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Travel to The Philippines, it’s open for business for feasting, diving and walking

Having endured November’s Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, Filipinos are now asking tourists to return as a way of assisting the country’s recovery. Peak season kicks off this month, so where can visitors safely go? Still off-limits are Samar and Leyte but large parts of popular tourism destinations such as Luzon, Boracay, Palawan and Cebu are open for business. John Oates, contributor to The Rough Guide To The Philippines, knows where he’d go. ‘The isolated province of Batanes, 100km north of the Luzon mainland, has magnificently rugged scenery,’ he says. ‘It’s often hit by typhoons but was spared the worst this time.’


Statement of the Department of Tourism: On the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The DOT is focused on the safety and monitoring of tourist movement in all affected areas and has no reports so far of any endangerment. The DOT’s objective is to focus on quick recovery so that tourism income is restored at the soonest possible time. Bulletin announcements will be posted via the DOT website (, while DOT overseas and regional offices are also on standby to assist potential travellers and those already in the country for travel information. Local tour companies are in constant communication with their counterparts abroad to provide updates on the situation.

Philippine Airlines finds a home at Heathrow

This is the first direct link between the UK and the Philippines, a major emerging market destination, in more than a decade.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has chosen Heathrow over other UK airports, despite them having lower landing charges and claiming to be a viable alternative to Heathrow for new routes to emerging markets.

PAL returns to Europe after Ban Lifted

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the national flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines, is finalizing plans on the resumption of flights to Europe after the European Union lifted last July 10, 2013 the ban on PAL from flying into Europe.

EU lifts ban on Philippine Airlines

The European Union (EU) has partially lifted the air ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL) paving the way for flights to European countries as early as September or October.

EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux made the formal announcement of the lifting of the air ban along with PAL President and CEO Ramon Ang and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director William Hotchkiss III.

“Today the EU has decided to lift the air ban for Philippine Airlines. The decision will be effective starting Friday, July 12, 2013,” Ledoux said.

“This decision is very encouraging and is a first success for both CAAP and Philippine Airlines,” he said.

Ang said that they are planning to establish direct routes to Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam, among others. He cited their recent purchase of new long range aircrafts that can serve direct flights to Europe.


Philippines Wins Investment Grade Credit Rating from S&P

The rating on the Philippines’ long-term foreign-currency- denominated debt was raised one level to BBB- from BB+, with a stable outlook, S&P said in a statement yesterday. In contrast, the assessor revised its outlook on Indonesia’s BB+ rating to stable from positive.

Aquino’s drive to transform the nation into one of the region’s fastest-growing economies is gaining strength, with the government forecasting record investment pledges this year as companies including Murata Manufacturing Co. expand.

Qatar Airways Announces Expansion on Three Continents

Qatar Airways recently announced route expansion on three continents together with a huge increase in capacity in Pakistan as part of the Doha-based carrier’s continued aggressive growth strategy.

The Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa will become the carrier’s 20th destination on the African continent, launching on September 18, followed a month later by Clark International Airport in the Philippines from October 28.

Philippines Emerging as Asia’s Education Hub

For just about a year now, the Bradford University School of Management has been offering MBA courses in Manila.The international business school has always been at the top 100 of the Financial Times’ annual global MBA rankings.

Bradford considers the MBA earned in Manila equivalent to the MBA earned in the UK. Bradford faculty from the UK fly in to Manila to personally facilitate classes, while local tutors assist to bring local relevance and application.


El Nido Wins Global Tourism Award

The Philippines’ El Nido Resorts was among the four leading sustainable tourism businesses and destinations awarded at the recentl World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (TTA) in Abu Dhabi.

TTA, dubbed the “Oscars” of worldwide tourism awards, showcase and celebrate travel and tourism businesses and destinations around the world, who are leading the way in sustainable tourism and have successfully balanced people, planet, and profits.

The Philippines in Ratings Heaven

MANY emerging economies rely on foreign creditors to bridge the gap between their exports and imports. The Philippines is a bit different. It relies on overseas employers. Over 10m Filipinos, equivalent to about a quarter of the country’s labour force, live or work abroad, permanently or temporarily, legally or illegally, in over 200 countries. Their remittances are equivalent to 8.5% of GDP, helping the country to plug its trade deficit and amass over $80 billion of currency reserves. As a result, the Philippines has become a net creditor to the rest of the world (see chart), not just a net supplier of labour.

Cebu Pacific flies over 3.53 million guests in Q1 2013

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific flew more than 3.53 million passengers from January to March (Q1) 2013, an increase of 5% compared to 3.37 million passengers in Q1 2012.

Seat sales, increased routes and flight frequencies and sustained promotions paved the way for international passenger growth in CEB’s ASEAN routes. CEB flew over 376,000 passengers in Q1 2013, posting a 12% growth compared to Q1 2012.

Return of International Air Carriers to PH Expected

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said the removal of the common carriers tax (CCT) and gross Philippine billings (GPB) imposed on foreign airlines would boost efforts to turn the country into a major aviation hub for Southeast Asia.

In Davao City, President Aquino on Thursday signed Republic Act No. 10374 exempting foreign carriers operating in the country from the payment of certain taxes.

ICAO lifts Significant Safety Concerns in the PHL

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is elated over the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) report lifting the Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) it had previously cited as requiring immediate corrective action to upgrade standards in aviation safety in the Philippines.

Boracay Tops Best Asian Beaches List for the 3rd Consecutive Year on TripAdvisor

The beauty of the Philippines has once again received accolades from online travel guide and travel magazine Lonely Planet.

Philippines Tourism industry to generate 7 M new jobs

Seven million new jobs are expected to be generated from the booming tourism industry in the next years.Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said people are expected to feel the impact of the growing tourism industry. “What is beautiful about tourism is that it has a trickle effect, every tourism activity generates new jobs,” he said.

Philippine Resort World’s Top Private-Island Escape for Underwater Adventure

The luxury travel brand Mr. & Mrs. Smith ( has labelled exclusive Amanpulo in Pamalican Island, Palawan as its top place for Underwater Adventure.

Philippines Brings the Fun in Copenhagen

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) London and the Philippines Embassy in Oslo brought the tourism campaign, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” to the Danish market at the recent Ferie & Fritid i Bella in Copenhangen last 18-20 January 2013.

The Ferie & Fritid Show held annually at the Bella Center is Denmark’s largest consumer fair with over 40,000 visitors over a 3-day period. This year the event has grown to offer three main showcases, the holiday and leisure show, dive show, camping show and the golf show catering to a very wide range of travel consumer.

Living Jewels of the Philippines

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced they were joining forces to push local natural attractions to boost Philippine tourism. Brimming with bright promise, this planned collaboration between two Philippine departments is a very welcome development.


Puerto Princesa Underground River now one of world’s protected wetlands

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The city’s famed subterranean River National Park was installed Tuesday as one of the world’s protected areas of biodiversity under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty aimed at conserving wetlands.

2 World-Class Hotel Brands open in Makati

Two famous hotel brands – Fairmont and Raffles – simultaneously opened yesterday in Makati City, an event that is seen to boost the country’s tourism industry.

“Fairmont and Raffles are very significant brands, so we are proud that they are opened here in the Philippines simultaneously,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. told reporters.

Emirates Increases Flights to the Philippines, South East Asia

Emirates is increasing its services to three of its destinations in South East Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Starting 1st January 2013, Emirates will introduce a third daily, non-stop flight to Manila.

The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas

Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.

The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive season — and pulls no punches in its celebratory zeal for the period, with lavish light displays, masses, and festivals held throughout the country from September until January.

Philippines Department of Tourism Offers Six “Magical” Holidays to the Philippines

The Philippines Department of Tourism has partnered with Magic 105.4 FM and Cathay Pacific Airways for a two-week campaign of breakfast promotions from 31 October to 16 November, where listeners will have the chance to win one of six dream holidays to the Philippines.

Philippines Department of Tourism Aims for 10 Million Visitors by 2016

Bringing one of the biggest delegations to World Travel Market this year, The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) presented its plans to position the Philippines as a must-experience destination in Asia and aims to achieve 10 million visitor arrivals and employ 6.8 million workers in the tourism sector by 2016.

PH extends Fun welcome to Legend of the Seas

The Department of Tourism (DOT), in cooperation with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), extended its warmest reception to almost 2000 passengers from different countries on-board the vessel. They enjoyed a quick tour of Manila’s famous tourist spots such as Intramuros and the Rizal Park. Completing their final course in the country, passengers were also given ample time the following day to explore the white sand beaches of Boracay, recently hailed as “2012 World’s Best Island” by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Philippines Department of Tourism Launches Twin-Centre Taxi Campaign

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT)has launched a London taxi campaign, targeting those who opt for a Hong Kong or Singapore city break, with taglines such as ‘Paradise…only 2 ½ hours from Hong Kong. It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ and ‘Paradise…only 3 hours from Singapore. It’s More Fun in the Philippines’.

The Philippines: The world’s budget English teacher

The Philippines is fast becoming the world’s low-cost English language teacher – with rapid increases in overseas students coming to learn English or study in English-speaking universities.

There might be other countries that people think about as a classic place to learn English, such as the UK, the US or Australia.

But there is one key reason that they are switching to the Philippines. It’s much cheaper. And in the competitive market for language students, it means the Philippines is attracting people from countries such as Iran, Libya, Brazil and Russia.

VISA Head Sees Foreigners Spending Big in Philippines

Inbound spending by foreign Visa cardholders continues to grow at a double-digit rate as the Philippines’ new tourism campaign reaches more countries.

In a chance interview, Visa country manager for the Philippines, Guam and Northern Pacific Islands Iain Jamieson says that a little over $2 billion was spent on Visa cards that were issued abroad and used in the country from August 2011 to August 2012, an expansion of 11 percent from year-before level.

Tubbataha Reefs Law Wins International Award

MANILA, Philippines – The law protecting the world-famous Tubbataha Reefs National Park has been cited as one of the world’s best practices in marine environment conservation.

Republic Act 10067, or the Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act of 2009 (TRNP Act), was awarded one of two silver awards at the 2012 Future Policy Awards (FPA), the World Future Council (WFC) announced Wednesday, September 26, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Enjoying Sweet Life in the Land of Chocolate Mountains

‘Welcome to the Philippines’, shouted a tuk-tuk driver as he overtook us. Waving with one hand and gripping his tricycle taxi’s handlebars with the other, he even managed a smile as he weaved confidently through Manila’s heavy traffic.

PATA Stages ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Debate in PTM Week

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is to break new ground in the conduct and content of industry forums globally by holding the first-ever debate on the future of travel and tourism between the PATA CEO and a leading regional travel journalist.


PATA Travel Mart 2012 opens at SMX

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) brings back its travel mart to Manila on September 25-28 at the SMX Convention Center, one of the country’s premier destinations for meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) in Pasay City.

DOT, PATA commit to advance PH tourism

At the opening media briefing, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. presented the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP), the country’s roadmap for tourism development, which aims to position the Philippines as a must-experience destination in Asia. The NTDP seeks to achieve 10 million international visitor arrivals, employ 6.8 million workers in the tourism sector, and generate 1.9 trillion pesos in tourism receipts by 2016. Tourism development will be propelled through the convergence among government agencies, local government units, legislators, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.

PH Tourism Sustains FUN Growth for the First Semester

The Department of Tourism (DOT) remains positive on achieving its year-end target, as the country welcomed a total of 2,143,506 million foreign visitors for the first semester. Visitor arrivals rose 11.68% compared to last year’s 1,919,400 visitors.

Boracay Named World’s Best Island Destination

The island, known for its powdery-white sand and clear waters, topped the magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards with a rating of 93.10, beating the popular Indonesian destination Bali Island, which ranked second with 90.41. Boracay ranked fourth in the same category in 2011.

Philippines Olympic Team are Tourism Ambassadors for “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”

Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo (6th from left) and Deputy Chief of Mission Reynaldo Catapang (4th from left) welcomed the Filipino athletes headed by Philippine Olympic Chef-de-Mission Manny Lopez (5th from left). Olympic Torch bearers Reymund Enteria and Steven Chung as well as Global Runner Cesar Guarin also joined in welcoming the delegates.

PH “More Fun” campaign captures international spotlight in London, rest of Europe

With London’s 7.5 million population and 15 million international visitors every year, the Philippines is certainly generating awareness not only among the British population, but also among visitors to the United Kingdom (UK), who have have expressed their excitement and confidence in the PH campaign.

The Philippines is getting down…down the Underground!

Yes, you heard that right! The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) in London has gone down!…to the Underground! This momentous occasion was celebrated by the PDOT with a FUN bus ride around central London on the first day of May. The double decker bus sported the new designs of the Philippines tourist board with a huge “IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPINES” written on it. The London cab with the same livery was also present for the photo shoot with the Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo and the PDOT London led by Ms. Chit Afuang.

National Geographic Showcases Travel Destinations in PH and Generating PH Awareness in the UK

MANILA, Philippines – A six-part series showcasing the travel destinations in the Philippines is coming out in the National Geographic Channel, the government said yesterday.

An intensified promotional campaign is essential to lure foreign tourists to the Philippines, he added. In the United Kingdom, 25 double-deck buses and 50 black cabs now sport a uniform design of the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” slogan and logo and different faces of the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

PDOT London Brings the FUN at the Dive Shows in Madrid and London

This March, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) in London has once again showcased its “FUN” banner during the 4th Dive Travel Show in Madrid, Spain, and the recently concluded London International Dive Show (LIDS) held at the ExCel Exhibition Centre.

Exciting Familiarization Trips to the Philippines this Month

Familiarization tours to the Philippines for tour operators, photographers and travel writers continue to be one of PDOT London’s institutional programs to generate exposure, create more packages and new tourism materials for the country.

More Tourism Publicity for the Philippines this Season

For the second year running, Boracay is named “Best Beach in Asia” by Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards ( The recognition draws attention to the other excellent beaches of the island apart from the popular White Beach.

Tourist Arrivals from the UK Exceeds 100,00 for the First Time in History

For the first time in history, tourism arrivals from the United Kingdom reached 104,466 in 2011, 7.78% higher than the registered visitors of 96,925 in 2010. Arrivals from the United Kingdom contributed to a record-breaking 3.917 million foreign visitors to the Philippines in 2011.

Philippines seeks more tourists with new campaign

The government has made it clear that promoting tourism is one of its key priorities, and to do this it has launched a new campaign with the slogan: “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

President Aquino Pitches Tourism Slogan to attract Tourists

Assuming his role as the country’s top salesman, the President proudly declared that aviation training, sightseeing, and investment opportunities are more fun in the Philippines.

The President mentioned the country’s “more fun” tourism slogan thrice in his speech during the groundbreaking rites of the $50-million Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT), operated by Cebu Pacific Air and the Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE), at the Clark economic zone.

Philippines Government Focused on Regaining Category 1 Under FAA

The government expects positive results in its bid to regain the Philippines’s Category 1 status with the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the coming months, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said on Tuesday.


The Philippines Tourism Banner Sails Proudly at World Travel Market (WTM) 2011

The four day trade show which ran from November 7-10 is one of the biggest in the world and attracts the major players in the tourism industry all over the globe. This year, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London marked its presence with a 153 square meter exhibition stand located at the entrance hall together with other big players. Once again, the beautiful colours of the Philippines stand grabbed the attention of visitors with its unique boat structure, sea-blue carpet with fish imprints, lush tropical plants, a parade of orchids and amazing lanterns made of capiz shells. All display collaborated perfectly with the warm Filipino smiles to showcase the Philippines’ best tourist attractions.

The Philippines Takes Centre Stage at the Lord Mayor’s Show

The Philippine Embassy together with the Department of Tourism in London invites all Filipinos in the United Kingdom and British friends of the Philippines to come out and support the Philippines’ participation in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday, 12 November 2011 from 10h00 to 14h30.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Reader’s Choice Award 2012: Philippine Gets Voted Top 4th Country Destination

Each year, Lonely Planet publishes its Best in Travel picks for the top destinations of the coming year. The result lists the Philippines as its top 4 country destination receiving 10 percent of the total vote

Philippine-British Friendship Day

Relations between Filipinos and the British date back to the early 16th century when the Europeans started their exploration of Southeast Asia. Much of the British influence was on Panay Island where Nicholas Loney established the sugar industry and served as the British Vice Consul in Iloilo from 1856 to 1866.

The Philippines has its Most Successful Dive Show Yet

The Philippines has again proven its position as one of the top diving destinations for the British market following its highly successful participation at the recent Dive Show in Birmingham last 22-23 October 2011.

Inquiries came fast and many of the divers saying that they now prefer the Philippines over other destinations due to its unbeatable value for money and the wide extent of underwater offerings.

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Win a Trip to the Philippines with Cathay Pacific

Right on the heels of the Ariara Island in Palawan feature on the travel section of the Evening Standard earlier this week, the Philippines is once again showcased on the broadsheet today.

This time around, Evening Standard is featuring the “Taste of Cathay Pacific” competition with round-trip tickets to Cebu in Philippines up for grabs.

200 Tour Operators from 18 Countries to join the Philippine Travel Exchange

MANILA, Philippines – Some 200 travel agents from 18 countries are joining the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2011 to do business with the various sectors of the local tourism industry. Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said this large foreign delegation would make PHITEX 2011 one of its biggest in more than 10 years.

“The foreign travel agents will check out which of our tourism destinations, products and services they can offer to their clients in their home countries, effectively making them our industry marketers all over the world,” Lim said.

Philippines Flies High at the 2011 British Birdwatching Fair

Every year, Birdfair provides an excellent venue for the Philippines to promote its birding and wildlife offerings to all nature enthusiasts. The demand from birdwatchers is growing year by year as evident by the bird tour operators already featuring the country in their packages. More independent tours are also lined up, based on the number of inquiries received from individuals and groups looking for local guides and handlers who could assist them.

Philippine Telcos invest P75M in Tourism

SMART Communications Inc., and Globe Telecom Inc. are investing a total P75 million this year to support the various marketing campaigns of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to boost domestic travel and foreign tourist arrivals.

Philippines Gets Diving Thumbs Up

Foreign and local participants to the First Philippine Dive Seafari raved about the success of the project and thanked the Department of Tourism (DoT) for the privilege of experiencing the center of marine biodiversity in the world up-close.

Scientists have discovered 300 new species, including 200 new marine invertebrates, 11 new fish, and 40 new spiders

The six-week expedition of 35 US and Filipino experts led by the California Academy of Sciences discovered 200 new marine invertebrates, 11 new fish, and at least 40 new spiders.

Philippines: Eternal happy hour on the white sand beach which will never burn your feet by Carol McGiffin

The only thing I knew about the Philippines was that the wife of a former president famously owned a lot of shoes. I probably couldn’t even have pointed to the islands on a map.
But now, thanks to my brother, who got a job there two years ago, I know more, I’ve been there and I can’t believe I left it so long.

Remote and unspoilt Philippines, the ideal lair for Dragon James Caan

The Philippines attracted us because they seemed so unspoilt. On previous holidays we had been to exotic Indian Ocean island destinations such as the Maldives – but this time I wanted to step outside the normal commercial holiday options.

Win a Holiday of a Lifetime to the Philippines on Travel Channel

The Philippines Department of Tourism London is currently offering a 10-day trip to experience the unique flavors of Manila, Cebu and Bohol.

Tourism Chief Looks to Build International Airports, Destinations

Just as the country bids goodbye to the summer season, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said during his first press briefing on Monday key infrastructure projects such as building international airports and developing new destinations will help fix the country’s bad tourism image.

Life at the Edge of Verde Island

This is the most amazing place I have ever been in my 30 years of research. We are situated in Mabini, southern Luzon, at the edge of the Verde Island Passage, studying the marine biodiversity of this center of the center of species richness in the Indo-Pacific region. Each day starts with a series of dives, and ends in night dives that further reveal nocturnal denizens of the passage.

DOT expects more than 3.75M tourists in 2011

In an interview on ANC’s “Dateline Philippines Weekend,” Tourism Assistant Secretary Chicoy Enerio said his office is working with other agencies to have more access to various destinations by developing more domestic airports and attracting more airline investors.

Philippines, the Destination of Choice During the Dive Travel Show in Madrid

The two-day event saw massive crowd interest for everything Philippines from start to finish. Enough inquiries, meetings, bookings for a typical 3-day event were conducted on the first day alone as reported by partners, Atlantis Dive Resorts, Buceo Filipinas, Sampaguita Resort and Sirangan Beach Resort. Even 20 minutes after the show closed on Saturday, visitors were still flocking to the booth with inquiries on the different dive destinations in the country.

Philippines Tourism Driven Forward at the 2011 PATA Exchange

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London joined Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Exchange held at the prestigious Lansdowne Club in Mayfair on 14 March 2011. The event proved to be highly successful considering it was PDOT London’s first-time participation.

Philippines marks its first ever participation at the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show in Birmingham

The Philippines signified another milestone in its first ever participation at the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show in Birmingham, held last 04-06 March 2011.

Tourism: Our Next Growth Industry

THE report of the Bureau of Immigration that 3.4 million foreign nationals visited our country from January to December 2010 is a bit of good news that confirms what many of us have long believed—that our country has both the potential and the capability to become a major tourist destination.

Philippines at the Destinations, the Holiday and Travel Show 2011

The Philippines had a successful participation at the recently held Destinations Holiday and Travel Show at Earls Court last 3-6 February 2011.

Philippines hailed as ‘country to explore’ in 2011 by the Irish Times

The Philippines was recently cited as the “country to explore” in 2011 by Ireland’s leading newspaper, The Irish Times.

President Aquino: Vote for Underground River in the new Seven Wonders of Nature

President Aquino urged Filipinos to just use their cell phone load to vote for the Puerto Princesa Underground River to be included in the new Seven Wonders of Nature rather than send senseless text messages.

Manila to host PATA Travel Mart 2012

The Philippines successfully won the bid over other strong contenders in the running. Manila hosted the very first PATA Travel Mart back in 1978, where over 300 delegates assembled to experience Asia Pacific’s first industry trade event. After more than three decades PATA Travel Mart still remains one of Asia Pacific’s leading travel shows, regularly attracting 1,000 delegates while still maintaining an exclusive B2B professional trade only format.

Philippines Department of Tourism Adopts New Tack in Local Promotions

The Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) has set its sights on sustainable ways of promoting local tourism, starting by showcasing festivities in Metro Manila in the first quarter.

Eastern Visayas Bullish on Tourism Growth

TACLOBAN CITY — The Tourism department’s regional office here is optimistic of getting more visitors this year, with the firming up and implementation of plans to develop and market the six tourism development areas (TDAs) in Eastern Visayas.

Open skies set for Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga and Laoag

THE government will this week declare an open-skies policy in Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga and Laoag, exposing those secondary destinations to more competition from foreign airlines, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said Tuesday.

Here comes Air Asia Philippines

Air Asia is set to conquer the Philippines with Air Asia Philippines in the third quarter of 2011.

After setting up joint ventures in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam, Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier Air Asia is now launching Air Asia Philippines.

Philippines Government Readies Air Talks with 5 Countries this Year

THE Philippine air panel is set to hold bilateral talks with at least five countries this year, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board said. Carmelo Arcilla, CAB executive director said the governments of Japan, Hong Kong and Myanmar are interested in holding negotiations for greater access this year.

Expanded Mactan-Cebu airport to open in November

MACTAN, Cebu, Philippines — Top Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) officials announced Monday that the newly expanded Mactan-Cebu International Airport is set to open this November, a development seen as enabling Cebu to be in a better position to become among the leading destination in the country for foreign and domestic tourists.


Philippines Targets UK and European Investment in Resurgent Tourism Industry

Today, with a fresh Government keener than ever to raise the Philippines’ profile among discerning world travellers, recognition of the country as a vital tourism investment hotspot is certainly within reach. And help is at hand, in the form of generous tax incentives and a more responsive regulatory system designed to attract investors from across Britain and Europe.

These were the messages conveyed today to a select group of UK and European-based hotel and resort owners, operators, management companies, institutional investors and investment advisers attending the very first Philippine Tourism Investment Forum in London.

The Philippines Cements its Place as a Premier Birding Destination at the British International Birdwatching Fair

Since its international launch in London in 2008, the Birdwatching Philippines Campaign has gone from strength-to-strength to promote the country as one of the top birding destinations in the world.

Arrivals from DOT London Markets Up Due to Relentless Promotional Campaigns

Last year was a great year for the Department of Tourism (DOT) London Office as it proved to be very successful in bringing numerous visitors to the Philippines and as a result increasing tourism from the United Kingdom and European travel markets. As mentioned in a previous press release, DOT London managed to actively participate in various marketing activities and projects as well as site inspections and familiarization trips for the continuous promotion of Philippine tourism.

Philippines Truimphs at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2010 in Wales

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Singers and the De La Salle University (DLSU) Chorale bested other choirs from around the world in the recently concluded Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2010 in Llangollen, Wales. Both choirs delivered world-class performances and won titles in their respective categories. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod started in 1947 and has since attracted thousands of visitors and competitors from around the world.

UK Outbound Tourism Badly Hit by Global Recession, but DOT London Rises to the Challenge

Despite the economic turmoil that embroiled Great Britain in 2009, the Department of Tourism (DOT) London Field Office continued to push the Philippines aggressively to the UK and European travel markets. DOT London persisted in implementing project after project despite the crisis, believing that steadfast destination marketing will pay off handsomely once the recession breaks.

Philippines featured on BBC Show- Fast:Track

We are pleased to report that BBC World has recently features the Philippines in the special edition of their travel Show “Fast:Track”, a tourism program hosted by Carmen Roberts and Rajan Datar. These were aired last 12-15 March 201.

British Members of Parliament Hail RP’s Top Bird Sites

Much have been written about the Philippine’s diverse and endemic avian species but to really appreciate the tranquil splendor of bird-watching, one would have to witness the birds’ flight and immerse himself in the rare sightings of nature’s winged masterpiece.

DOT Welcomes British, French Cruise Tourists

The Department of Tourism (DOT) recently received the MS Spirit of Adventure, which brought more than 300 British and French nationals to the country, through its ground handler, Blue Horizons Travel and Tours, Inc.

RP Tourism Gets Boost From Foreign Media

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has lauded the foreign media for the series of positive publicity for the country, particularly the TIME’s travel piece on Manila and CNN’s features on Boracay windsurfing and the Filipino’s long Christmas celebration.

Mt. Kitanglad Birdwatching Site Now 28th ASEAN Heritage Park

The Mt. Kitanglad Range Protected Area (MKRPA) has been declared as the 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Heritage Park.

The pronouncement was recently made at the 11th Annual Meeting of ASEAN ministers of environment where the participants reviewed the region’s efforts on a number of issues, particularly those relating to environmental sustainability of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said Wednesday.


Mark Stratton discovers Asia’s best-kept secret: the Philippines!

The Philippines is featured prominently in the current issue of “Wanderlust”. a highly regarded adventure magazine enjoying wide circulation in the United Kingdom.

The Philippines is Featured in Charley Boorman’s Travel Adventure Series

The new series takes Charley across six different countries from Australia to Japan using over a hundred weird and wacky vehicles used by local communities in their everyday lives.

Discover 7,107 Reasons To Visit the Philippines

The Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands in the heart of Southeast Asia, can be reached via a 12 to 15 hour journey from the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe using a variety of major airlines. Its main entry points are Manila in the main island of Luzon, Cebu in the central Visayas region and Davao in the southern island of Mindanao.

Upcoming Travel Trade Events in the Philippines

The Philippines is gearing up for the staging of two important tourism events for the year: the MICE Mart in July and the Philippine Travel Exchange in September.

Alex Robinson, an award-winning photojournalist, explores the Philippines

Recently DOT London has invited a prize-winning freelance photographer and writer, Mr. Alex Robinson, on a sixteen-day visit to the country to explore and take photos of picturesque scenes in the islands. The images and articles that will come out of this journey aims to further promote the country in the UK and boost any other initiatives to put the Philippines on the map as a major holiday destination.

Familiarization Trips Organized by DOT London in 2009

One of the main ventures of PDOT London since the start of the year has been organizing different familiarization (FAM) trips for all its source markets across Europe. These FAM trips greatly vary in nature from travelogues on national TV networks like Rai Uno in Italy to birdwatching groups from the UK. The unfiying theme for all these trips is that they serve to showcase massive diversity of the country with its numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fascinating festivals, dazzling natural attractions and most importantly, its friendly people.

Top UK Twitchers to visit Philippine Birding Sites

After the successful international launch of the Philippines’ Birdwatching campaign last November 2008 in London, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is hosting the first-ever Birdwatching Familiarization (FAM) tour to the islands this coming March 1 to 15, 2009, as part of its year-round strategy to put the country on the map as a serious birdwatching haven in the UK market.

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The Philippine Eagle Has Landed… On the London Bus!!!

In line with promoting its latest travel product – birdwatching – the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) is taking it to the busy streets of London this November. Watch out for London’s iconic buses as they carry the Philippines banner across the city.

DOT Takes Flight in London

Anybody who thinks bird watching is, well, for the birds, will probably change his mind after listening to Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano praise the merits of this activity and explain why it is a good come-on for visitors to come to the Philippines.

“We Filipinos don’t know how blessed we are in terms of the number of bird species we have in the country. We have 600 bird species, 200 of those endemic,” he says at the launch, last Tuesday, of the country’s latest tourism campaign in London. “The Philippines has the highest concentration of bird species in the world per square kilometer and we didn’t know this until it was pointed out by several bird watching groups.”

Philippine Minister of Tourism on a Wet and Wild Fieldtrip

Philippines Tourism Minister Joseph “Ace” Durano, visited Barnes, London recently along with Deputy Minister Eduardo Jarque, Tourism Attaché, Domingo Ramon “Chicoy” Enerio for a fieldtrip in line with the Philippine birdwatching campaign in the UK and partnership signing with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Philippines Makes a Splash in UK Dive Show

“The Philippines has more than 7,100 islands for diving,” goes the opening spiel of the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) to visitors of the recently concluded Birmingham Dive Show held at UK’s second largest city.

Top two on the most anticipated dive exhibitions in the world, the Birmingham Dive Show attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year, and 60 exhibitors from the UK and all throughout Europe.

Philippine Luxury Yatch Introduced in UK Dive Show

Renowned British dive yacht operator Worldwide Dive and Sail introduced the S/Y Philippine Siren, its newest and biggest liveaboard vessel, to the European dive market at the recently held Dive Birmingham Show.

Owned and managed by experienced divers and sailors, Mark Shandur, Frank Van Der Linde, Steve Wessel and Brett Robertson, the S/Y Philippine Siren starts sailing in November 2009, covering dive site routes of South Visayas from Mactan to Apo Island, Southern Leyte to Bohol, Boracay via Apo Reef to the wrecks of Coron and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.

The New 7 Wonders Update:Puerto Princesa River at No. 1

After dropping down to top 20 last month, the Philippines’ 4 candidates for the New 7 Wonders of Nature are currently showing a strong presence, landing on the top 11 live online ranking of 77 nominees from around the globe. As of September 29 4am, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is at no. 1, Chocolate Hills is at no. 4, closely followed by Tubbataha Reef at no. 5 while Mayon Volcano is at no. 11.

The New 7 Wonders of Nature is an ongoing campaign sponsored by the New 7 Wonders Foundation based in Switzerland. The same group initiated the New 7 Wonders of the World project last year, wherein 7 new sites were officially chosen after a successful poll which posted 100 million international votes.

Imressive Gains for RP Tourism at 2008 Expo Zaragoza

The Philippine Pavilion at the 2008 Expo in Zaragoza, Spain has so far been visited by a massive crowd of 538,845 visitors since the world exposition opened on June 14 this year. July registered the highest number of visitors at 246,938. This represents roughly 20% of the total visitor count to the Expo itself.

The report sent to the Department of Tourism in Manila by the Philippine tourism attaché in London, Domingo Ramon Enerio III, recently appointed by Secretary Joseph Durano as deputy commissioner for the country’s participation at the Zaragoza Expo, highlights the impact of the many marketing innovations that have been implemented since July 14.

Tasting the Philippines Tourist Spots – A Three Generational View from Britain

Article by British Ambassador Peter Beckingham

With friends and relatives representing three generations visiting the Philippines over the holiday season, I have had plenty of opportunities recently to see some of the Philippines’ tourist attractions – a welcome change from the inside of Government Departments and company offices! Our visitors’ impressions and insights have been overwhelmingly positive although, as with a tourist to any country, they had suggestions how some things might be better.

NAIA-3 To Start Limited International Operations next Month

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 will start servicing international flights next month on a limited basis to pave the way for the facility’s full operations next year, officials said yesterday.

This as President Arroyo also said that the opening of NAIA-3 is proof of the government’s “resolve and determination to move forward” towards economic progress.

Philippines Tourism Scores In The Sporting Fields

The Philippines has been attracting a lot of attention recently as a world-class tourist destination, not only in travel markets, but also on the playing fields of popular sports such as football and tennis.

Journey in to the Batcave

Batman would be jealous. I’m about to sail down the world’s longest navigable underground river which winds its way through a cavernous des res for more than 40,000 bats. They’re said to hang from giant rocky pillars in cathedral-sized that make the Batcave look like a tiny bedsit.

Philippines Now a Haven for Adventure and Sports Tourism

More than just its beaches and natural eco-tourism sites, the Philippines is now gaining popularity as a new haven for adventure sports, following its recent hosting of the 2008 World Wakeboard Association (WWA) Wake Park Championships, attended by thousands of athletes and enthusiasts from around the globe.

Experience Philippines in London!

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the highly popular Barrio Fiesta sa London held at Lampton Park, Hounslow. It is the biggest festival of its kind outside The Philippines and the annual celebration of all things Filipino last year attracted over eighty thousand visitors from all over the United Kingdom during the two days.

Adventure Philippines in the Eastbourne International Women’s Open

The Philippines Department of Tourism London Field Office is pleased to announce advertisement of its brand new “Adventure Philippines” Campaign at Centre Court during the Eastbourne International Women’s Open from 14 – 21 June 2008.

WOW PHILIPPINES in the England vs. Trinidad and Tobago International Football Match

The Department of Tourism London Field Office is pleased to announce advertisement of its well-known “WOW Philippines” campaign during England’s football friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, 01 June 2008. The match can be viewed on BBC One at 10:20PM(BST).

Philippines Welcomes Choice Of DMIA As ASEAN Entry Airport

Officials of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) on Saturday welcomed the designation of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here as port of entry in the Philippines once the Asean Open Skies road map is signed this year.
Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza announced last Monday during the Cabinet meeting in Panglao, Bohol province that DMIA will be the port of entry of the country as part of the multilateral agreement with ASEAN member nations, paving the way for an open skies policy in the Southeast Asian Region.

Philippine Budget Carrier Cebu Pacific is World Number 1 in Growth

the Philippines’ low-cost carrier, ranked first in terms of passenger carriage growth, according to the Airline Business magazine’s May 2008 issue.

CEB was also ranked by the magazine as No. 23 in the world and No. 5 in Asia in total passengers carried in 2007.

Philippine Dive Sites Now Widely Promoted in Spain

The excellent dive sites and facilities in the Philippines were highlighted during the country’s recent participation in Tour Buceo 2008, held in Spain’s capital Madrid as well as Malaga, Murcia, Valencia, Bilbao and Barcelona from April 5 to 12, 2008, according to Philippine Tourism Attaché Domingo Enerio III of the London PDOT office.

Tourism to generate 3.5 million new jobs this year

The local tourism industry is expected to generate over P636 billion in earnings and 3.5 million new jobs this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported yesterday.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the latest survey done by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) showed that the Philippine tourism industry would add P636.4 billion to the country’s 2008 gross domestic product.

Successful FAM Tour to Boracay and El Nido

Filtravel and Singapore Airlines invited five Danish travel agencies to participate in a FAM tour to the two beautiful destinations Boracay and El Nido from March 5-10, 2008. The FAM tour was a part of Filtravel’s efforts to promote Philippines as an ideal holiday destination in the Scandinavian markets.

Scandinavia: The new buzzword for Pinoy tourism

How does one keep the passion alive? That is the question. It does not happen often in my life that I encounter people who are passionate about what they do or who they are, but when I do I can’t help but admire them.

Passion is what separates doing work from achieving great accomplishments in life.

Record arrivals from UK and Europe in 2007, more DOT projects set for 2008

A record number of tourists from the United Kingdom visited the Philippines in 2007, with arrivals from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ireland and Spain registering the highest figures in the entire history of Philippine tourism, reports Tourism Attaché Domingo Enerio III, head of the Philippine DOT office in London.
Overall, tourist arrivals in the Philippines for 2007 rose 8.7 percent from the previous year to a record 3.09 million, as the country positions itself to become a major travel destination in Asia.

RP’s natural beauty draws Britons

MANILA, Philippines – Colorful and festive kiping from Lucban, Quezon, bamboos and mini palm trees, dried coconut shells, rattan and abaca chairs, and assorted posters of beaches and adventure destinations were featured in the ingeniously designed Philippine pavilion at the recent World Travel Market (WTM) at Excel Exhibition Center in London.


The British are coming! The British are coming!

It took very little convincing for one British national to help promote the Philippines in the UK. He loves the Philippines and is very passionate about it. He and his wife stayed in Manila for three years and they made a lot of friends here. She enjoyed shopping at the pearl market in Greenhills; he enjoyed his travels to Mindanao where he was interested in the political process of the autonomous region.

FRIENDS PHILIPPINES WOWed by adventures in tropical paradise

Fancy a carabao ride in an old plantation reminiscent of colonial times, or a breath-taking boat ride shooting the rapids on a picturesque river where “Apocalypse Now” was filmed?

These were only two of the many exciting trips experienced for two weeks by members of Friends Philippines, a UK group supporting efforts to promote the Philippines as a top travel destination in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. With this goal in mind, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London Office headed by Domingo Ramon ‘Chicoy’ Enerio III launched its first ‘Friends Philippines’ tour to the Philippines from 15 to 30 November 2007.

WOW Philippines Making Waves at the Dive Birmingham Show

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism Field Office in the United Kingdom (DOT London) is pleased to invite all dive enthusiasts to a seminar presentation on the stunning wildlife to be found in Palawan, as seen through the eyes of Duncan Murrell, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2002). The seminar is from 12h45 to 13h45 at NEC seminar room 22 on 13 and 14 October 2007.

Barrio Fiestas in the UK: showcase for Philippine culture and tourism

Two of the biggest Filipino barrio fiestas in the world take place in London every year. These are the Barrio Fiesta sa London organized by The Philippine Centre, the oldest umbrella organization of Filipino community associations in the United Kingdom, and held in mid-July at the Lampton Park of Hounslow Central in west London.

DOT London participates in Destinations 2007at Earl’s Court

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London Office once again joined the one of the largest annual travel consumer shows in the United Kingdom – “Destinations” at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre on 01–04 February 2007.

The Philippines participates at the Holiday and Travel Shows in Manchester and Glasgow

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT), London Field Office headed by Domingo Ramon ?�?�?�Chicoy’ Enerio has successfully participated two of the UK’s leading consumer travel fairs – “The Holiday & Travel Shows” in Manchester on 12 to 14 January, and in Glasgow on 19 to 21 January 2007.

DOT London Launches Relentless First Quarter Media Campaign

The first quarter of the year proved to be a highly-productive season for publicity on Philippine tourism, for having been featured positively by some of the most prestigious newspapers and television programs in the United Kingdom.

On 06 January, The Saturday Times displayed an impressive photograph of the Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan as part of its “Image of the Week” column. This was immediately followed by the inclusion of Boracay as a preferred beach paradise in “Tan-tastic Destinations” on Metro magazine, with a readership of over 3.3 million.

PDOT London Brings Philippines Tourism to LSE

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) participated in a winter soiree organized by the Filipino Society held recently at the Shaw Library of the London School of Economics (LSE).

PDOT to promote Philippines as world Dive Paradise

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London will participate in the 26th Annual London International Dive Show (LIDS) scheduled on 10-11 March 2007 at London’s ExCel Exhibition Centre in Docklands.

Adventures in a Philippine paradise in a new season of Euronews’ “Life”

In four special episodes of Euronews’ Life series reporter Katharina Kaun travels across the idyllic archipelagos of the Philippines.Katharina takes viewers on a voyage of discovery, getting to know the people, history, culture and natural wonders of this nation of 105 million dispersed inhabitants. The country reveals its many attractions, from the bustling capital of Manila to the tourist paradise of Boracay, across beautiful landscapes in Donsol and UNESCO world heritage sites in Luzon.