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Lapu braces for reopening of domestic tourism

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Following “improvements” on its COVID-19 situation, Lapu-Lapu City is now gearing towards reopening its tourism industry for domestic clients. The city’s Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (TCHAC) has started conducting inspections in hotels and resorts for the latter’s compliance on safety and wellness protocols set by the local government unit, […] The post Lapu braces for reopening of domestic tourism appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 13th, 2020

Dolphin watching in Lapu soon, too?

CEBU CITY, Philippines — How does dolphin watching in Lapu-Lapu City sound like? As the city moves towards the reopening its tourism industry following its downgrade to the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status, Mayor Junard Chan said the sightings of dolphins in waters off Mactan Island may become another tourism attraction for the locality. […] The post Dolphin watching in Lapu soon, too? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2020

DOT prepares domestic tourism protocols for after the quarantine

The Department of Tourism on Wednesday said it is already preparing for the reopening and revival of tourism in the Philippines once areas are placed under the modified General Community Quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

Secure facilities needed to restart hotel industry

Hotels are urged to create a secure and COVID proof accommodation facilities to be able to tap the domestic tourism market in line with restarting the industry, according to a property consultancy firm......»»

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Coron tourism reopens; El Nido accepts more visitors

The Department of Tourism is welcoming the reopening of Coron, Palawan to tourists this week, as it will help bring back lost jobs on the island......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

In Photos: Gwen reopens tourism activities in Malapascua Island

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the reopening of tourism activities in Malapascua Island that is part of Daanbantayan town in northern Cebu on Sunday, November 22. She also inaugurated the new covered court in Barangay Logon, the new Philippine National Police (PNP) outpost on the island, and its multi-purpose hall during her […] The post In Photos: Gwen reopens tourism activities in Malapascua Island appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Lapu officials mull incorporating motorcade in future Virgen dela Regla fiestas

  LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- The Lapu-Lapu City Government wants to continue holding the motorcade in future fiesta celebrations of the Virgen Dela Regla. Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs chairperson Cindi Chan said this after the activity gained positive feedbacks from Oponganons. “We would probably go back gyud sa naandan gyud, but I will […] The post Lapu officials mull incorporating motorcade in future Virgen dela Regla fiestas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Boutique resort in El Nido to welcome guests via ‘expanded travel bubble’

El Nido town government in Palawan recently eased travel restrictions and allowed more tourists to enter the island in a bid to jumpstart domestic tourism......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Tourism chief pushes for COVID-19 tests price cap for tourism revival

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Tuesday sought for a price cap on the real-time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or the RT-PCR swab confirmatory test and Antigen tests for COVID-19 to boost the reopening of tourism......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Ilocos Norte reopens tourism, other provinces to follow suit

LAOAG CITY, Oct 23 (PIA) - After Ilocos Norte welcomed Luzon tourists on Oct. 15, Ilocos Sur along with other provinces in the Ilocos Region eye reopening their tourism very soon.Ilocos Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Safety marshals to ensure physical distancing when beaches, resorts reopen

Find out the conditions contained in the guidelines released by the Department of Tourism (DOT) for the reopening of beaches, resorts and other tourist destinations in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

DOT anticipates more local tourists in Baguio City as city adopts antigen testing

The Department of Tourism said that it sees domestic tourism boom in one of the country’s top tourist destinations, Baguio City, after it has adopted the antigen testing as a way to determine if the visitors are COVID-19-free......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Over 100 tourism sites in Bicol now open to domestic travelers

Over 100 tourism sites in Bicol now open to domestic travelers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Manila Bay’s white sand beach to be like Brazil, according to Mayor Isko?

Will Manila Bay’s recent temporary opening of its white-sand beach, which sparked a #ManilaBayChallenge meme craze on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter, plus the planned Oct. 1 reopening of Boracay and Baguio City, finally mark the beginnings of a much-awaited Philippine tourism revival amidst a global pandemic?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

SB Corp. eyes loans to MSMEs in tourism

SB Corp., the lending arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, will prioritize tourism-accredited micro, small and medium enterprises to expedite the reopening of the tourism sector......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

‘77% of Pinoys want to travel amid pandemic’

Due to the months-long lockdown, a vast majority of the country’s 110 million Filipinos want to travel to domestic tourist spots and take a respite from strict government restrictions, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat told lawmakers yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Tokyo stocks up on tourism optimism

Japanese stocks opened higher Monday on hopes of economic recovery as Tokyo was added to a government domestic tourism campaign intended to boost an economy hit hard by the coronavirus. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.27 percent, or 62.07 points, at 23,468.56 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.66 percent, […] The post Tokyo stocks up on tourism optimism appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

Marina urged: Reconsider ban on wooden-hulled boats

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan will appeal to national government agencies urging them to reconsider the implementation of the ban on wooden-hulled boats. Chan said the plans were made to give tourism players in the city, particularly island-hopping operators, time to recover their losses. “I will make an appeal to […] The post Marina urged: Reconsider ban on wooden-hulled boats appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2020

IATF approves antigen screening protocol for domestic travel

The government has approved the Antigen Screening Protocol for Domestic Air Travel for tourism, a few days after President Duterte allowed the resumption of local tourism activities to boost the economy battered by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Baguio’s Ridge to Reef Travel Bubble Plan eyed to be replicated nationwide

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday said the Baguio City’s Ridge to Reef Corridor Plan or the Travel Bubble Plan, a strategy to ensure the gradual and safe reopening of the “Summer Capital” to tourists from nearby provinces, can be replicated across the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020