Philippines welcomes over 47K foreign tourists, balikbayans in February

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  (File photo) MANILA – The Philippines attracted 47,715 foreign tourists and balikbayans in February 2022 alone, reflecting the international traveler’s eagerness to visit Filipino destinations even after almost two years of closure. The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday said 45 percent of the figures are balikbayans while 55 percent are … Continue reading


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Only fully vaxxed travelers from visa-free countries can enter PH

By Ferdinand Patinio  (File photo) MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday clarified that only fully vaccinated foreign nationals coming from over 150 countries are allowed to enter the country without a visa starting February 10. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said foreigners whose country of nationality is not listed under Executive … Continue reading


DOT says PH ready to welcome fully vaxxed foreign tourists

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  WELCOME BACK, TOURISTS. Tourists frolic under the sun in Boracay in this undated photo. Starting February 10, fully vaccinated international travelers are allowed entry into the country, provided that they present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. (PNA photo by Joey Razon) MANILA – The country’s tourism … Continue reading


DOT to keep ‘close watch’ as PH opens to int’l tourists

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz  Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (File photo) MANILA – An official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday said the government would ensure that tourists and tourism establishments adhere to minimum public health standards as the country opens to fully vaccinated international tourists beginning February 10. During a press briefing … Continue reading


PH halts inbound tourism for public health, safety

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan (File photo) MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday supported the pandemic task force’s decision to suspend the entry of foreign tourists to the Philippines, saying public health and safety remain a priority. The Philippines originally planned to allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners … Continue reading


PH economy still among Asia’s fastest amid easing inflation

PH economy still among Asia’s fastest amid easing inflationBy Leslie Gatpolintan MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The Philippine economy remained one of the best performers in Asia after rebounding from an initial slowdown in the first two quarters of 2019 amid obstacles, reflecting the government’s spending catch-up and easing inflation. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National … Continue reading


ASEAN, China to promote cruise, yacht tourism to boost arrivals

ASEAN, China to promote cruise, yacht tourism to boost arrivals By Azer Parrocha   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and China have agreed to promote seamless connectivity through cruise and yacht tourism to boost tourist arrivals between them. In a joint statement on tourism cooperation available on … Continue reading


Minister Miranda welcomes global tourism partners

NEWS RELEASE Minister Miranda welcomes global tourism partners Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda issued the following statement regarding Rendez-vous Canada 2017 in Calgary: “I would like to welcome our tourism trade partners from across the country and around the world to Alberta for Rendez-vous Canada, the nation’s top international business-to-business marketplace for tourism. “Alberta … Continue reading