Ilocos Norte’s tourist arrivals on the rise

LAOAG CITY — More local and foreign tourists are arriving in Ilocos Norte, making the province an alternative tourist destination in light of the total closure of Boracay Island. Provincial tourism officer Aianree Raquel said Tuesday more tourists are expected to visit this northern gateway of Luzon this summer, as visitors consider alternatives to Boracay. Based … Read More

More Chinese tourists arrive in Ilocos seaport

LAOAG CITY—More than 800 passengers on board the maiden voyage of M/V Diamond Glory of the Sea arrived on Tuesday morning at the privately-owned Omnico Natural Resources Inc. (ONRI) seaport here. From Shanghai, China, the passengers are composed of 831 Chinese tourists and at least four Philippine nationals visiting Ilocos province for the first time, … Read More

DOT seeks budget for restoration of old churches

MANILA — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo bared the agency’s plan to propose a budget for the restoration and development of historical shrines and old churches all over the archipelago to boost faith-based tourism in the country. The Philippines’ diversely-rich religious culture, though predominantly Roman Catholic, provides a strong catalyst for “faith tourism,” … Read More

Week-long 2018 Bambanti festival begins

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The annual Bambanti Festival of this province has formally kicked off Monday with a Thanksgiving Mass held at the St. Michael Cathedral here. Governor Faustino G. Dy III led the faithful who attended the mass together with other provincial officials and employees, local leaders from the cities and municipalities of Isabela, … Read More

UN sees 1.8-B tourists by 2030

MANILA — Foreseeing 1.8 billion tourists travelling around the globe by 2030, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has urged the public to ensure that impacts of tourism are “positive” and “sustainable. Given that all human activity has both advantages and disadvantages, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, said it is up to the … Read More