Challenges and prospects for the Philippine hotel industry under the pandemic

Published by rudy Date posted on October 7, 2021

by Arthur M. Lopez – The Philippine Star, 7 Oct 2021 The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have posed unprecedented challenges to the hotel industry in the Philippines. Restrictions in inbound and domestic travel have weakened demand, which has resulted in a sharp drop in occupancy rates and revenue, and the displacement of tourism…

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Travel to bounce back by 2024, says survey

Published by rudy Date posted on July 15, 2021

by Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), 15 Jul 2021 MANILA, Philippines — A majority of aviation executives in Asia-Pacific see travel resuming to pre-pandemic levels after 2023.

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Tourism share in GDP lowest in over 10 years

Published by rudy Date posted on June 17, 2021

by Elijah Felice Rosales (The Philippine Star), 17 Jun 2021 MANILA, Philippines — Tourism’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) last year fell to below P1 trillion, its lowest in more than a decade, as expenditures on travel declined by double digits due to border restrictions put in place by the government.

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Tourism workers in NCR receive P240 million subsidies

Published by rudy Date posted on May 22, 2021

by Elijah Felice Rosales (The Philippine Star), 22 May 2021 MANILA, Philippines — The government has distributed more than P240 million in cash subsidies to tourism workers in Metro Manila who were displaced by the cycles of lockdowns.

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Select hotels reopen in Metro Manila

Published by rudy Date posted on May 19, 2021

by Elijah Felice Rosales (The Philippine Star), 19 May 2021 MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 6,000 rooms in 13 rated hotels across Metro Manila were reopened for leisure bookings by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to restart the accommodation industry in the region.

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PH ranks poorly in tourism sustainability, resilience indices

Published by rudy Date posted on March 15, 2021

By: Ben O. de Vera, INQPhilippine Daily Inquirer, 15 Mar 2021 The Philippines has been ranked 94th or near the tail-end among countries promoting sustainable tourism tracked by global business intelligence and market analysis provider Euromonitor International while it also lagged behind another ranking of “travel potential” in Asia-Pacific.

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Mass exit of foreign nationals to impact tourism — BI

Published by rudy Date posted on November 23, 2020

by, 23 Nov 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Mass departures of foreigners due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue until the end of the year and will have a major impact on the state of the country’s tourism, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Monday.

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Travel curbs stalling PHL recovery—NEDA

Published by rudy Date posted on November 10, 2020

By Cai Ordinario, Businessmirror, 10 Nov 2020 File photo: A young girl climbs down from their passenger jeepney at the Tandang Sora terminal, which has been home for her family during a lockdown, June 17, 2020, in Quezon City. About 35 jeepney drivers were forced to stay due to travel restrictions and have made jeepneys…

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54 countries lift inbound border restrictions on Pinoys

Published by rudy Date posted on November 3, 2020

by Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star), 3 Nov 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Fifty-four countries have lifted inbound border restrictions on Filipino travelers as of yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Pandemic slashes international tourism by 70%, says UN

Published by rudy Date posted on October 30, 2020

by Agence France-Presse, 30 Oct 2020 International tourists arrivals plunged by an annualized 70% during the first eight months of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said Tuesday.

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‘Tourism prospects bleak’

Published by rudy Date posted on October 25, 2020

by Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star), 25 Oct 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Recovery prospects for tourism and business travel remain bleak as international travel restrictions are still broadly in place amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, British banking giant HSBC said.

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Tourism industry seen to be back to normal in 2024 – TIEZA

Published by rudy Date posted on September 17, 2020

by Daphne Galvez, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 Sep 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) chief on Thursday said that “normalcy” in tourism — based on travel — could only likely happen in 2024.

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PH int’l visitors receipt up 20.81 percent

Published by rudy Date posted on March 3, 2020

By Faye Almazan, Manila Times, 3 March 2020 Receipts from international visitors climbed to $9.31 billion in 2019, or 20.81-percent higher than the 2018 figure of $7.71 billion. According to the Department of Tourism (DoT), South Korea, which remains to be the country’s top source of foreign visitors, incurred the highest tourist spending at $2.614…

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All set for PHL’s push for domestic tourism

Published by rudy Date posted on February 18, 2020

By Samuel P. Medenilla, Businessmirror, 18 Feb 2020 THE number of local tourists is expected to spike next month as the government launches its initiatives to “arrest and to cushion” the effects of the slowdown in tourist arrivals from the travel ban in some countries due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Philippines surpasses 2019 target of 8.2-M foreign tourist arrivals

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2020

by Rosette Adel ( – 17 Feb 2020 MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Tourism on Monday announced that the Philippines breached its 2019 international arrivals target of 8.2 million with 8.26 million foreign visitor arrivals recorded last year.

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‘Virus may cost 95,000 jobs in tourism sector’

Published by rudy Date posted on February 13, 2020

By BusinessMirror, 13 Feb 2020 A nurse at the Ospital ng Parañaque checks on her protective suit and basic equipment as she prepares to receive persons seeking examination for symptoms of COVID-19. The hospital is using a tent loaned by the Department of Health to Parañaque as a makeshift receiving area.

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Back from the dead’: Greek homes in Airbnb fever

Published by rudy Date posted on March 24, 2019

by John HADOULIS, Mar 24, 2019 For Dimitra Dionysopoulou, who lives in the shadow of the Acropolis, there is no mistaking the signs of the Airbnb takeover in her neighbourhood. “Renovation noise, debris disposal bins on every street, and rolling luggage,” said the 50-year-old Athenian mother.

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Want tourism boom? Job security is key, gov’t told

Published by rudy Date posted on March 7, 2019

By: Jovic Yee – Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 07, 2019 For the Philippines to attract more visitors, attention should be given not only to revive and market its top destinations but also to ensure job security in the service sector, according to an organization of tourism workers.

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DOTr project a flop?

Published by rudy Date posted on December 17, 2018

by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) – Dec 17, 2018 This time, DOTr made something happen fast. As soon as they inaugurated the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), DOTr made sure it flopped. And to think the so-called flagship project of this administration was inaugurated with pomp and splendor. President Duterte said the PITX would…

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Country lures ‘milestone’ 6.6 million tourists in 2017

Published by rudy Date posted on February 2, 2018

by JEROME ANING, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb 2, 2018 More than 6.6 million foreign tourists visited the country in 2017, an 11-percent rise from the previous year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Thursday.

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6.5 million tourist-arrivals target easy–DOT

Published by rudy Date posted on January 12, 2017

By Catherine Pillas, Businessmirror, Jan. 12, 2017 The country’s hosting of several international events, such as the 65th Miss Universe, will allow the Philippines to attract 6.5 million foreign tourists this year, an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Thursday.

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Tourism reliant on contractual, project-based workers

Published by rudy Date posted on November 2, 2016

By Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star), November 2, 2016 MANILA, Philippines – Tourism – one of the key industries in the country with strong employment generation potential – still relies heavily on contractual and project-based workers, according to an industry profile released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

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Flawed rating system

Published by rudy Date posted on December 16, 2015

Did I hear it right, our country has received a $7-million technical assistance grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a hotel rating system, only to find out later that what has been produced by our tourism officials is a flawed system?

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Tourism 7.8% of GDP in 2014

Published by rudy Date posted on July 21, 2015

THE PHILIPPINE Statistics Authority said it estimated tourism to have accounted for 7.8% of gross domestic Product (GDP) in 2014, quantifying the sector’s impact at P982.4 billion, up 14% year on year.

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Baldoz, nagalak sa pagtataas ng WEF sa antas ng turismo dulot ng pagsunod sa batas-paggawa

Published by rudy Date posted on May 25, 2015

Mula sa Department of Labor and Employment Noong nakaraang linggo, inilabas ng World Economic Forum ang Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015 nito kung saan ang Pilipinas ay nasa ika-74 sa 141 bansa sa tourism competitiveness, mataas ng 8-marka mula sa nakaraang antas na ika-82 (2013).

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Phl up in WEF’s 2015 tourism report

Published by rudy Date posted on May 11, 2015

The Philippines went up eight notches in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness 2015 report on the back of its improving price competitiveness and growing middle class. The Philippines placed 74th out of 141 countries, up from 82nd in 2011 in the WEF biannual report released in Switzerland yesterday. “The most significant…

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PH tourism sector bullish on 2015 Asean integration

Published by rudy Date posted on September 6, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines’ tourism sector is catching up with its neighbors and is more optimistic on its prospects with the Asean integration moving into full swing by 2015, tourism officials on Friday.

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PHL hotels, resorts among the ‘greenest’ in Asean

Published by rudy Date posted on January 27, 2014

FIVE Philippine hotels and resorts were recognized as “Asean Green Hotels” at the just-concluded Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) in the City of Kuching, Sarawak state, Malaysia.

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‘Philippine festivals’

Published by rudy Date posted on January 27, 2014

Victory Liner offers access to northern festivals and tourist attractions MANILA, Philippines – Travelers limited to weekend getaways and short vacations can experience exotic fun with less than 24 hours on hand by going north of Manila. Colorful and quirky celebrations that don’t require long travel time include the festivals of Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Isabela,…

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PH outbound travel spending notches 2nd fastest growth in 2013

Published by rudy Date posted on January 23, 2014

MANILA – Filipinos have been identified as one of the fastest growing travel spenders among emerging markets in 2013, data from the United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO) showed.

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