Report says families now most dynamic force in travel

Families will have a major impact on the future of the travel industry as priorities dramatically shift to reconnecting with relatives during the coronavirus disease pandemic. A May 2021 report by Airbnb revealed, “Pre-pandemic, travel was built around business. It made up just 12 percent of air travel but 75 percent of airline profits. Post-pandemic, families are the most dynamic …

‘Regenerative’ tourism to help recovery route

Teeming with more than 7,000 islands that offer unique destinations and experiences, there’s no doubt the Philippines is a top choice when it comes to nature and adventure-based travel. This bodes well for the country as tourism officials see this niche becoming the trend under the new normal. The Department of Tourism said adventurous activities are “very suitable” to the …

More flight cancellations, horror stories

One traveler with his 21-month old half Pinoy baby in his arms saw his flight to Manila cancelled three times. Lay-over hotel bookings had to be cancelled last minute, hundreds of dollars down the drain. Another was given the runaround by the Philippine Embassy in his country as staff didn’t know about the government’s changing travel rules. Tales of horror, …

PAL calls for easing of arrival protocols

Philippine Airlines is calling for the easing of arrival protocols for fully vaccinated travelers. PAL said a “green lane” approach would enable easier entry of fully vaccinated travelers into the country to help revive safe tourist travel and more convenient repatriation. The green lane concept to remove quarantine requirements for immunized travelers has been proposed by the Department of Tourism. …

Philippines proposes ‘green lane’ for vaccinated foreigners

Placing a green lane in airports for fully vaccinated foreigners would allow the country to reopen its tourist attractions to the benefit of struggling hotels and resorts, tour guides, operators and service providers, the Department of Tourism said. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted, “(This) will give the jobs back to many of our tourism workers and gradually revive the tourism …

Foreign arrivals plunge to 9-month low in April

Inbound arrivals in April fell to a nine-month low of 6,036 as Metro Manila’s revert to a strict lockdown drastically reduced the number of visitors entering the country. Arrivals in April were the lowest in nine months since the 5,518 arrivals in July 2020, according to data from the Department of Tourism. The latest figure, however, was a six-fold jump …

China among select nations offered quarantine exemption by Spain

Spain has lifted coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions for countries including the United Kingdom and China, as the national government aims to boost its vital tourism industry. Madrid says Chinese and British travelers, as well as those from Japan and seven other nations, will be considered able to travel to the country for non-essential reasons. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said …

DOT mulls limiting tourist volume in select destinations

The Department of Tourism may limit the number of people going to certain destinations in the new normal to ensure the health and safety of tourists, and allow natural attractions to regenerate. Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said the DOT picked up lessons from the closure of Boracay for six months to rehabilitate it. He said the DOT now puts …

PAL appeals transfer of LA terminal

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is appealing a decision to transfer its Los Angeles flights to new Los Angeles International Airport midfield gates starting this month, saying that the move would inconvenience its passengers, a large number of which are senior citizens or persons with disability. PAL said that effective June 1, it will be forced to move its flights departing …