The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) recently turned over the chairmanship of the National Ecotourism Development Council (NEDC) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in a ceremony held at the DOT Auditorium in Manila. The NEDC, together with the National Ecotourism Steering Committee (NESC) and the Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC), was, Read More

2004 Pride International Film Festival (PIFF) is inviting everyone to celebrate HIV/AIDS education through the presentation of international GLBT digital films and videos in the Philippines, plus the presentation of the “Judy” Award to Madonna and PIFF’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award to Sir Ian Mckellen. The 1st Pride International Film Festival is a gay, lesbian,, Read More

This year has proven to be yet another triumphant year for Philippines’ diving spots, as the country bagged major awards during the recent Marine Diving Fair 2004 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan held last month. The Marine Diving Fair is an annual event organized by the Marine Art Center Co. Ltd. This year, the event, Read More

Healthcare with leisure. This is how the Department of Tourism describes its new program, aimed at positioning the country as a competitive health vacation destination in Asia, targeting both the wellness/spa and medical tourist markets. Newly appointed Tourism Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan announced that under the Philippine Health Tourism Program (PHTP), DOT and its partner, Read More

Robert Dean Barbers is new in the position of Department of Tourism (DOT) officer-in-charge and concurrent Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) general manager. Taking over the reins from Richard Gordon who is campaigning for a Senatorial slot in the May 2004 national elections, Barbers, at 33, is both the youngest DOT Secretary ever and the, Read More

Foreign experts from all over the world are coming to Manila to help local and international organizations and corporations beef up their systems in various fields of operations, the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) said yesterday, citing new trends and developments in association management now taking place in many parts of the globe. According, Read More

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) announced that the year 2003 has been favorable for the country’s tourism industry especially during the last quarter of the year after it bounced back from the effects of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and despite other global challenges, visitor arrivals grew 2.5% in September, 11.3% in October, Read More