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PHIL RECORDS ROBUST TOURISM GROWTH WITH 4.1M INT’L ARRIVALS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2019

MANILA — For the first half of 2019, a total of 4,133,050 international tourists visited the Philippines, marking an 11.43 percent increase from last year’s figures, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT). “We have already reached the 4 million mark within the first 6 months of the year. Seven years ago, it took the entire...

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Charter flights, stricter Boracay air travel rules hailed

MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday welcomed the move of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to lift its moratorium on flights to Boracay and its issuance of new and stricter guidelines on the conduct of commercial air transportation serving the resort island. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this development could further spur the...

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P25-B action plan underway to sustain Boracay gains

MANILA— Malacanang’s approval of the PHP25-billion Boracay Action Plan (BAP) signifies the Duterte administration’s commitment to sustain the gains from the island’s initial six-month closure, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Tuesday. “The Department of Tourism wholeheartedly welcomes President Duterte’s approval of the PHP25 billion Boracay Action Plan to complete the island’s rehabilitation and continue...