DOT pushes to open staycations, lifting of age restrictions for travelers

John Eric Mendoza 09/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, said she is pushing for the reopening of staycation establishments, as well as the lifting of age restrictions for travelers. “That’s the…

DOT bows to Duterte OK of casino operation in Boracay

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) will “follow” the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the operation of a casino in Boracay, Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat told lawmakers. During Friday’s committee deliberations on the DOT’s…

Six PH hotels receive 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award

John Eric Mendoza 05/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A number of hotels in the country were given a prestigious 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award by a top travel website, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Monday. The Manor at Camp John Hay in…

Over 465K displaced tourism workers to get P5K one-time assistance

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 05/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Some 465,530 displaced tourism workers have been approved to receive a one-time financial assistance worth P5,000, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday. In a statement, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said the aid…

DOT eyes more ‘bubbles’ to boost domestic tourism

Nestor Burgos Jr. 04/24/2021

The setting up of more tourism “bubbles” is being considered as among the key strategies to revive the country’s tourism industry amid the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Benito Bengzon Jr., undersecretary of the Department of…

Cebu hotels, resorts to launch month-long sale to boost domestic tourism

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/09/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – In an effort to boost domestic tourism, hotel and resort owners in Cebu will be launching a month-long virtual sale to entice future visitors. Alfred Reyes, president of the Hotel Resort and Restaurant…

Chan: Returning Lapu-Lapu OFWs should stay in city’s hotels

Futch Anthony Inso 01/21/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City government wants its returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) constituents to be accommodated in hotels within the city. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan met with  actingRegional Director Mae Codilla of…

DOT: Hotels allowed to operate at full capacity in GCQ, MGCQ areas

Krissy Aguilar 10/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Hotels in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas are now allowed to operate at their full capacity, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday. In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted…

Cebu dive spots cited in Marine Diving Awards 2020

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/05/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Philippines was named as the Best Overseas Diving Area in the Marine Diving Awards 2020, tourism officials announced. And diving spots found in Cebu were cited as among the top picks by…

DOT exec welcomes NHCP ruling on Limasawa as 1st Mass site

Joey Gabieta - @inquirerdotnet 08/24/2020

TACLOBAN CITY—The head of the Eastern Visayas office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the decision of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) supporting earlier findings that Limasawa in Southern Leyte was the site…

Cebu nominated as Asia’s Leading Wedding Destination

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/23/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu has been nominated once again as a leading tourism destination in Asia. The island province will be competing against Bali in Indonesia, Ko Samu in Thailand, and Langkawi in Malaysia for the…

HRRAC mulls legal actions vs netizens alleging Cebu hotels are unsafe amid COVID-19 threats

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The organizational assembly of general managers of Cebu-based hotels are planning to file complaints against netizens spreading allegations that their establishments are not safe for occupancy due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).…

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