Travel recovery to be impacted by high testing costs

Local airlines, which are desperately in need of a travel demand boom, are worried that the high cost of COVID-19 tests could potentially delay their path to recovery. While the fear of catching COVID-19 remains the main concern of most people, the high cost of testing in the country is further discouraging people from flying again. Air Carriers Association of …

Cruise ships return to Venice as protesters demand an immediate ban

A cruise ship in the Italian city of Venice received an unpleasant goodbye as hundreds of protesters rowed boats to meet it as it left the famous city’s lagoon. It is the first cruise ship to sail into Venice in 17 months, and to some, it was a surprise. That was because the Italian government banned large vessels, like cruise …

7 Boracay tourists nabbed over fake swab test results

Seven tourists from Luzon were arrested for allegedly presenting fake RT-PCR test results upon entering Boracay Island. The seven, aged 30 to 40 years old, were part of a group of tourists who arrived on the island on June 4 and stayed in a hotel in Barangay Balabag, according to Lieutenant Colonel Don de Dios, Boracay police chief. De Dios …

PH ‘continuously exploring’ adventure tourism

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured that the Department of Tourism would continue to strengthen its product and market development as the country prepares for the eventual restart of tourism. Puyat said, “The Philippines retains its pro-active stance in exploring new innovative tourism products, including adventure tourism that will contribute to fast track the recovery of the sector within the Asia-Pacific …

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 …