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GOV’T AGENCIES SIGN PACT VS WOMEN, CHILD EXPLOITATION IN TOURISM

Several government agencies have committed to coordinate and work on policies to address the exploitation of women and children in the country’s tourism industry. The Tourism Integrates, Support and Minds Women’s Respect and Child Safety (TourISM WoRCS) was initiated by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to ensure that women and children are given protection in […]

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NO DROP IN ARRIVAL OF CHINESE TOURISTS WITH NEW PH VISA POLICY – ROMULO-PUYAT

No significant drop in the arrivals of Chinese tourists is seen as the Philippine government moves to augment the visa policy for China, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. The remarks came after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has proposed to stamp the passports of Chinese […]

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DOT READY TO ASSIST MANILA’S TOURISM DEVELOPMENT – ROMULO-PUYAT

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the national government stands ready to assist the City of Manila in improving its tourism industry as she lauds the initiatives of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in cleaning the capital. “For us, in any way that we can help the mayor, we are ready to extend help,” Romulo-Puyat said […]

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EL NIDO REHAB WITHOUT CLOSURE IS POSSIBLE – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the rehabilitation of El Nido in Palawan is still possible without closing some of its beaches which have been identified by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as having high levels of fecal coliform. In a letter dated July 15, the DILG asked the DOT and […]

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CAB LIFTING OF BORACAY CHARTER FLIGHTS MORATORIUM TO SPUR TOURISM – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the move of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to lift its moratorium on charter flights to Boracay and its issuance of new and stricter guidelines on the conduct of commercial air transportation serving the resort island. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this development could further boost the island’s tourism […]

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PH BIDS TO HOST 2021 UN WORLD TOURISM SUMMIT – ROMULO-PUYAT

The country, through the Department of Tourism, has expressed interest in hosting the next United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2021. “The Philippines is excited to host the UNWTO General Assembly in 2021, primarily to showcase the country’s sustainable tourism programs and actions and secondly, to give importance to the nation’s significant […]

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PH TOURIST ARRIVALS UP BY 7.59% IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2019 – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported a 7.59 percent increase in tourist arrivals to the country in the first quarter of 2019, indicating that the country’s tourism “is on the right track.” According to figures released by the DOT, around 2,204,564 foreign visitors arrived in the country from January to March 2019, reflecting a […]

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PH SETS RECORD WITH 7.1M TOURIST ARRIVALS IN 2018 – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Philippines has set a record-breaking 7.1 million international tourist arrivals in 2018, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported. Data from the DOT showed that at least 7,127,168 foreign tourists visited the country. This was the “highest ever number” for the country’s tourism industry and surpassed the 6,620,908 arrivals in 2017 by 7.68 percent, the […]

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PH TO SHARE BORACAY REHAB STRATEGY WITH ASEAN – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed intent to share its Boracay rehabilitation experience and strategies with other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states. “We wish to share the Philippines’ experience in the rehabilitation of our top sun-and-beach tourism destination, the island of Boracay,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in her speech during […]

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BALANGIGA BELLS TO TURN EASTERN VISAYAS INTO AN EMERGING TOURIST DESTINATION – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the return of the Balangiga Bells to Eastern Samar, 117 years after they were taken by the U.S. Army during the Philippine-American War, will fuel the curiosity of local and foreign tourists alike on the history of the region. “We, at DOT, are so happy for the people of […]