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In the time of COVID-19, how is Boracay doing?

Lory Joyce Andagan, Choose Philippines
Updated as of May 16 02:40 PM

For an area that relies heavily on the influx of tourists, it was not easy for Boracay to cope, leaving many wondering: how is Boracay right now? Read more »

Tourism chief to count on domestic market in travel industry’s recovery

Posted at May 15 01:55 PM

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat believes that the domestic market has a crucial role in the recovery of the travel industry after the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more »

France unveils 18-billion euro plan for hard-hit tourism sector

Michel Rose, Reuters
Posted at May 14 08:48 PM

France on Thursday announced measures worth 18 billion euros ($19 billion) to support its tourism sector, which has been hammered by the coronavirus crisis and resulting shutdown in beaches, leisure attractions and hotels.   Read more »

EU calls for European borders to reopen to save tourist season

Philip Blenkinsop and Kate Abnett, Reuters
Posted at May 13 09:03 PM

The European Union pushed on Wednesday for a gradual reopening of borders within the bloc shut by the coronavirus, saying it was not too late to salvage some of the summer tourist season while keeping people safe.   Read more »

Beaches, resorts still not allowed in PH as COVID-19 lockdowns ease

Posted at May 13 06:12 PM

Filipinos would have to find ways to keep their wanderlust at bay as travel is still discouraged despite the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns in the country.  Read more »

Siargao takes a much-needed break during lockdown

Kenneth Mheil Mangaya-Ay, Choose Philippines
Posted at May 13 12:20 PM

For surfer Ikit Agudo, the place she calls home is taking a much-needed break during the period of enhanced community quarantine.   Read more »

Domestic tourists seen as lifesavers for industry after COVID-19 disruption

Bruce Rodriguez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at May 12 09:38 PM

The Department of Tourism on Tuesday said it will prioritize the promotion of local travel to revive a sector that’s been badly battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more »

‘Mga galing ibang bansa pero di OFW, may quarantine facility na’

Posted at May 12 09:30 PM

May libreng quarantine facility rin na puwedeng tuluyan ang mga Pinoy na hindi overseas Filipino worker, ayon sa Philippine Coast Guard.  Read more »

Senate honors late tourism secretary Mon Jimenez

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News
Posted at May 12 07:57 PM

The Senate on Tuesday honored late Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, the advertising “genius” behind the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, which helped the country’s tourism destinations trend in the age of social media. Read more »

Thailand tourist arrivals may fall by as much as 65% in 2020 due to virus outbreak

Posted at May 11 08:53 PM

BANGKOK – The number of foreign tourists in Thailand may plunge as much as 25.8 million to 14 million this year, the lowest level in 14 years, as the coronavirus pandemic hits global travel, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Monday. Read more »

International tourism to plunge up to 80 percent due to virus: UN

Agence France-Presse
Posted at May 07 09:14 PM

The number of international tourist arrivals could plunge by 60 to 80 percent in 2020 owing to the coronavirus, the World Tourism Organization said Thursday, revising its previous forecast sharply lower.   Read more »

International tourism to plunge up to 80 percent due to virus: UN

Agence France-Presse
Updated as of May 07 08:23 PM

The number of international tourist arrivals will plunge by 60 to 80 percent in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism Organization said Thursday, revising a previous forecast of a 20-30 percent drop. Read more »

Tourism players appeal for loans, tax breaks to survive

Posted at May 04 08:14 PM

Jojo Clemente, president of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said travel and leisure companies want to continue running their business, but need help from the government and private sector to be able to do this.  Read more »

Turista, nakauwi na matapos ma-stranded sa Siargao ng 45 araw

Posted at May 04 01:27 PM

Isa si JD Castro sa mahigit 100 turistang na-stranded sa isla ng Siargao sa panahon ng COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more »

P1.4 bilyon sanang kita ng Baguio mula sa turismo, naglaho dahil sa COVID-19

Posted at May 04 01:15 PM

Ngayong summer dapat pinakamasigla ang turismo sa lungsod pero ayon sa Tourism Office ng Baguio, naglaho ang tinatayang P1.4 bilyong kikitain sana sa turismo dahil sa travel restrictions at kanselasyon ng mga aktbidad katulad ng Pangbenga Festival. Read more »

‘Dream now, travel later’: Baguio to remain closed for tourists

Updated as of May 03 02:41 PM

Summer tourist destination Baguio City will not be open to tourists anytime soon, its mayor said Sunday. Read more »

House panel outlines P43-billion stimulus package for tourism amid slump due to COVID-19

Posted at May 01 07:21 PM

The House Committee on Tourism has proposed a P43-billion stimulus package for the tourism industry to combat the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »

Long lines, lots of kids, and plenty to touch: How does Disney reopen its parks?

Helen Coster and Lisa Richwine, Reuters
Posted at May 01 06:43 PM

As some U.S. states lift stay-at-home orders, investors and park fans are watching to see how Walt Disney Co. reimagines the “happiest place on earth” for a world altered by the coronavirus. Read more »

Family road trips, domestic travel may be key to reviving PH tourism: DOT

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at May 01 12:21 PM

Family road trips may be the key to the recovery of Philippine tourism from the coronavirus crisis, the Department of Tourism said Friday as it prepared measures to uplift the industry. Read more »

DOT: Up to travel agencies to sell tour packages as virus curbs persist

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at May 01 12:10 PM

Travel agencies have the freehand on selling tour packages for future trips, the Department of Tourism said Friday even as it reminded the public on the prevailing tr Read more »


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