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THE Department of Tourism (DOT) will be crowdsourcing its advertisements and TV commercials (TVCs) this year, as it hopes to put out more innovative and original promotion materials. In an interview with the BusinessMirror, Katherine De Castro, tourism undersecretary for...
A GLOBAL tourism expert called out the United States and other European countries for allowing their government bureaucracies and politicians to dictate the issuances of travel bans, thus, penalizing many destinations, especially in the developing world. At the same time,...
SUBSTANTIAL increases in the number of Chinese and Taiwanese visitors to the Philippines helped power tourist arrivals in the country to some 2.88 million in the first five months of 2017. Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) also showed the total...
THERE was a news item a few days ago, which said Wonder Woman was the biggest Warner Bros. film in the Philippines, beating out the Superman vs Batman movie, which showed in 2016. According to the ABS-CBN news site: “As...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror NESTOR A. Espenilla Jr. formally took over the reins of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as governor on Monday, and pushed for the further liberalization of the banking sector, more...
Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror THE Roberto Ongpin-led Alphaland Corp. is applying for accreditation with the government-run Tourism Industry and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) for its new resort on Patnanungan Island, just 20 miles away from its...

Memories of food gone by

A POST on Facebook by a friend was what got me started. In his status, he recalls reaching for a plate filled with lengua de gato from La Cibeles and Dulcinea, as he shares about finding the same quality...
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is targeting to increase Japanese visitor arrivals to some 1.37 million by 2022, more than a twofold leap from the 535,238 arrivals in 2016. Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo leads a 70-strong delegation composed...
THE Philippines will be among the countries that will pilot test specific ways to measure tourism’s impact on the environment. This was disclosed by Tourism Undersecretary Rolando Cañizal, after delegates to the Sixth United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International...
There is a great Filipino story in every local destination. Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo enjoined tour guides and other members of the travel and tourism sector to tell these great stories behind the country’s diverse destinations—highlighting the...
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) has asked local government executives for assistance in implementing the government agency’s accreditation guidelines for tourism establishments. In an interview with the BusinessMirror, DOT Director for Tourism Standards and Regulations Ma. Rica C. Bueno said...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is withdrawing the airing of its “Sights” ad, after “validating” that it had “glaring similarities” to a 2014 tourism ad for South Africa. In another hastily called...

This culture of rip-offs

A FEW days ago, in my clan’s Viber group, someone posted an old video of Joey Ayala (always one of my favorite local singers) singing the “Lupang Hinirang” in a slower beat than the usual national anthem’s marching tempo. I...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror INTEGRATED casino resorts are not required to accredit their establishments with the Department of Tourism (DOT). In an interview with the BusinessMirror, DOT Director for Tourism Standards and Regulations Ma. Rica C....
Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is standing pat on its new “Sights” ad, despite criticisms from netizens that it was copied from a tourism ad for South Africa. This developed as the McCann...
By MA. STELLA F. ARNALDO / Special to the BusinessMirror A NUMBER of integrated casino resort complexes in Metro Manila do not appear to have been accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT), despite the latter’s officials saying it would review...
INTEGRATED casino resorts are beefing up their security measures on the heels of the lone gunman attack on Resorts World Manila (RWM). This developed as the Department of Tourism (DOT) said it would review the accreditation of RWM, as well...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is still keeping the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” brand slogan, but admits recent events have prompted it to refocus its current ad campaign to...
ON March 26 a hundred or so people gathered at the elegant and luxurious presidential suite of The Manila Hotel, to pay tribute to Amando M. Tetangco Jr., governor of the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP). Known to his...
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror CHINESE tourists once more powered the visitor arrivals in the Philippines, growing by 30.3 percent in the first three months of the year to 240,354. The performance of the Chinese market...