Mindanao’s first Hyperbaric Chamber facility up by October

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) – Mindanao’s first Hyperbaric Chamber facility will rise by October this year at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), a move that will strengthen… »

Duterte names 3 more Cabinet secretaries

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has finally named his secretaries for the departments of Health, Tourism and Trade and Industry. Health Secretary is Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial,… »

Davao prepares ‘Duterte tour package’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – A “Duterte tour package” is already in the works and could be released next month amid the growing popularity of the city owing to the… »

Tourism industry must ride the Duterte fame – DOT 11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Riding on the fame of incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte, a top tourism official called on cities and municipalities in the Davao Region… »

Duterte package eyed for Davao tourists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – Expecting a deluge of visitors after a landslide victory of incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 will come… »

DOT 11 to join trade mission to Malaysia, Singapore

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – A tourism official from Davao Region will join the Philippine contingent in a two-day business missions to Malaysia and Singapore next week to… »

South Cotabato seeks P422M for 7 tourism projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 May) — Tourism stakeholders in South Cotabato are seeking around P422 million in investments for the development of seven tourism projects in the province. Cesar Sulit… »

Region 12 records 3.16 million tourist arrivals in 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 March) — Tourist arrivals in Region 12 have reached nearly 3.16 million in 2015, the highest for the region in the last four years, Nelly Nita… »

DOT-12 approves release of P7.56M for tourism projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 March) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has approved the release of around P7.56 million in grants to fund the implementation of various tourism… »

Coast Guard warns of new kidnap threats

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) — The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday said they have received reports of kidnapping threats by groups in Sulu directed at Samal Island and other areas… »

First time

A foreign tourist enjoys her first carabao ride in General Luna town in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte on Friday (Jan. 15, 2016). MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Major tourism players tapped to push for Philippine Halal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) – Major tourism players will be tapped to push for the development of the Halal sector in the country in a bid to attract… »

Crater-lake in South Cotabato closed next week for rehab

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 January) — The municipal government of T‘boli in South Cotabato will close down anew the famed crater-lake Holon to visitors starting next week to pave the… »

Davao City to continue hosting national events

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) — Davao City will remain a premiere destination for the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events or Exhibitions (MICE), an official of the Department of Tourism Region… »

DOT-11 to do business mission to Singapore

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Dec) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 will set out a business mission to Singapore in the first quarter next year to further promote… »

P1.5 billion expected to be invested in Siargao Island in 2016

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 10 Dec) – With the influx of tourists in Siargao Island, the mayor here said at least P1.5-billion worth of capital will be invested… »

Security in Siargao tightened amid kidnapping jitters

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/09 December) — Security in Siargao Island has been tightened amid rumors the Abu Sayyaf was planning to abduct tourists in this popular travel destination. General… »

More tourists in Dinagat Island this year

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Island (MindaNews/08 December) — The number of tourist arrivals in Dinagat Province has increased this year compared to the previous year, an official said. Benlen Naval, head… »

Embarrassed tourism officials in CDeO call on organizers of int’l beauty pageant

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 November) – Embarrassed tourism officials have invited organizers of an international beauty contest here after one of its contestants left in a huff… »

Mindanao a potential investment destination, says BIMP-EAGA official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 October) — Mindanao has a potential of becoming an investment destination, a top official of the Brunei, Darussalam-Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Trade and… »

DavNor gov pushes for development of Samal Island as investment haven

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — Smarting from the fallout of the Sept. 21 kidnapping in Samal Island, Davao Del Norte governor Rodolfo del Rosario has pushed for development plans that… »

Occupancy rate at Samal resorts drops 2 weeks after abduction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 October) – The occupancy rate at the resorts of Samal Island has dropped by 50 percent two weeks after the kidnapping incident at the Holiday Oceanview Resort,… »

DOT-12 wants more flights for GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is pushing for the opening of more flights to and from this city to go with… »

Official says it’s too early to assess impact of abduction on Samal tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina in the Island Garden City of Samal on September 21 was an “isolated incident” and has not… »

Authorities have no clue yet on group behind Samal kidnapping

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL (MindaNews/24 Sept) — The joint military and police forces have not established the identity of the group that abducted three foreigners and a Filipina at… »

Samal abduction a setback to Mindanao’s tourism and investment momentum – MinDA

The abduction of three foreign nationals and a Filipina at a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal Monday night deals a setback to Mindanao’s tourism and investment upswing,… »

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… »

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