Philippines to offer value-added tax refund to foreign tourists by 2024

Reuters 01/29/2023

  Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has approved a value-added tax refund program for foreign tourists by 2024 to attract more visitors, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said on Sunday. The government collects a 12% VAT on goods…

Capitol: More than 300,000 tourists visited Moalboal in 2022

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/29/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Tourism in the town of Moalboal in southwestern Cebu, known for hosting some of the popular diving spots in the country, has rebounded in 2022, local officials say. The local government of Moalboal…

DOT backs move for long weekends to supercharge domestic travel

Jean Mangaluz 01/19/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco on Thursday backed a proposal to extend holidays and weekends. Senator Raffy Tulfo filed Senate Bill No. 1651, seeking to extend weekends to promote the growth of local tourism. “In…

No immediate surge of Chinese tourists expected after re-opening

Reuters 12/28/2022

SHANGHAI – China’s relaxation of COVID-19 rules for international arrivals has raised hopes that its multi-billion dollar travel business will soon flourish again but countries longing for the return of Chinese tourists will likely face more of…

Australian Embassy revives plans of mounting direct flights between Cebu and Australia

Morexette Marie B. Erram 12/01/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – As part of its goal to further strengthen ties between the Philippines and Australia, the Australian Embassy continues to push its plans of mounting direct flights that will connect their country to Cebu.…

Culinary gems, stories showcased in Suroy Suroy Sugbo

Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/27/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The sleepy town of Malabuyoc in southwestern Cebu looked like it was hosting another fiesta last November 19. Residents were out and about. And the town park, which boasts an uninterrupted view of…

DOT sees 2.4 million overseas visitors by year-end

John Eric Mendoza 11/17/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeing 2.4 million overseas visitors arrivals by the end of the year, its chief Christina Frasco said on Thursday, November 17, 2022. “Per the projections of the DOT, we’re…

Proposed Dalaguete airport to boost Cebu’s tourism image

Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/10/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – To improve accessibility to the southern portions of Cebu province, the local and national governments have expressed interest in putting up an airport there. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia met with Mark Lapid, general…

Sirao flowers now in bloom for Kalag-Kalag visitors

Doris C. Bongcac 10/26/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Workers of a flower farm in the mountain barangay of Sirao in Cebu City have been tilling the land to make sure that flowering plants that were destroyed by Super Typhoon Odette are…

Philippine Tourism Awards is back

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines – One of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the tourism industry will be making a comeback. The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that they will be relaunching the Philippine Tourism Awards.  Tourism Secretary Christina…

Try camping in style at Evo Nature Camp, living the farm life at Adlawon Nature Farm

Doris C. Bongcac 10/23/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Looking for a place to unwind? Try the Evo Nature Camp that is located on the mountains of Barangay Gaas in Balamban town. This beautiful place is located about five minutes away from…

PH welcomed 1.7 million foreign tourists

Morexette Marie Erram 10/17/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines already welcomed more than 1.7 million foreign tourists during the first 10 months of 2022. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco announced on Monday, Oct. 17 that as of October 16, they had already…

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