• DOT Offers Online “Enhanced Opportunity” Training For Tourism Stakeholders

    Manila, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched an online training program for the country’s tourism stakeholders to stay relevant, learn to cope with the difficulties arising from the global pandemic novel coronavirus or COVID-19, and to facilitate transition to recovery.

    DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the program dubbed DOT Online Training is done via Zoom video-conferencing and offers the stakeholders an option to use their time productively during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which has been extended to April 30.

    “The DOT is developing online courses for tourism stakeholders. This conceptualized as an alternative to the

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  • Don’t expect business travel to bounce back this year— but don’t count it out altogether

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    Susan Lichtenstein was attending an industry event, aptly named the Business Travel Show, in London at the end of February. By the last day of the conference, the novel coronavirus that had emerged from Wuhan, China, in late December had become the main point of conversation. By the time she reached Heathrow Airport to head home to Palm Beach, Fla., social distancing—before it entered the international lexicon—was already in action as she describes a scene … Read More

  • Hotel Review: The Mini Suites Eton Tower in Makati City

    The Mini Suites Eton Tower Review: A hotel oozing with a refreshing vibe and welcomes newcomers with exuberant hospitality

    I love staycations. Who doesn’t, right? Recently, along with a fellow blogger, I was invited for a one-night stay at one of the finest hotels in Makati. Although I was still a bit tired from an early morning flight to Manila, I’m glad I was able to fix my errands and made it for a late afternoon check-in at the hotel – at the Mini Suites Eton Tower.

    Welcome Kit at The Mini Suites Eton Tower Makati

    The last time I

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  • COVID-19 Updates: Stranded Tourists Welcome Extended Stay in Batanes

    The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) said at least 12 domestic tourists have returned home after staying in the Batanes islands for almost two weeks due to the travel restrictions prompted by the March 17 imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in connection with the coronavirus or COVID-19 crisis.

    Stranded Tourists Welcome Extended Stay in Batanes

    Immediately addressing the difficult situation of the visitors who were scheduled to depart the country’s northernmost islands on March 18 for Clark International Airport, the DOT Regional Office 2 (DOT-RO2) in joint efforts with the Batanes provincial government arranged their board and

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  • BayaniJUAN: Cebu Pacific provides airlift support for COVID-19 response efforts

    Manila, Philippines — Over the past several years, the need for humanitarian aid has dramatically increased on the back of major natural disasters, conflict or biohazards such as the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Aviation plays a critical role in the fast and reliable movement of humanitarian assistance such as food and medical supplies, especially when time is of the essence.

    Cebu Pacific helps out in COVID-19 response efforts by offering all-cargo flights to transport medical equipment and goods to provinces.

    Amidst travel restrictions that came with the imposition of Community Quarantine across Luzon and many other provinces

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