? Here is where you can stay and what...

ROBINSONS Hotels and Resorts (RHR) has formally opened the fifth hotel under its full-service Summit Hotels umbrella — the 138-room Summit Hotels Tacloban which serves as the company’s vote of confidence in the provincial capital’s potential for growth especially in the tourism sector.

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.

The Pen earns its 5th star

MAKATI’S grand dame, The Peninsula Manila, has gained a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide thus making the Hong Kong-based Peninsula brand the first hotel company in the world to garner five stars across all its properties.

Ilocos Norte’s Tan-Ok festival and its stories of greatness

A LITTLE boy is eager to wear a colorful costume for the first time; a new mother who recently returned as a festival dancer, is dedicating her performance to her daughter; and last year’s best female performer from Badoc hopes to bag the same award for a second consecutive year. They have been preparing their routines, props, and costumes since November, and rehearsing along with 49 other performers for a month.

Beyond Bangkok: Thailand promoting secondary cities

THE Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting that more visitors from the Philippines will be visiting the Land of Smiles in 2019 after a good showing in 2018, with an executive from the tourism authority said that they will be promoting secondary cities this year in order for tourists to discover more of Thailand.

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.

An unforgettable city

“STOP MASS TOURISM.” The bright red letters were stencilled on a tourist map sign near the Roman Wall ruins in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (Old Town).

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.

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.

I was on the world’s longest flight. It was brutal, but...

GETTING from Singapore to New York in one hop is better than a layover -- even if it involves taking the world’s longest flight.

Travelon opens its first stand-alone store in the world in the...

HAVING SEEN how its range of products fit Filipinos, innovative specialty travel products and accessories brand Travelon has decided to open its first stand-alone store in the world here in Manila.

A visit to Northern Ireland: No more Troubles, but a lot...

NORTHERN Ireland may not be on most people’s itineraries when visiting the United Kingdom, but it should be.

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.

A (nearly non-political) portrait of Davao

FORGET, for a moment, that Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

No more man in a barrel

AN IVATAN-made watch for dad, a stylish bayong (market bag woven from dried leaves) for mom, wooden carabao and jeepney models for the children, a scarf printed with local flowers for the winter, and Filipino snacks for unexpected cravings — shopping for notably Filipino items is now possible just before a flight abroad.

More than 2,700 new flight routes to open over next 20...

ATR, the world’s largest maker of turboprop aircraft, expects more than 2,700 new routes to be opened by 2037 as regional traffic and demand...

Throw volunteering into your travel and Instagramming mix

Today’s Filipino young professionals love to travel. Department of Tourism numbers show they — with the income and modern-day opportunities to travel — make up a big slice of the domestic tourist market. And for yuppies, traveling is almost synonymous with a chance to fill up their Instagram pages with “IG-worthy” shots, whether it be a sunset, breakfast, or a salagubang (beetle) hanging from a lens cap.

With Art Beat 3, is Tagaytay the next Malasimbo?

Local bands and artists are flocking to the south.

Sight | Luxury long-range jet

Take a look at the world's largest and most luxurious private charter jet.

From prayer to party

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter That the Philippines is a Christian country — more than 90% of the population is Christian, with over 80% Roman...

2GO Group, Inc.: Moving businesses and the country forward

2GO Group, Inc. is regarded as one of the premier transport and logistics providers in the Philippines which legacy of leadership and services was...

PAL hopeful of signing deal with strategic investor this year

DAVAO CITY — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is finalizing talks with a group of investors that would also help develop markets, according...

Finding his place in the sun

Alfonso Louis Chusuey talks about the growth of the Henann Group of Resorts and the possible closure of Boracay.

Seeing HK as the locals do

HONG KONG has always been a favorite out-of-the-country haunt of Filipinos and the numbers prove it: from December to January 2017, 894,489 Filipinos visited...

Favorite Things | No passport, will travel

AirAsia Chair Marianne B. Hontiveros recalls the time she flew from Frankfurt to Manila sans documents.

Travel in style

An ambassador. A member of retail royalty. A sometime-actress, artist, and senator’s spouse.

How to go on vacation like a boss, a literal boss

It doesn’t matter how high up you are on the corporate ladder: you need to take a break or risk burning out. Here, members of the C-suite share travel hacks they picked up while earning frequent flyer miles.

DoT honors films which highlight destinations, encourage tourism

IN RECOGNITION of recent films that showcased the beauty of the Philippines, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism (DoT) has...

Sunsets, holy springs, and shopping: so much to do in Bali

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor Bali is best known for its beaches and surfing spots, but this popular Indonesian island destination...

Overtourism and the big chill: travel trends in 2018

BERLIN -- The tourism industry is booming as travelers find ever more intrepid ways of exploring the globe and receding security fears revive old...

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...

CAAP 10th anniversary: Excellence in the skies

Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) celebrates 10 years of its commitment to ensuring a safe, secure and green Philippine sky....

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...

Focusing on the BGC business traveler

By Zsarlene B. Chua INTERNATIONAL budget hotel chain, ZEN Rooms, has introduced ZEN Homes — its solution to what the company sees as a current...

Charitable holiday traveling

BOOKING a holiday and traveling to your destination this December can be both enjoyable and charitable thanks to the “See the World” campaign. This fund-raising...

Davao under martial law

Text and photos by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter WHEN MARTIAL LAW was declared in Mindanao in May, the tourism and hospitality industry in Davao...

Taking in a bit of Korean culture

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor SEOUL — While most tourists flock to shooting locations of Korean dramas or shop for Korean...

Marco Polo’s Hong Kong hotels get an update

THREE Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong have gotten an update with contemporary lobbies and exteriors, and an additional Continental Club floor of suites. All...

Italy in high spirits

Beyond the centuries-old temples and colosseums of Rome, and the celebrated churches and museums of Florence and Milan. WORDS CLAIRE J. JIAO  |  IMAGES ROB...