Visitor arrivals expected to approach pre-pandemic levels in 2023

THE Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is expecting international visitor arrivals in 2023 to approach pre-pandemic levels if no further global disruptions materialize. Michelle G. Taylan, chair of the PTAA 30th Travel Tour Expo 2023, told BusinessWorld on the sidelines of a briefing in Quezon City on Tuesday that the group projects international visitor arrivals of […]

BI: Arrivals in PH up 337%

THINGS are slowly improving on the travel front after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that arrivals in the year 2022 had more than quadrupled from the very low 2021 level. In a statement, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said immigration officers processed 6,125,841 arrivals in 2022. This is up 337 percent from the 1.4 million […]

BI expects passenger traffic at airports to increase heading into 2023

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) on Monday said it expects passenger traffic to continue to increase up to New Year’s Eve as more Filipinos and foreign visitors arrive and leave.   “Usually during New Year’s, departures also increase since Filipinos who live abroad, especially our overseas Filipino Workers return to the countries they came from,” Immigration […]

Visitor arrivals exceed 2 million since February reopening of borders

VISITOR arrivals since the Philippines eased its border restrictions exceeded 2 million two weeks into November, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT). The DoT said in a statement on Tuesday that it tallied 2.025 million visitor arrivals as of Nov. 14, consisting of 1.487 million foreign tourists and 538,078 returning overseas Filipinos. The DoT […]

Malilong: Retaliation

Duterte extends diversion of Cebu-bound flights to Manila until June 12, the digital media company Rappler reported yesterday. Actually, it was Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea who signed the order to again reroute to Manila all international flights bound for Cebu, but since the executive secretary is the alter ego of the President, it was just […]