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Philippines Department of Tourism Unveils First-Ever Tourist Assistance Call Center

New Initiative Aims to Enhance Tourist Experience and Revitalize Tourism Industry Manila, Philippines –The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched its first centralized and multi-platform Tourist Assistance Call Center, marking a significant stride in its efforts to revitalize the country’s tourism industry. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco inaugurated the service on October 2, 2023, at...

10th Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macao Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco

Philippine tourism sector forecasted to employ over 30 million by 2028, says DOT

The Department of Tourism shares an optimistic outlook on the country’s burgeoning tourism industry at the Global Tourism Economy Forum. Macao – The Department of Tourism (DOT) of the Philippines is bullish on the future of the country’s tourism industry, projecting employment to skyrocket to over 30 million Filipinos by the end of 2028. The...

Boracay Sandcastle

Boracay Resumes Beloved Tradition of Sandcastle Making with New Guidelines

The local government of Malay, Aklan, has reinstated sandcastle making on Boracay’s famed beaches, a tradition put on hold since 2018 due to environmental concerns. The practice had been a significant draw for tourists until the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) intervened, shutting down the activity along with a general closure of the...

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco expressed elation over the swift approval of the House of Representatives

Philippine House of Representatives Gives Nod to Boosted DOT Budget for 2024

Expressing her sincere appreciation, Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco of the Department of Tourism (DOT) lauded the House of Representatives for their quick action in approving an increased budget for the fiscal year 2024. The agreement was reached during the plenary session held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Tourism Secretary Frasco was especially thankful to Isabela...

Savor Malay 2023 Food Exhibit

Savor Malay 2023: An Unforgettable Culinary Journey into the Heart of Malaynon Cuisine

September 21-23, 2023, Balabag Wetland Park No. 4 This year’s Tourism Week celebration promises an extraordinary treat for all attendees. The much-anticipated event, “Savor Malay 2023,” will take place from September 21-23 at Balabag Wetland Park No. 4 and aims to offer a gastronomic journey into the diverse and rich culinary landscape of Malaynon cuisine....

Liquor Ban

Boracay Businesses Can Apply for Liquor Ban Exemption During 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections

As the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) draw near, scheduled for October 30, 2023, businesses in Boracay are bracing for the imposition of a nationwide liquor ban. However, a new advisory from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) offers a silver lining for establishments on the famed tourist island. The Advisory and its Impact on...

Tourism Ascends as Second Top Driver of Philippines' Economic Growth in First Half of 2023

Tourism Ascends as Second Top Driver of Philippines’ Economic Growth in First Half of 2023

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that tourism has become the second driver of economic development for the first half of 2023. This rise is attributed to the Marcos Administration’s prioritization of the industry, alongside efforts to ease pandemic restrictions. Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco celebrated the robust recovery, emphasizing President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s pro-tourism policies,...

International Travelers

COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate No Longer Required for International Travelers in the Philippines

In a significant update to the country’s travel guidelines, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced that international travelers will no longer need to present their COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter the country. The announcement was made on Wednesday, August 10, 2023. This move is part of the updated guidelines on vaccine certificates for inbound...