Travel from NCR to GCQ, MGCQ areas allowed starting Sept. 16: DOT

Leisure travel from Metro Manila to areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ are allowed subject to local government guidelines until September 30, after the region was placed under Alert Level 4 in the pilot Covid-19 alert levels system. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said leisure travel may resume in these areas and only “if LGU allows” as she cited …

Vogue Paris lists Siargao among top islands ‘to go on holiday’

Siargao has landed on Vogue France’s list of 10 “most charming islands to make the most of the summer season,” an inclusion welcomed by the Philippine government. The Department of Tourism said it “is elated with the inclusion of the country’s surfing capital Siargao Island in ‘The 10 islands to go on holiday this summer’ list of coveted fashion and …

EU launches Digital COVID-19 certificate but only for approved vaccines

The European Union recently launched its digital COVID-19 certificate, which will allow users to show verified proof of vaccination against the coronavirus disease, a recent negative test result, or past COVID-19 infection. The certificate, which shall be used by 21 EU member states, should allow most travelers to move within the bloc without having to navigate complicated testing and quarantine …

Spain’s tourism boost

An estimated 1.36 million foreign tourists visited Spain in May of this year, a stark contrast to the same period last year when no tourists were allowed in because of a coronavirus disease lockdown. The travelers boosted the economy by spending 1.64 billion dollars but that was still 83 percent less than the amount vacationers parted with in the same …

Global economy ‘faces $4 trillion hit’ from COVID-19 effect on tourism

Everyone knows the tourism industry was hit hard when the pandemic struck, but only now is the true cost of a 75 percent drop in holidaymakers becoming clear. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the industry lost 900 billion dollars in expected income last year and the knock-on effect to the global economy is in the trillions. A …

First quarantine-free tourists arrive in Phuket under Sandbox scheme

International tourists were welcomed at the Thai island of Phuket without the need to quarantine, in an experiment to see if travel can return to normal as the world learns to live with COVID-19. Thailand wants to attract up to 100,000 people to the island between July and September in a project called the “Phuket Sandbox.” The hope is no …

DOT urges tourists to halt non-essential trips to Batangas high-risk towns

The Department of Tourism encouraged tourists to postpone any tourism activity and non-essential travels to high-risk towns of Batangas amid the Taal Volcano unrest. It particularly identified the high-risk towns of Agoncillio and Laurel. The DOT said the tourists should suspend their trips until the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology declares it safe to be in the vicinity. On …

Kennon Road rehab project moves forward

The government is committed to the rehabilitation of Kennon Road as part of efforts to boost tourism in Baguio City. The Department of Public Works and Highways is conducting a general perception survey for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, improvement, operation and maintenance of the Kennon Road project. The rehabilitation of the 115-year-old Kennon Road involves upgrading and improving the landslide-prone sections …

‘Stop this nonsense’: Qatar Airways boss speaks out on cheap plane tickets

The CEO of Qatar Airways has slammed super-low-price plane tickets – saying the knock-on effect is unsustainable for the industry. He said: “Airlines have to get real and stop this nonsense of 10 pound…tickets.” Speaking at the Paris Air Forum, the airline chief said he wants the cut-price tickets offered by budget airlines to stop so companies can “charge adequately …