Resumption of more international flights at Davao airport seen as provinces ramp up tourism options 

DAVAO Region’s tourism sector is optimistic about having more international flights revived at the Francisco Bangoy airport in Davao City as surrounding provinces launch new activities for tourists.     “We really hope that the other routes as well will open soon,” Department of Tourism (DoT)-Davao Regional Director Tanya Rabat-Tan said last week at a media forum […]

Solon wants more funds for tourism-related infrastructure 

A LAWMAKER on Monday said the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) 2023 budget should include funds for capital outlays.   “I would like to manifest my support to increase the budget of the (DoT) and to include appropriations for capital expenditures,” Cebu Rep. Vincent Franco D. Frasco said during plenary.    Mr. Frasco, husband of Tourism Secretary Ma. […]

JCB sponsors Singapore’s one of the largest countdown event

TOKYO & SINGAPORE, Sep 20, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via – JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), Japan’s only international payment brand, will sponsor STAR ISLAND SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN EDITION 2022-2023 Presented by JCB (“STAR ISLAND”), which will be held by Avex Asia Pte. Ltd. (“Avex Asia”), subsidiary wholly owned by Avex Entertainment Inc., from December 25 […]

Espina: Canada revisited

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama went on a friendly visit to Canada to be in touch with Filipinos there, listening to their concerns and informing them of the relevant issues and programs in Cebu. Cebu and Canada have long existing ties in business, politics, academe and culture. I have personally developed linkages, specifically in Vancouver […]

House members declare support for raising DoT budget

LEGISLATORS preparing the 2023 budget said the Department of Tourism (DoT), which will receive 30% more funding under the spending plan proposed by the Executive branch, is still inadequately funded relative to the economic benefits generated by the industry it regulates. “As revenue and job-generating department, adequate budgetary support must be accorded to the Department […]

Asia’s First Hybrid Online to Offline Festival to Bring Sim Racers and Entertainers Rriley and Haneri to Scape

SINGAPORE, Aug 29, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via – The Legion of Racers, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, will be organising the HyperDrive Cities (HDC) 2022 Festival from 23 to 25 September. To be held at Orchard Road, this will be Asia’s first hybrid online to offline festival that combines live sim […]

PHL, Thailand agree to update tourism promotion deal 

THE Philippines and Thailand have agreed to update their tourism promotion agreement in aid of both countries’ economic recoveries. In a statement over the weekend, the Department of Tourism (DoT) said Secretary Maria Esperanza Christina G. Frasco and her Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports counterpart Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn agreed to the update on the sidelines […]

DOT trains Virgin Island service providers on ‘Filipino brand of service’

THE Department of Tourism, in coordination with the Bohol Tourism Office and the Municipality of Panglao, conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 10, training on the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) to service providers operating in Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol.Initiated by the DOT upon receiving information on the alleged overpricing of food served to tourists […]

“Star City, Shining Bright” Traveler’s Forum (TF) to Kick Off in Changsha – The “City of Influencing” Will Focus on Vibrant Neo-Tourism Content

This August, stars shine over Changsha as the aroma of bustle and hustle wafts amid this dazzling city. Over three days from August 18th to 20th, 2022, KOLs of culture &tourism industry, experts and academics, as well as content creators of culture & tourism works will gather in Changsha, also known as Star City, for the Traveler’s Forum (TF). Hosted by the Changsha Municipal People’s Government and […]

Future of tourism: cashless payments, digital operations

HARNESSING modern technology—such as cashless payment systems and digitalization—is the future of the travel and tourism industry in the Philippines, stakeholders said.Carl Bryan Enerio, regional business head for enterprise sales at Maya Business, said e-wallet and other cashless modes of payment are the future of the tourism industry.Enerio said it is much easier for merchants […]

Nearly 1M tourists visit Central Visayas; return to pre-pandemic levels eyed in 2025

ALMOST one million foreign and local tourists visited Central Visayas in the first half of 2022, auguring well for the country’s tourism industry, which aims to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2025, tourism officials said.Some 962,418 tourists visited the region from January to June, of whom 889,315 were locals and 73,103 were foreigners, Tourism Undersecretary […]

Meet Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco’s team

TOURISM Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco has formed the team that will help her in her goal of revitalizing tourism to propel the Philippines’ post-pandemic economic growth.Leading the team is former Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Cebu City president Mae Elaine Bathan, who has been appointed Department of Tourism (DOT) undersecretary and chief of staff.Bathan said her […]

3 Cebuanos appointed as DOT’s high-ranking execs

MORE Cebuanos have joined the Department of Tourism now led by Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco, a Cebuana.Former Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Cebu City president Mae Elaine Bathan has been appointed undersecretary and chief of staff at the department.“My profound gratitude to Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco and Congressman Duke Frasco for their love, support, trust and confidence. I […]