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.… »

UK Peak: Aleosan’s natural watchtower

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/21 March) — What comes to your mind when you would hear the name of this sleepy town? For sure, you would always think of war. You… »

Region 12 targets Western Visayas as next tourism market

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 March) – Tourism stakeholders in Region 12 are looking at the Western Visayas as the next top market for the region’s tourist destinations. Nelly… »

SouthCot LGU wants tourism businesses to get accreditation from DOT

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – In a bid to attract additional visitors or tourists this year, the provincial government of South Cotabato is urging tourism facilities in… »

Tourist arrivals in R-12 up 18% in 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — Tourist arrivals in Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region increased by about 18 percent last year with a marked improvement in the region’s peace… »

Zambo island with pink sand beach draws more tourists

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – Tourist arrivals at the Greater Sta. Cruz Island almost doubled last year compared to the number of visitors in 2012, the City Tourism Office reported.… »

SouthCot allots P5M for Lake Holon tourism development

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P5 million for the construction of various tourism facilities at the famed… »

Discovering Pisan’s hidden wonders

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/28 January) – It was almost 14 years ago yet when I started hearing about the caves in Pisan, a remote village in this town. And when… »

7 tourism road projects in the pipeline for Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Seven more tourism road projects worth around P700 million are in the pipeline for implementation by next year in parts of Region… »

DOT, Zambo City gov’t launch ‘Regatta de Esperanza’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 3 December) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched Tuesday the “Regatta de Esperanza” (Regatta of Hope) in a bid to revitalize the local tourism industry… »

SouthCot, S. Kudarat tourism stakeholders go into high gear

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Around 200 tourism stakeholders and prospective investors will gather in nearby Koronadal City on Thursday for a three-day conference that is aimed… »

SouthCot, S. Kudarat tourism stakeholders pushing for P2.45B in investments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Oct) – Tourism stakeholders in South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces are pushing for the entry of around P2.45-billion worth of “big ticket” development… »

DOT-12 to unveil enhanced tourism website soon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Oct) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 will unveil before yearend an enhanced regional tourism website as it embarks on a… »

Into the Barrel

Komang Putra Hermawan, of Bali, Indonesia, gets into the barrel of the Cloud 9 wave, giving him the point advantage to win the men’s finals of the 19th Siargao International… »

Stakeholders to discuss Mindanao tourism in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – Tourism stakeholders in Mindanao will gather here next week to discuss various challenges affecting the industry as well as fresh strategies in… »

Region 12’s tourism industry not affected by Zambo standoff

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – It’s “business as usual” for the tourism industry in Region 12 despite the travel restrictions imposed by several countries to parts of… »

Sarangani to set up first tourism enterprise zone

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sept) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is pushing for the development of a portion of the coastal municipality of Glan… »

SouthCot pushes Lake Sebu to be among top emerging tourism sites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) – Tourism stakeholders in South Cotabato are aggressively campaigning for the selection of the famed resort town of Lake Sebu as one of… »

SouthCot pushes for dev’t of new tourist sites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — South Cotabato officials are pushing for the development of various new and emerging tourist attractions as it moves for the establishment of the area… »

More ‘tourist cops’ eyed in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — The Police Regional Office 12 is planning to train an additional 90 policemen as “tourist cops” to complement with the region’s enhanced tourism promotion… »

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