THE city government has tightened the noose on online businesses, particularly travel agencies that are operating illegally.

Many online travel agencies continue to operate without permits, according to Marissa M. Torentera, acting head of the Business Bureau.

The local government are running after these illegal businesses that use the Internet and social media to advertise their services, Ms. Torrentera said.

Two weeks ago, the city government shut down an online travel agency for operating without a permit. — Carmelito Q. Francisco