Number of foreign visitors to Samal doubles in 2014

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 August) — The number of foreign visitors to Samal Island in 2014 doubled from the previous year and the Samal Tourism Office intends to keep this increase… »

RDC-12 urges DPWH to build more tourism roads

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to allocate funds for… »

MinDA wants more tourism sites developed in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Upbeat with Region 12’s tourism potentials, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is pushing for the development of more world-class tourism sites in the area.… »

Region XI tourist arrivals in 2014 increase by 25%

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 March) – Tourist arrivals in Region XI last year reached 2.290 million, increasing by 25.37 percent compared to 2013’s 1.827 million. Data from the regional… »

PH communities can earn from backpack tourism – Israeli envoy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) – Communities can earn by tapping their potential for backpack tourism, the Israeli ambassador to the Philippines said Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at an agriculture seminar… »

All set for Zambo’s 1st bird festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – All is set for the holding of the first local bird festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences… »

First local bird festival slated in Zamboanga City on Feb. 27

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) is organizing the first local bird festival in this city. Dr. Milabel Nazario, ZSCMST president,… »

Region 12’s new tourism tag: #HelloParadise

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 has adopted a new brand name for the region in a bid to enhance its continuing… »

World paragliding tilt chosen as Region 12’s tourism banner event

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has adopted the first leg of the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) slated next month in Maasim town in… »

Tourist arrivals in Region 12 hit over 2M in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) — Tourist arrivals in Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region surged to a record 2.38 million in 2014 as the local tourism industry continued to… »

Tourism in Region 11 not affected by Mamasapano clash

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) — Tourist arrivals in Region 11 have not been affected by the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, an official said. In an interview… »

South Cotabato allots P2.4M for tourism planning

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has set aside some P2.4 million for the crafting of the comprehensive tourism master plans of seven municipalities… »

200 paragliding experts from 15 countries joining Sarangani World Cup

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Around 200 top paragliding pilots and crew from 15 countries are expected to join the first leg of the 2015 Paragliding Accuracy… »

DOT-12 to do promotions in South Korea

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – In a bid to draw more foreign tourists or visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is planning to organize… »

Bukidnon aims to make local tourism industry prepared for emergencies

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 December) – Moves are underway to make the tourism industry in Bukidnon prepared for emergencies. About 450 hotel and restaurant management students of Bukidnon State University underwent… »

South Cotabato speeds up tourism infra projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 December) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the completion within the next two years of its ongoing tourism development projects in a… »

Revised Tourism Code promotes medical, agricultural tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – Specialty practices in Davao City’s tertia hospitals have the potential to be part of medical tourism packages for local and foreign tourists, Councilor Mary Joselle… »

Hagonoy Island

Boats carrying tourists line along the coast as tourists experience the clear blue waters and fine powdery white sand of Hagonoy Island, one of the six islands and islets comprising… »

GenSan requires establishments to submit tourism statistics

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – In a bid to enhance the city’s tourism development and promotion initiatives, the city government is requiring tourism establishments in the area… »

Safety, security always a concern — BIMP-EAGA tourism officials

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 October) – Safety and security are always a concern for tourism industry stakeholders, tourism officials from the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)… »

Davao-Samal bridge seen to boost tourism in Talikud Island

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – A bridge linking the Island Garden City of Samal and this city will mean more tourists coming to Talikud Island, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo… »

South Cotabato eyes new tourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P2 million for the development a new tourism cluster or circuit in the area.… »

DPWH-12 posts P33M savings in tourism road projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 12 has generated P33.46 million in savings in the implementation of various… »

DOT-12 pushes 7 tour packages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – The Department of Tourism in Region (DOT) 12 has adopted an initial seven tour packages to anchor the region’s enhanced tourism promotion… »

ATV Ride

Tourists navigate ATVs through the track in Barangay Penaplata, Samal Island on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. The ATV track is one of the tourist destinations in the island. Mindanews Photo… »

P340-M tourism road projects completed in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 12 has completed around P340 million worth of tourism road projects in various parts… »

Siargao airport to be upgraded due to growing tourist traffic

DEL CARMEN, Siargao Island (MindaNews/05 July) – The small airport in this island will be upgraded starting this month to address runway limitations, said William Hotchkiss, chief of the Civil… »

Alert on unverified terror threat unfair, says Davao tourism exec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – President Aquino’s order last week to City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to raise an alert over an unverified terror threat was disheartening and unfair and may… »

Region 12 trains more ‘tourist cops’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 July) – The Police Regional Office 12 has trained 96 more policemen in the region to become “tourist cops” as it moves to transform… »

CDO eyes imposing tougher requirements for river guide permits

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/28 June)—Those wanting to become river guides in the famous white water adventure along the Cagayan de Oro River will find it harder to get an accreditation… »

Nat’l MSME summit to promote Davao tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — The National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit here on August 20-21 will help promote the city as a tourism and venue for big… »

CDO’s whitewater rafting operators feel crunch

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — The whitewater rafting adventure industry that has made the city famous among tourists has suffered a backlash caused by bad publicity over the… »

CDO river guides to be retrained in first aid

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 June) — All river guides from the six whitewater rafting adventure outfitter agencies in the city will undergo refresher training in first aid and cardiopulmonary… »

Enchanted River temporarily closed after diver drowned

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) – The Enchanted River, the prime tourist attraction in Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur, has been closed to the public since Tuesday following the death… »

Bukidnon needs to work on its tourism industry, says biz chamber official

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) – Bukidnon, with its beautiful landscape in the mountains, has a lot more to offer to tourists other than just Dahilayan, an officer of… »

DOT pushes for tour packages in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is pushing for the development this year of more tour packages featuring the area’s top attractions… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Camiguin Dreaming

Human na man lang ang summer wa pa ko kaadto sa Camiguin Gimingaw na ko sa White Island perfect didto mag-swimming wa’y makalupig sa view didto background nimo ang volcano… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A Double Sur Treat

I was just checking out the latest postings on my Facebook wall, when I noticed an interesting article in Huffington Post about the “15 Places To Go Before They Get… »

1Q tourist arrivals in Region 12 breach half million mark

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 May) – Over 500,000 tourists came to Region 12 from January to March this year, an official said. Department of Tourism (DOT) 12 regional director Nelly Dillera… »

NorthCot registers highest tourist arrivals in Region 12

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 21) – The province of North Cotabato recorded the most number of tourist arrivals in Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) in 2013. Regional Director Nelly Dillera, of… »

Gensets eyed for 2 Surigao tourist sites hit by brownouts

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/18 April) — Power distributors in Siargao Island and Bucas Grande are planning to purchase modular generator sets to ease the power problem in these… »

Davao wants to lure more Japanese tourists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – This city is planning to put up a Davao-Japan Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Council in a bid to lure more Japanese tourists… »

Mountain Bike Challenge

Bikers pedal their way up to the UK Peak in Aleosan, North Cotabato during the mountain bike challenge on April 4.The race is among the highlights of Aleosan’s Kasadyahan Festival,… »

Iloilo, Bacolod to help promote R-12 tourist destinations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Five major travel and tour operators based in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod have signified to help promote various tourist destinations… »

DOT wants additional flights to/fro 4 Mindanao airports

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working for the opening of additional domestic and international flights to and from four major airports… »

Tourism workers off to SEA destinations in 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Tourism is planning to start the deployment by next year of tourism workers to key areas in Southeast Asia as part… »

DOT seeks TIEZA nod for Mindanao’s first tourism enterprise zone

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is targeting to get the approval of the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) within this year for the… »

Mindanao eyed as major contributor to national tourism target

ILOILO CITY  (MindaNews/23 March) — — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is seriously looking at Mindanao’s six regions as a major contributor to the country’s target to log around 10… »

CebPac plans daily flight between Iloilo, GenSan

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – Leading domestic airline Cebu Pacific is planning to open three more flights this year between this city and General Santos City as part of its… »

R-12 aims for 1.9-M tourist arrivals this year

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) — Tourism stakeholders in Region 12 are targeting to draw around 1.9 million tourists to the area this year through their enhanced promotion and marketing initiatives.… »

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