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Virus seen to cost world tourism at least $22 billion

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Researchers find that the economies most likely to suffer would be those most dependent on Chinese tourism, including the Philippines

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Children in Boracay still vulnerable to sexual exploitation

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Child safety watchdog ECPAT Philippines urges Malay officials to ensure that 'child protection mechanisms are in place and functioning' when Boracay reopens to tourists on October 26

BORACAY SUNSET. Children watch the sunset in famed Boracay island. Children in tourist destinations are vulnerable to child sex tourism. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

US, UK, Australia warn nationals after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:24 AM

We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall the Australian embassy says

SHOOTING INCIDENT. The Resorts World Manila attack on June 2, 2017, prompts foreign embassies to warn their nationals to exercise caution. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Taiwan ready to lose P400M a year over Filipinos' visa-free entry

May 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

I believe Taiwan should be discovered because Taiwan has been overlooked for so long Taiwan s representative in the Philippines says

TRADEMARK TAIWAN. A tourist walks past the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on May 18, 2017. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Travel guide: 6 must-see beaches and tourist spots in Catanduanes

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Check out these beautiful secluded beaches waterfalls and viewing points in Catanduanes

Qantas to fly non-stop between Australia and Europe

Dec 12, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Qantas plans to operate non stop flights from Perth to London the world s first regular passenger service linking Australia directly to Europe

Photo taken on November 17, 2014 shows Qantas planes at Sydney Airport. Peter Parks/AFP

Megaworld unit spending P10B for 5 hotels in Boracay, Batangas

Jun 30, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Four of these hotels are within a 150 hectare integrated tourism and leisure township in Boracay while the other one will be in a 1 200 hectare development near Tagaytay

TOURISM AND LEISURE. Megaworld’s GERI is the developer of Boracay Newcoast, a 150-hectare sustainably-designed integrated urban township. File photo by Rappler taken in 2015

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it – study

May 13, 2016 - 1:00 AM

No region is untouched by this crime says a landmark report backed by the United Nations

Meet Klepetan and Malena: Croatia's lovebird storks, faithfully 'in love'

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Croatia is trying to attract more tourists by showcasing the enduring love story of Klepetan a male stork who has been flying thousands of miles every year to join his handicapped mate Malena

Screengrab from YouTube/Croatia Full of Life

European travel agents defy Internet threat

Mar 16, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The travel agency industry in Europe is performing well even with competition from online bookings

epaselect epa05202243 Two people stand in front of an oversized photo of two people snorkeling in the South Pacific at the booth from Tahiti during the ITB Berlin international travel trade show in Berlin, Germany, 09 March 2016. Around 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries are presenting their new offers in the travel industry from 09 until 13 March 2016. The Maldives are the official partner country at the ITB this year. EPA/SOEREN STACHE

Cebu Pacific slashes fares to 28 int'l destinations

Jul 24, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The seat sale which starts at P1 500 all in is from July 23 to 26 or until seats last

PH jumps 8 places in global travel and tourism index

May 07, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The country has a competitive advantage in the areas of prioritization of tourism price natural resources and openness

PAL holds 3-day travel fair from Nov 14-16

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Those buying their tickets from the travel fair can win trips to the East Coast via flights to New York

Lombok: The island of breathtaking beaches

Oct 19, 2014 - 4:12 PM

Just a 2 hour flight from Jakarta Lombok offers a wealth of gorgeous beaches that are far less crowded than in neighboring Bali

MYTHICAL BEACH. Once a year, a Bau Nyale ceremony – where locals search for sea worms – is held on Seger beach.

From selfies to #SharePH: we need you

Oct 13, 2014 - 9:27 PM

Why do we travel? For many reasons emotional and personal But with SharePH we want you to help showcase the Philippines to the world So have a social media account? Be an ambassador for the PH

SHARE AWAY. A campaign to invite the world to the Philippines

Sawahlunto: Journey to a historic coal mining town

Sep 20, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Tourists flock to the hills of Sawahlunto for a nostalgic trip that includes tales of slavery trance inducing dances and some of the finest cloth sarongs in Indonesia

TIME TRAVEL. The old mining town of Sawahlunto in West Sumatra is steeped in history and legend. All photos by Nila Tanzil

Bangon, Bohol: Vacationing in the post-disaster province

May 16, 2014 - 11:35 AM

How is Bohol s tourism post disaster? A first timer finds out

Climbing Mt. Daraitan

May 03, 2014 - 5:29 PM

The climb was grueling for me despite regular weekly visits to the gym but the views and photos of the majestic sights were worth it

More Filipinos in space? One man thinks it's possible

Dec 16, 2013 - 12:36 AM

The former underdog is getting ready to go where no Filipino has gone before

FIRST FILIPINO. Chino Roque counting down the days until his flight into space. All Photos by Gen Cruz

7 tips for travel during Ramadan

Aug 01, 2013 - 5:10 PM

The holy month should not stop you from traveling but it s important to not be insensitive too

A DIFFERENT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. Traveling during Ramadan can be a challenging but rewarding experience

6 ways to plan a destination wedding

Jun 27, 2013 - 12:50 PM

Here are tips and stories to inspire as you plan your dream wedding

DESTINATION: DREAM WEDDING. With some careful planning, you can pull off your dream out-of-town wedding. Photo by Kara Santos

Sinirangan: Off the beaten path through art

May 02, 2013 - 4:04 PM

It certainly made me want to pack my bags again and explore places I haven’t been to yet in this off the beaten region

EXHIBIT ORGANIZER-SLASH-ARTIST. Val Villanueva with one of his artworks, 'Mountain Life of Samar.' All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

6 safety tips for women traveling solo

Apr 18, 2013 - 2:21 PM

I highly recommend to everyone to try solo travel at least once whether it’s a weekend or a long term adventure

COVER ALL BASES. Traveling alone can be a rewarding experience if you take the right safety precautions. Photo courtesy of Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer

Surfing with a heart: The Surfskwela project

Mar 14, 2013 - 12:13 PM

Aside from riding the waves and being cool what else do surfers do? They support education

CAMARADERIE, SURF, EDUCATION. The Manila Surfers Association's most recent event also celebrated the donation of school supplies and computers to Quirino Elementary School

No fear factor: Zipline fun in Ilagan

Mar 14, 2013 - 6:44 AM

Conquer your fear by jumping into it — literally

FEAR FACTOR. For a few seconds, writer Jerald Uy was Spider-Man. All photos courtesy of Jerald Uy

Sillag Festival: Spectacle of lights, colors

Mar 11, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Find out what happened in the two day festival of lights in La Union

READY FOR FLIGHT. A woman holds a lantern upright before releasing it to the sky. All photos by Katerina Francisco

What history books didn’t say about Corregidor

Mar 07, 2013 - 4:05 PM

The island once known as The Rock has its fair share of mysteries and conspiracies

HAUNTING ISLAND. The remains of a cinema on Corregidor island. All photos by Peter Imbong

In Bali, Indonesia, art is a way of life

Mar 07, 2013 - 2:39 PM

In Bali Indonesia art is more than just an attraction — it s a lifestyle

EVERYWHERE, THERE'S ART. Coconut carvings sold at a temple in Bali. All photos by Rem Tanauan

IN PHOTOS: Isabela's Bambanti festival

Mar 07, 2013 - 1:09 PM

Ilagan City s festival of scarecrows hopes to attract more investors to the province while starting a new tradition

WELCOME TO BAMBANTI VILLAGE. Isabela's Bambanti Festival pays homage to Filipino farmers and Filipino produce, aside from offering thanksgiving for good climate. All photos by Jerald Uy

PH 'rising star' in travel, tourism

Mar 07, 2013 - 9:11 AM

Philippines jumps 12 notches in the World Economic Forum s 2013 Travel and Tourism Industry Competitiveness Index

Conde Nast lists PH in top 2013 destinations

Jan 02, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Conde Nast Traveller names the Philippines one of its 10 hottest travel destinations for 2013

The wild, unspoiled beauty of Danjugan Island

Aug 13, 2012 - 8:44 PM

It is nature s perfect getaway and classroom

GIANT CLAMS IN DANJUGAN. A few reach up to almost one meter in diameter. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Amazing Anawangin

Apr 21, 2012 - 12:34 PM

A concerned traveler writes about the beauty of Anawangin and the danger it faces

BREATHTAKING BEAUTY. Anawangin's beauty is for us to enjoy, not destroy. Photo by Maria Socorro Melic.

Palace shrugs off US travel advisory

Jan 08, 2012 - 2:17 PM

The US travel advisory was issued on the same day the Philippines tourism department launched its new campaign strategy to attract tourists