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Heads up, travellers–‘Drive Tourism’ is here

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CLOCKWISE, from left: Ground-breaking of Subic Children’s Road Safety Park attended by conference officials Roberto Garcia, Ramon Jimenez, Mina Gabor, and Jean Dodt; Philippine and foreign delegates face the media; Kontra-Gapi dancers and musicians led by Edru Abraham (standing in background)

There are many kinds of tourism: Sports tourism, health and wellness tourism, “extreme adventure” tourism, dive tourism, cruising tourism, retirement tourism, and even English-as-a-second language tourism.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Jan.-Oct. 2013 tourist arrivals rose by 11%

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A group of Chinese tourists pose for pictures in front of the monument of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal at a Manila park. The Asia-Pacific will overtake Europe as the region whose tourists spend the most money overseas within 10 years, a report said Wednesday, driven by an explosion in the number of Chinese travelers. AFP FILE PHOTO

Visitors from South Korea, the United States and China comprised the biggest chunk of the almost 4 million tourist arrivals in the country from January to October last year, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Scuba divers name PH, Malaysia best destinations in Pacific, Indian Oceans

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Frolicking among the fishes beneath the waves is one of the many pleasures that await visitors of what has been considered as among the best diving destinations in the world. INQUIRER PHOTO

As summer sizzles, the Philippines has been named the best diving destination in the Pacific and Indian Oceans together with Malaysia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Tuesday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino surfing coaches get int’l accreditation

LA UNION Gov. Manny Ortega (in red) and ASIMaster Coach Garry Palmer (toOrtega’s left) with Lorraine Lapuz, JeffOrtega, Luke Landrigan and Paolo Soler

PRIVATE stakeholders in the surfing industry, supported by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, are stepping up efforts to make the sport a major tourist attraction in the Philippines.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

‘Hot Air’ cool, refreshing respite from campaign blah

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Want a respite from all that hot air blowing from the campaign trail?

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

DOT building to be transformed into Museum of Natural History


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DIGITAL rendering of the stylized helix representing Filipino DNA and heritage

At long last the Philippines will have a Museum of Natural History.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Major int’l publications agree Philippines is ‘hottest’ destination

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The Philippines is at it again. After the successful “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” tourism campaign, which observes its first anniversary on Saturday, two more respected international publications have included the country on their list of the top destinations in the world for 2013.

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pageants are more fun in the Philippines!

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The Philippines has twice hosted the Miss Universe pageant—in 1974 and 1994. Since they were spaced 20 years apart, one wonders if the Department of Tourism would be keen on bringing the event here in 2014.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Baguio budget hotel prices–without the budget facilities

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Even before the Department of Tourism proclaimed that “it’s more fun in the Philippines,” Filipinos had been upbeat about traveling around the country. With promo fares every now and then and various websites offering do-it-yourself tours, discovering the country has become more inexpensive and effortless.

Posted: September 15th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

DoT chief doubts Imelda jewelry to draw tourists

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Would the notorious history attached to Imelda Marcos’ jewelry be enough for tourists to travel all the way to Manila to view them?

Posted: September 5th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Super kicks off 2012 with a lot of hot (and happy) things

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It’s a happy coincidence that along with the Department of Tourism’s social media-heavy tourism campaign, Naia rolls back its terminal fee from P750 to 550, as its five-year initiative requiring the additional P200 finally ends in February.

Posted: January 14th, 2012 in Headlines,Super | Read More »

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