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Despite Boracay’s 6 months closure, the Philippines Department of Tourism has reported that 2018 closed with a 7.68% increase in tourist arrivals. The 6 months long closure of tropical paradise Boracay, from May to October, seems to have little affect on the overall growth of the country’s tourism. Boracay was closed down last year for a ‘makeover’, mainly to tackle pollution after the Duterte described the island as a “cesspool.”


In an attempt to attract more visitors to this island province, the provincial government initiated an annual dive festival that will last until August 31, 2019. The dive festival is component of the viable tourism drive of the Local Government Unit through its four main topics: volcano tourism, heritage tourism, farm and ecotourism, and dive tourism. Camigun has around 30 dive sites scattered throughout the island’s provincial waters. This small

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Tuesday that Malacanang’s endorsement of the PHP25-billion Boracay Action Plan (BAP) signifies the Duterte administration’s commitment to sustain the gains from the island’s initial six-month closure. “The Department of Tourism wholeheartedly welcomes President Duterte’s approval of the PHP25 billion Boracay Action Plan to complete the island’s rehabilitation and continue its sustainable tourism development program,” Romulo Puyat stated over a text message. “By essentially institutionalizing

fish in sea

CAMIGUIN, Northern Mindanao — On attracting the growing dive tourism market, the first-ever dive festival in the south has been started in Camiguin, the northern tip of Mindanao, signifying the province and the region’s readiness to accommodate divers. Bo Mancao, a Cebu-based international dive photographer, noted “a couple more years” and the volcanic island could position itself as a “top diving destination in Asia.” Mancao added on the sidelines of


Taiwan is looking at attracting thousands of Filipino tourists to the Taiwanese capital as it launched the “Undiscovered Taipei” tourism campaign in Manila last Friday. Director Jerry Chuang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila noted a “very dramatic increase” in Filipino tourists to Taiwan, who reached around 419,000 in 2018. Chuang told reporters in Makati City during the launch, “Filipino tourists have become popular tourists in

Ilocos Norte

A 77-year-old tourism ambassador Ana Magbual of Alogoog village in Badoc, Ilocos Norte said Friday an average of around thousand pilgrims visit the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist in a day as compared before when barely a hundred local churchgoers hear mass at the Badoc church. This is where a lowly-church located at the heart of Badoc town continues to attract pilgrims all over the world a year


The influx of Foreign tourist rose 7.6 percent in the first quarter to 2.2 million, much that Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat perceives the country hitting another record-high number of tourists from abroad for the entire year. During Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 52nd Annual Meeting, Romulo-Puyat told last Saturday that influxes from January to March exceeded the 2.05 million posted during the same three-month period last year. March sees foreign arrivals

POEA raises warning over KL-based Filipina supplying fake travel documents to OFWs

Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuala Lumpur reported that a certain Gina Leyson Erana has been providing fake employment contracts, passports, visa, and other related documents to Filipinos working illegally in Malaysia who want to secure an OEC in the Philippines. The POEA cautioned Filipino workers returning to their overseas jobs or “balik-manggagawa” for use of forged documents when applying for exit clearance or overseas employment certificate (OEC). POEA

PH goal to find a ‘sweet spot’ for it is cruise tourism

The Philippines is proving to be an up and then coming tourist destination for cruise ships but it aims to try to find the balance between revenue and then headcount. Thanks to its archipelagic geography and diverse culture in every region, the Philippines offer a great stopover for passengers. According to Benito Bengzon of Department of Tourism, “As in the case of general tourism in the country, what we want

Netizens enroll new It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign

“It’s a 100-percent crowd-sourced campaign constructed entirely by the people who may have experienced first hand why it’s more fun in the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said as she led the start last Monday of a new “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” ad, which only uses real images, footage and reviews shared online by tourists, telling stories that are classed as absolutely authentic. The renewed crowd-sourced “It’s More