DOT fetes Palawan as among world’s 10 most beautiful islands

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019   •   524

The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the recognition of Palawan after it was hailed as among the world’s 10 best islands by CNN Travel.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has lauded the efforts of the local government in Palawan for promoting sustainable tourism.

“Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan did not go unnoticed. We are thankful for this CNN citation of our tourist destinations,” she said.

According to CNN Travel, Palawan is “a gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water.”

Included in the list of best islands in the world are Milos, Greece; Bartolomé, Ecuador; Fregate, Seychelles; St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles; Jura, Scotland; Komodo Island, Indonesia; and Kaua’i, United States.

Meanwhile, Travel+Leisure magazine in New York ranked Palawan second among world’s best islands.—AAC

DOT: 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported a 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019.

Based on the data of the DOT, tourist arrivals went up by 6.8 million from January to October 2019.

This is 15% higher compared to the 5.9 million tourist arrivals from January to October 2018.

Meanwhile, tourism revenue is also up by 25% compared in 2018. From January to August 2019, the DOT already recorded P27.3 billion revenue.

The bulk of the tourists visiting the country come from South Korea, China, and the United States.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island remains the top tourist destination in the country.

Foreign Tourists:

Korea = 1,609,172
China = 1,499,524
United States = 872,335
Japan = 569,625
Taiwan = 282,220

According to the DOT, progress in tourism creates job and business opportunities for the country.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DIY tips for your Cagayan travel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 10, 2019

Still unsure about your year-end travel? Go to Cagayan. Boom, problem solved.

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As the “Emerging Tiger of Northern Luzon”, Cagayan can also be a one-stop-shop destination for all your travel cravings. You need some vitamin sea? Cagayan has the longest shoreline in the region.

Do you feel like getting lost in nature? The Sierra Madre lies in Cagayan Province. Or if you want to just sit back, relax, and get in touch with the locals, Cagayan offers a vast agricultural land, rivers, and municipal islands.

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Trip Ko ‘To’s latest episode shared some Do-It-Yourself tips for you to get the best year-end travel in Cagayan.

Travel

Travel by bus: There are bus terminals en route to Tuguegarao in Cubao, Sampaloc, and Quezon City where fares will not exceed P700. Travel time is around 12 hours.

Travel by plane: For one hour and 15 minutes, you can already arrive at your destination. Air fare ranges from P3,700-P4,500.

Travel by car: It is around 12-hour drive to Tuguegarao from Metro Manila.

Lodging

Cocoon Travelers: It is located at 38 Luna St. Tuguegarao City, Cagayan where room rates ranges from P1,150-P2,050.

Capili Lodging: It is along Sta. Ana where rooms range from P500 (room for 2), P750 (air-conditioned room for 2).

Destinations

Callao Cave: A 30-minute ride from Tuguegarao City via tricycle (P70).

Sierra Cave: This is about 20 meters away from Callao Cave, you can also ride a tricycle to get there.

Cape Engano: In Pasamboa, ride a tricycle to San Vicente Port for a 15-peso boat ride. You can also rent a boat for P1,800. For P3,500 you can travel to Cape Engano, Anguib Beach, Crocodile Island, and Punta Verde.

We still win as one: PH named world’s leading dive destination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

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The Philippines was recognized as the 2019 World’s Leading Dive destination in the recent World Travel Awards (WTA).

The Department of Tourism has announced that the Philippines bested eight other global dive destinations also nominated under the same category which includes Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this recognition is a validation that the Philippines is truly a premier dive destination.

“Dubbed by marine experts and scientists as the heart of marine biodiversity in the world, our country is home to the highest concentration of coral reef life and astounding variety of marine species,” he said in a statement.—AAC

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