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Palawan ranks 4th in Tripadvisor world’s trending destinations

Palawan ranks 4th in Tripadvisor world’s trending destinations

2024 January 12 MANILA – Palawan has been named the world’s fourth trending destination in Tripadvisor’s 2024 Travelers’ Choice Award Best of the Best Destination. The award places the island together with popular destinations across the world, including Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, Halong Bay and Sapa in Vietnam, Bogota in Colombia, Pattaya in Thailand, Casablanca in Morroco, and...

Government to Russians: Make Philippines your next travel, investment destination

Government to Russians: Make Philippines your next travel, investment destination

2023 December 25 MANILA – The Philippines has invited more Russians to make the country their next travel and investment destination after bagging the Tourism Destination of the Year award from the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RAUIE) last week. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the industry union has recognized the country as a “promising tourism and investment...

‘Tis the season to visit Sorsogon

‘Tis the season to visit Sorsogon

2023 December 18 DARAGA, Albay – Sorsogon City in Bicol has been adjudged the top local holiday destination for Filipinos in 2023. It beats out more popular tourist spots such as Palawan and Boracay, according to Airbnb, a home-sharing platform. To unravel the allure of Sorsogon, three urban dwellers explain why a trip to this laidback province is the ultimate getaway...

Philippines surpasses 4-million mark in foreign arrivals

Philippines surpasses 4-million mark in foreign arrivals

2023 September 29 MANILA – The Philippines has received more than four million foreign visitors since the beginning of 2023, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco shared the inspiring data Friday. The country hit a total of 4,005,465 in arrivals, accounting for over PHP316 billion in tourism spending as of posting. “I am very pleased to deliver the good news that today we...

DOTr: Direct flights from Thailand to Philippine tourist destinations doable

DOTr: Direct flights from Thailand to Philippine tourist destinations doable

2023 September 12 MANILA – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista assured senators on Tuesday that he will work with the Department of Tourism in creating available direct flights from tourist destinations in Thailand to the Philippines and vice versa. During the budget deliberation of the DOTr and its attached agencies, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri shared the idea he got...

Frasco cites Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s programs for tourism industry

Frasco cites Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s programs for tourism industry

2023 September 2 MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Friday that policies and programs that would upgrade critical tourism infrastructure and capacity building for the workforce and entrepreneurs are underway. In his speech read by Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco during the 34th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) opening ceremony at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex...

New law declares Baler ‘birthplace of Philippine surfing’

New law declares Baler ‘birthplace of Philippine surfing’

2023 August 8 MANILA – The measure declaring the town of Baler in Aurora province as the “birthplace of Philippine surfing” has lapsed into law. Republic Act (RA) 11957, the new law, recognizes Baler as “one of the premiere surfing sites in the country” and one that earned a “significant spot in the history and origin of Philippine surfing.” “The State...

Albay town eyes subterranean cave as new tourism site

Albay town eyes subterranean cave as new tourism site

2023 April 14 POTENTIAL TOURIST SPOT. A team from the Municipal Tourism and Cultural Heritage Office of Camalig town in Albay province conducts an initial area and risk assessment at the Calabidongan Cave on Thursday (April 13, 2023). The cave located in Barangay Calabidongan is being eyed as a new tourist attraction in the town. LEGAZPI CITY – A new potential tourism...

Philippine destinations nominated anew in 2023 world travel awards

Philippine destinations nominated anew in 2023 world travel awards

2023 February 21 MANILA – The Philippines and two of its leading destinations have been nominated for major awards under the Asia category of the 30th World Travel Awards (WTA). The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Tuesday that the Philippines is running as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, after winning in the same category during the last WTA in September 2022. The...

Philippines holds great potential to attract Japanese tourists: Travel Org

Philippines holds great potential to attract Japanese tourists: Travel Org

2023 February 10 MANILA – Japanese stakeholders are bullish on Philippine tourism prospects, especially with a wide range of travel offerings. Takahashi Hiroyuki, chairperson of the Japanese Association of Travel Agents, said during a stakeholders’ meeting with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, that the Philippines would attract a large number of Japanese visitors as leisure travel between...

Canada ending requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, ArriveCan app at border Sept. 30

Canada ending requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, ArriveCan app at border Sept. 30

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed to let a cabinet order enforcing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the Canadian border expire at the end of this month. The decision was confirmed by two senior government sources, who spoke to The Canadian Press on the condition they not be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The change will...