tourism in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on tourism in the Philippines


Tourism slumps in Boracay after gradual reopening

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Recent statistics showed 81 tourists arrived on the island from June 16 to June 30. Meanwhile, Kalibo International Airport, resumes some commercial flights.

BORACAY. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay tourist arrivals decline by 40% due to coronavirus

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The China market is the hardest hit, from 59,768 arrivals in February 2019 to 490 tourists this year

CORONAVIRUS MONITORING. Background photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

Boracay eyes travel ban on mainland China tourists

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:09 AM

'Isang case ng coronavirus sa Boracay, sira na ang isla,' says town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Camiguin Island to set benchmarks for carrying capacity

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:41 AM

'Before, we would want to have more visitors, but that's not really right. We want more tourists here, but now, we want it to be within the carrying capacity of our island,' Camiguin Governor Romualdo says

Candidates for Miss Universe 2017 frolics in the fine white sands of White Island, a kilometer long white sand beach off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin. The Island embarks on a carrying capacity study to set benchmark for sustainable tourism visa-vis environmental protection. Photo by Bobby Lagsa//Rappler

Smart to roll out Google Station, interactive tourism markers in Intramuros, Rizal Park

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Free Wi-Fi seen to boost tourism in Manila's historical sites

DOT, Globe partner to promote sustainable and digital tourism

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:40 PM

They kicked off the partnership at the Globe-Siargao Sustainability Week

Close to home: PH startup taps locals to promote sustainable tourism

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

'Behind every responsible adventure, jobs are generated, and nature is further protected.... Tourism, if done hand in hand with communities, is one of the best ways to redistribute wealth,' says Tralulu CEO Andrew Cua

TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL. Tralulu team and local residents gather in Binondo, Manila food crawl. Photo by Tralulu

Light up Mayon Volcano? No plans yet, says Albay tourism official

Jul 07, 2019 - 1:44 PM

(UPDATED) How can anyone consider lighting up something the size of Mayon Volcano when Albay has power problems, some netizens ask

PERFECT CONE. Mayon Volcano drwas tourists near and far to see its perfect cone. Photo by MarvinBikolano, CC BY-SA 4.0

Megaworld subsidiary eyes P1.4-B income from rentals, hotels in 2019

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Amid its expected doubling of income for 2019, Global-Estate Resorts says it wants to contribute to the Philippines' tourism sector

MORE INCOME. The launching of more projects in 2019 is expected to double GERI's income.

Tourism's GDP share rises in 2018 despite Boracay closure

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The number of jobs in the tourism industry also inches up by 1.8% to 5.4 million in 2018

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Marina gives extra push promoting PH cruise shipping tourism

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Despite advocating promotion of cruise shipping industry, the Maritime Industry Authority assures that it will be 'uncompromising' in enforcing strict policies for accreditation

Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists in 2018 as San Vicente Airport opens

May 10, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Transportation Arthur Tugade says the will begin catering to commercial flights, specifically by PAL, by June. Cebu Pacific is also considering the marketability of flying to San Vicente.

TOURISM BOOST. The municipality of San Vicente, which boasts of the Philippines' longest white beach, is located 186 kilometers north of the capital Puerto Princesa City. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

[OPINION] Enough of policymaking without planning

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction

36,000 jobs, P56 billion 'at stake' if Boracay closed for a year

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'More than the effect of closure [on] individual business entities, the contribution of this to the country's economy cannot be disregarded,' say Boracay Island stakeholders

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Aerial inspection of Boracay Island by Department of Tourism (DOT) shows overcrowding and over-development concerns. Photo from DOT

Koreans, Chinese are top PH tourists in first 10 months of 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chinese arrivals also record the biggest surge, jumping 39.28%, while Indian visitors rose 20.28%

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The total number of tourists to Boracay hits 1 107 167 – a 13 increase from 2016 figures

FAVORITE DESTINATION. A tourist enjoys kite boarding in the waters of Boracay island. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Tourist influx threatens food security in El Nido

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:00 AM

There are other factors that contribute to the inadequacy of the food supply Agricultural lands being converted into resorts is one of them


McCann speaks up on termination of DOT partnership

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:26 AM

McCann says it respects the DOT decision and believes it is in the best interest of all parties to discuss a sensible resolution to this matter

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DOT cuts ties with McCann after ad controversy

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM

After initially standing by its allegedly plagiarized ad the Department of Tourism now says it expects a public apology from McCann Worldgroup Philippines

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New DOT ad criticized for being 'unoriginal'

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Netizens on social media point out that the theme complete with the revelation at the end is similar to a South African tourism ad

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Wisata alam Filipina: Dari sungai bawah tanah hingga jelajah pulau

Dec 02, 2016 - 8:40 AM

Sebentar lagi musim liburan Jika bicara tentang wisata alam negara mana sih yang jadi tujuan kalian? Destinasi seperti apakah yang bisa dinikmati dan mudah dijangkau dari Jakarta atau Denpasar?

South Korea, China top sources of Boracay int'l tourists

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Philippine tourism officials hope to attract 1 7 million tourists this year to the world famous island resort

BORACAY. Rappler file photo of White Beach on Boracay Island

Apl de ap on new book, Christmas in PH, Black Eyed Peas comeback

Dec 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The Filipino American singer partners with the Department of Tourism for the campaign Visit the Philippines Again 2016

Fruits, flowers, food: Davao celebrates 30th Kadayawan Festival

Aug 23, 2015 - 4:40 PM

This year s Kadayawan festival showcases Davao s culture through music dancing competition and food

Camiguin declared insurgency-free

Feb 11, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The island province among the top tourism destinations in the country draws 380 000 visitors a year

INSURGENCY FREE. Colonel Jesse A Alvarez, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander (left), Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo (center), and Police Senior Superintendent Wilfredo  Cayat, provincial police commander, sign the Memorandum of Agreement turning over the peace and security control from the army to the police on February 10, 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cebu Pacific eyes flights to Canada

Jun 15, 2014 - 9:59 PM

This follows the signing of a new air service agreement doubling the number of flights per week between the Philippines and Canada

PH 'well situated' to take advantage of ASEAN integration

May 20, 2014 - 5:50 AM

But it must address the weaknesses of some sectors such as manufacturing and agriculture and challenges in energy transport and infrastructure

PH gears up for more cruise tourists

Oct 25, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The ports authority is pushing for the development of at least 8 ports identified as tourism gateways for c

CRUISE TOURISTS. The Philippines wants to improve more ports cruise ships will be calling on. 2003 file photo by AFP

5 recommended dive spots in PH

Oct 03, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Planning a diving trip? Check out our recommendations

SIGHT TO BEHOLD. A whale shark at Oslob. All photos by JB Lim

9 things to do in Ilocos Norte

Oct 03, 2013 - 1:47 PM

From history buffs to nature lovers and adrenaline junkies Ilocos Norte has got it covered

WORLD HERITAGE CHURCH. Paoay Church is famous, old and picture-perfect. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Affordable rainy day trips

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Who says traveling should be heavy on the pocket?

SURF’S UP! Liw-liwa in Zambales is one of the closest surf spots to the metro. It has accommodations for penny-pinching backpackers, too!

Gulugod Baboy’s all-weather beauty

Sep 05, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Gulugod Baboy literally means Pig’s Spine

GREEN ALL YEAR ROUND. Rain or shine, Gulugod Baboy offers breathtaking views, especially from its peak. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Paseo de Manila tourism zone to rise in Luneta Park

Aug 31, 2013 - 7:45 AM

The country s national park agency has bigger plans to redevelop the People s Park

PASEO DE MANILA. The proposed plan shows new buildings with rooftop gardens rising in the side of Luneta Park with the Quirino Grand Stand and Manila Ocean Park. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Get stoked: 7 lesser-known PH surf spots

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

‘Tis the season of rains typhoons and surfing

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SURFING. Surfers are in for a treat with the typhoon-brought waves this rainy season. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Explosive device found in village near Underground River

Jul 15, 2013 - 1:39 PM

The police detonated the device near the wharf of Sabang a coastal village where tourists take off on boats to visit Puerto Princesa s Underground River

Tourism to account for 20% of jobs by 2016: official

Feb 14, 2013 - 9:58 AM

Tourism is expected to contribute 11 to the Philippines GDP and provide up over 18 of total jobs by 2016 Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr says

TOURISM JOBS. The industry is expected to contribute 11% to the Philippines' GDP and provide up over 18% of total jobs by 2016, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. says. Photo by AFP

Cebu Pacific's 1st long-haul flight: Dubai

Jan 17, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Dubai is budget carrier Cebu Pacific s first long haul destination the company announces Flights will begin in October

Korean tourist drowns in El Nido

Jan 09, 2013 - 11:47 AM

The tourist was with his family in El Nido

Underground River a globally-important wetland

Jul 16, 2012 - 12:59 PM

Palawan s Underground River is now included in the Ramsar Convention List

The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, June 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Mike Gonzalez.

PH competes with neighbors better positioned to attract tourists

May 12, 2012 - 12:01 PM

The Philippines has a chance to meet its target of 6 million tourist arrivals by 2016 but a competitive environment in the region remains a challenge for the country says Delta Air Lines executive Steven Crowdey