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FAMILY ROOM SHARING OK IN QUARANTINE HOTELS — DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) reminded accredited accommodation establishments operating as quarantine hotels to allow room sharing for individuals belonging in the same household traveling together, especially families with minors. “We have received reports that some DOT-accredited accommodation establishments operating as quarantine hotels have been implementing a one-room-one-person policy even for travelers coming from the […]

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LOWER COVID TESTS, ENCOURAGE TRAVEL – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has urged health facilities to lower the cost of RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests to encourage more people to travel and hasten the recovery of the tourism industry from the pandemic.  Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat noted that testing for COVID-19 remains expensive and out of reach of budget-conscious travelers and […]

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DOT BACKS DAVAO’S ‘BAKUNA BY THE SEA’ FOR A4 GROUP

The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauded the tourism stakeholders of Davao for spearheading an “innovative” vaccination program for travel and hospitality employees, including A4 Priority Group members. Dubbed as “Bakuna by the Sea,” the vaccination program was held at the seaside tropical garden of the Waterfront Insular Hotel Pavilion from June 30 to July 2, […]

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NO AGE LIMIT FOR NCR PLUS TOURISTS – ROMULO-PUYAT

Tourists of all ages are free to travel from National Capital Region (NCR) Plus to Boracay and other tourist destinations under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until June 30 subject to certain restrictions. Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat made this clarification following reports that some tourism stakeholders may not be aware that restrictions have been relaxed, even for seniors […]

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BOHOL TOURISM WORKERS TO GET COVID VAX JABS SOON

Some 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be arriving in Bohol, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat announced in a virtual meeting with the province’s tourism industry stakeholders. “I am delighted to bring the good news that vaccine czars Sec. Carlito Galvez and Sec. Vince Dizon have approved our request for additional vaccines for Bohol. With this, […]

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DOT LAUNCHES 5-YEAR TOURISM MANPOWER DEV’T PLAN

The development of competent, world-class Filipino tourism professionals through the education system is the core of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) five-year industry manpower development plan. In a virtual launch, the DOT laid the groundwork for the country’s tourism workforce with the launch of the Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Plan (PTHCD) for 2021-2025.  Tourism […]

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DOT RESUMES 50% COVID TEST SUBSIDY FOR TOURISTS

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced it would resume subsidizing the 50 percent RT-PCR testing for qualified domestic tourists, through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing and promotions arm of DOT, following the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow leisure travel for persons […]

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27 HOTELS IN NCR, CALABARZON FOR ISOLATION USE

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is grateful to the hotel industry’s continued support in repurposing their accommodation establishments (AEs) into isolation and quarantine facilities.   There are 21 hotels in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4A or CALABARZON that have been converted into isolation facilities providing some 2,222 rooms. Likewise, the Oplan Kalinga […]

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CORON DEV’T PROJECT TO DRAW MORE TOURISTS – DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expressed support for Coron’s sustainable tourism development to draw more visitors and hasten tourism recovery. “Giving our recovery plans for Coron a major boost is the Sustainable Tourism Development Project or STDP, which will be launched this year and will run throughout 2026,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat remarked during a […]

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DOT OPENS MORE SAFE TRAVELS STAMP APPLICATIONS

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has opened the application for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp to all DOT-accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) and tourism destinations that are open to local tourists. “With uniform travel protocols expected to stimulate domestic travel, the need for more establishments for leisure will arise,” DOT Secretary […]