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(Emailcast by the Department of Tourism - Region III)

The Department of Tourism – Region III, in partnership with Global-Link Events Intl., invites you to be part of the most anticipated travel and leisure show series in the country, the INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO SERIES (I.T.E.) 2014. ITE will be held in three different locations, namely:

CEBU INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO (C.I.T.E.) on July 24-26 at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Lahug;

DAVAO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO (D.I.T.E.) on September 4-6 at SMX Davao Convention Center; and

MANILA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO (M.I.T.E) on September 25-27 at SMX Convention Center, Manila.

The series has a combined track record of 255 exhibitor companies from Cebu and Davao and a projection of 130 participating exhibitors from Manila, these shows will be attended by thousands of trade buyers from different provinces and countries.

Tatak TESDA Video Making Contest

Extended up to March 31, 2014
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The Alliance of Travel and Tour Agencies of Pampanga (ATTAP) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism – Region III is now mounting its 2nd RUN TOURISM RUN on April 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Parade Grounds, Clark, Pampanga.

This was the announcement made by Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism – Region III in a press statement issued recently.

Tiotuico said that this annual sport program is meant to highlight the importance of physical fitness in the development of travel and tourism as a strategy in attracting a growing volume of local and foreign visitors into Clark. It is one of the region’s foremost strategies for a stronger public-private sector convergence program aimed at making tourism work well for the community it is mandated to serve.

Some 1,000 runners are expected to participate in the run with a host of foreign and domestic visitors from provinces nearby Pampanga.

It's more fun in the Philippines

11 February 2014

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is launching a new set of awards for individuals who have demonstrated strong and deep commitment to the country’s tourism through excellent customer service and investment in tourism development efforts. Dubbed as DOT’S TOURISM STAR PHILIPPINES, the awards are divided into two (2) categories: (i) tourism front-liners and individuals who embody the true Filipino brand of warm hospitality, of going the extra mile in the service of tourists; and, (ii) local chief executives (LCE), a mayor or a governor, whose projects contribute positively to the tourism industry.

The individuals’ category is open to all Filipinos who have direct or indirect contact with tourists and who may belong to one of the following: (a) travel agencies and tour operators; (b) tour guides; (c) tourist transport (tour buses, taxis, kalesas, etc); (d) accommodation establishments; and (e) individual service providers that may include entrepreneurs, government employees, policemen and others who do not fall under any of the mentioned sectors. An individual nominee must exhibit Filipino quality values of hospitality; flexibility, adaptability and creativity; honesty; professionalism; and promptness.

The Philippines Says Thank YouTyphoon Haiyan is recorded as the strongest typhoon to hit the planet in recent history. Last November 8, 2013, it devastated parts of Central Philippines. The number of lives lost and affected is unprecedented.

But ever since then, the world has been one with the Philippines in helping rebuild the nation – from sending relief goods, doing medical missions, all the way to pledging funds for the reconstruction of infrastructure.

This February 8, 2014, exactly three months after the typhoon, we want to be one in expressing our gratitude.

The Philippines says THANK YOU!

News on Batangas and Puerto Princesa!

15 January 2014


The province of Batangas, a few hours by land from Metro Manila, presents an eyeful of discoveries for the traveller.

One can explore Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world surrounded by the mysterious depths of Taal Lake; swim and dive into Verde Island Passage and Anilao’s very own underwater Eden; marvel at Laiya Aplaya, San Juan town’s famous stretch of white sand beach; visit the many centuries-old churches, each one architecturally awe-inspiring and imbibe a bit of the rich history and cultural heritage at the Taal Heritage Village where well-preserved ancestral houses, shrines and museums display the memorabilia of many heroic sons and daughters of Batangas.



Date: February 19-21, 2014
Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Venue: Canadian Tourism & Hospitality Institute, 2nd Floor Paragon Plaza, EDSA cor. Reliance St. Mandaluyong City

Inclusions: Canadian Certificate with Department of Tourism (DOT) logo, training manual, lunch, AM&PM snacks, free-flowing coffee


Monthly Philippine Fiestas with a Twist

ABOUT MABUHAY FESTIVALS: Starting January 2014, Mabuhay Restop will host a monthly Regional Festival in Rizal Park called “Mabuhay Festival,” a “fiesta” celebration highlighting a Philippine region.


1. Music & Dance – a cultural show about the region
2. Visual Arts – local regional artists work on exhibit
3. Culinary – food specialties of the region offered in menu
4. Trade – best products of the region in a weekend bazaar
5. Tourism – volunteerism tour in region
6. Nation-Building – GK efforts in the region are highlighted and proceeds of one show benefit GK


Puerto Gwapo Program


The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port Management Office (PMO) of the City of Puerto Princesa conducted a Mural Painting Contest last December 13, 2013, to support the environmental advocacy of the City with the theme : Puerto Gwapo : Tugon sa Hamon ng Climate Change.

The Puerto Gwapo program is geared towards the preservation and maintenance of the quality of the City’s seawater and air and to facilitate cooperation among the national and local agencies in order to ensure environmental sustainability of port operations at the PMO.


Tourism revenues to rebuild travel destinations ravaged by Haiyan. New approach is being spearheaded by the Department of Tourism

Source: Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent, 12/7/13, Gulf News

For every peso local tourists shell out, part of it will go to rehabilitating areas destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan’s onslaught in Central Philippines.

This is the new approach being spearheaded by the department of tourism (DoT) to rebuild travel destinations ravaged by Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda).

The economies of these damaged areas rely heavily on the service sector, mainly tourism, to survive. Hence, need to revive its travel sector.


The Philippines remains a safe and fun destination for all tourists. Both domestic and international transport in the Philippines remain available and continue to be operational.

The Philippines has a great majority of touristic offerings, whether one is looking for natural wonders, historical landmarks, culture and tradition, arts and crafts, shopping, recreation and entertainment, among many others. Tourism activities continue in the country’s different regions, each with its own feature destinations and products.

The Visayas region, despite Typhoon Haiyan, plays host to several top destinations such as Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, and Bacolod, which remain open for business with their respective ports of entry still accessible to tourists. Having one of the world’s longest coastlines, the Philippines offers an array of limitless attractions found all over her more than 7,100 islands.

One of the best places to be!


When we think about parties, fun and luxury, the first places that comes into our minds are Vegas and Beverly Hills. And now the same atmosphere and ambiance is in Angeles City, Philippines. Located at the nightlife district of Angeles, you could experience and feel what is it like to party at Vegas and Beverly hills.

Tao Bar and Level 3 Angeles City offers the best of both places that are known for entertainment and nightlife euphoria. With the Las Vegas style of entertainment and great performances you won't need a plane ticket to experience what Vegas is all about.. And if you want to eat the best sushi in town and know what it feels like to party at the luxurious Beverly Hills Level 3 is your place. Located at the third floor of Tao Bar, we're serving the finest sushi from the sushi bar. Here, YOU are the VIP.

Seven new industry organizations join the Tourism Industry Board Foundation

TIBFI recently inducted seven new organizations during the foundation’s special General Membership Meeting held November 28, 2013 at the Mandarin Oriental Makati. These organizations were sworn as regular members and are now one with the industry board in its mandate to develop excellent tourism service providers in the country.

The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA), the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc (PACEOS), the Association of Administrators in Hospitality Hotel and Restaurant Management Educational Institutions (AAHRMEI), Executive Housekeepers Association of the Philippines (EHAP), the Hotel and Restaurant Chef’s Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Bartenders League (PBL) have recently formalized their commitment to facilitate tourism education and training through their membership with TIBFI. TIBFI, a tripartite body composed of representatives from the government, private, and labor sectors, is now composed of 16 member organizations, which should further broaden the reach and scope of the board in the tourism industry.

US Immigration Relief after Yolanda

By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq.

While the Philippines is still recovering from the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda, we have seen the overwhelming support from the international community to help in the relief efforts of the country. For its part, the United States has pledged to provide humanitarian aid to the Philippines now totaling to more than $37 million. The US government has even offered some form of immigration relief to Filipino nationals who are currently in the United States and who may have been impacted by Typhoon Yolanda. The US government through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced certain immigration relief measures which might benefit those affected by the typhoon. Notable among these measures are as follows:

UP Pres. Pascual, Sen. Binay, Rep. Relampagos and DOT Sec. Jimenez  to open National Conference on Tourism Governance

University of the Philippines (UP) President Alfredo Pascual, Senate Committee on Tourism member Hon. Nancy Binay, Bohol 1st District Representative Hon. Rene Relampagos, and DOT Sec. Jimenez are set to commence the 1st National Conference on Tourism Governance on November 25-26, 2013 at SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.

With its theme Sustainability and Inclusivity in the Governance of Tourism Destinations, the conference aims to equip local government players with adequate orientation towards the dynamics, challenges, and opportunities of tourism as a major economic and governance tool in their destinations. The two-day event, which shall discuss disaster preparedness and risk management in tourism, among other topics, comes on the heels of recent natural disasters in the Visayas region.


The Department of Tourism (DOT) is one with the whole nation in expressing its deepest sympathies to the families and victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name “Haiyan”), one of the strongest typhoons that made landfall in  recorded history.

The towns that were severely affected are located in the provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar, as well as a few places in the Southern Tagalog Region (particularly  Coron in Palawan). The government remains on top of the ongoing search, rescue, retrieval, and relief operations for the victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The DOT is focused on the safety and monitoring of tourist movement in all affected areas and has no reports so far of any endangerment. The DOT’s objective is to focus on quick recovery so that tourism income is restored at the soonest possible time. Bulletin announcements will be posted via the DOT website (, while DOT overseas and regional offices are also on standby to assist potential travellers and those already in the country for travel information. Local tour companies are in constant communication with their counterparts abroad to provide updates on the situation.

Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, Philippines on Nov. 13. People have taken to the road in search of food and aid. (photo: Associated Press)

Karina Rosa Tiopes, a tourism official for the Eastern Visayas, has left her life behind in Tacloban and begun a journey – out of desperation – that has wracked her with guilt and sadness for the only home she’s ever known. The 50-year-old grandmother took shelter during Typhoon Haiyan at the home of her mother, located in a compound in San Jose, near the airport, an area she thought would be safe.

“Safety meant getting away from the sea,” she said by telephone from Sorsogon, a city on the main island of Luzon north of Tacloban and one where she has stopped to rest on her way to Manila. “We thought we were safe because the house was cement. But no one knew how bad the storm would be.”


The unprecedented level of devastation wrought by the strongest typhoon ever to hit this Planet this year has compelled the members of our local tourism community in Central Luzon to help alleviate the sad plight of our fellowmen in the Eastern and Central Visayas, PHILIPPINES thru donations in cash or in kind.

PROJECT ALAY KO, BUHAY MO! CHARITY MISSION FOR VICTIMS OF TYPHOON YOLANDA will be launched at the lobby of SM City Clark on November 13 - 22, 2013 to call on everyone to show the least act of charity by donating part of their blessings for the benefit of affected people in that part of the island, particularly Leyte and Samar.

DOT R3 Seeks Donations for PH Typhoon Evacuees!Philippines Department of Tourism - Region 3 is now accepting donations for thousands of evacuees displaced by Tropical Storm 'MARING'. Donations can come in form of canned goods, sacks of rice, bottled water, packs of noodles / coffee, children's clothing, mats, soap, blankets, towels, among other useful items. Send your donations to DOT Angeles Satellite Office, Marlim Mansions Hotel, Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City, Tel. No. (63 45) 625-8525 Mobile: (+63) (0) 939-904-5231 (Smart) / (+63) (0) 917-506-2221 (Globe). LET'S DO OUR SHARE!


You are invited to the “The Asia Pacific Drive Tourism Conference and Exhibition” which will be held on January 30 – February 2, 2014 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines.

This conference cum exhibition is intended to be an engaging event between the leaders of the private and public sectors on how innovations in road safety can spur growth of tourism and promote safe and pleasurable travel. This pioneering event will showcase the latest innovations in the automobile industry, road safety, mobility, motorsports, travel and tourism from both local and international exhibitors and sellers.

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