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Issue 10 – Aug/ Sept 2018

by | 21 Aug, 2018 | Newsletters

Boracay Reopening To Inspire Sustainable Tourism


Philippine Department of Tourism

A better and more sustainable Boracay is set to welcome back visitors on October 26 and is expected to usher in newer and bigger markets awaiting the island’s full recovery.

Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon Jr. reiterated that the Department of Tourism (DOT) is well on track with its 7.4 million target as the island’s closure also became an opportunity to introduce and boost travellers’ awareness of other tourism destinations in the country, which was key to retaining the country’s positive month-on-month performance on tourism arrivals.

“The fact that we have kept ourselves afloat is a very strong reflection of how resilient the industry is, how quick we are to make adjustments with our marketing and promotions and I think, also a very strong communication of how prepared the other destinations are in welcoming the influx of tourists who otherwise would have gone to Boracay.” Undersecretary Bengzon said.

The  DOT executive earlier stated that despite the closure of one of the country’s flagship destinations, brand equity remains strong as this has been continuously built upon for decades and has ensured stability such that demands from the global market also remains significantly high even with sudden setbacks.


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Arrivals for the first half of 2018


Philippine Department of Tourism


The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pleased to announce that visitor arrivals for the first semester of 2018 reached an all-time high of 3,706,721.

According to the data gathered by the DOT’s Statistics, Economic Analysis and Information Management Division (SEAIMD), foreign arrivals from January to June of 2018 registered a double digit growth of 10.40 percent against the 3,357,591 arrivals last year.

This developed after arrivals for June 2018 tallied at 528,747 posting an 11.35 percent increase, compared to the 474,854 arrivals of the same month last year.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stressed that DOT’s partnership with the private sector and intensified convergence with relevant government agencies served as impetus in sustaining the upward trajectory of foreign arrivals.

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The Telegraph features Philippines in one of the countries with the most islands (and the idyllic ones you must visit)

Oliver Smith

The Telegraph

You can’t beat an island holiday for sheer escapism. Knowing you’re surrounded by open water fosters a sense of complete removal from the daily grind of commuting, spam emails and overpriced coffee. But which country has the most islands on Earth? And of those islands, which is the perfect place to relax?

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DOT eyes new markets for PHL dive destinations

Philippine Department of Tourism

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) looks to tap new markets for the country’s thriving dive tourism as it opens business opportunities for stakeholders attending the Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Show Philippines this coming September 7-9 at the SM Megatrade Hall, Mandaluyong City.

During the DRT Show, one of the largest international diving exposition, the DOT will simultaneously host the Dive Travel Mart (DTM) during which local stakeholders like dive centers, shops and resorts will sit down with foreign dive tour operators and travel agents for business-to-business (B2B) meetings

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DOT applauds Philippines’ three Travel + Leisure citation



Philippine Department of Tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the ranking of the country’s three premiere tourist destinations at the Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Awards.

Palawan ranked sixth among the 15 World’s Best Island with Cebu returning to the list at number eight. Not to be outdone, Boracay Island placed eighth in Asian islands ranking amidst its on-going rehabilitation.

“We are pleased with the results of this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Even Boracay, which is taking its beauty rest still ranked among the best in Asia,”
-DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

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PDOT London August 2018 Featured Product

Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) London, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) hosted northern-based agents in Manchester



 Philippine Department of Tourism, London

PDOT London, TPB and PAL welcomed over 80 travel agents from the leisure and travel corporate sectors at an evening event at the iconic city centre Manchester Art Gallery on 8th August 2018.

Mr. Gerry O. Panga, Tourism Attaché, PDOT London, presented the many new beautiful destinations in the Philippines to visit with an abundance of great value for money experiences. He highlighted the fact that tourism in the Philippines is flourishing with a record high visitor number from the UK. It’s expected that the growth will be sustained with further more Brits choosing to travel to the Philippines with the convenience onboard PAL’s new A350 Airbus aircraft flying daily non-stop from London’s Heathrow to NAIA Manila Airport, boasting enhanced services and seat flexibility. Mr Panga also added that Boracay Island will reopen at the end of October, this year, after the completion of its six-month rehabilitation programme. Palawan and other Philippine islands have meanwhile, experienced a surge in growth.

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