Visiting the PH? DOT’s new app is set to make that easier
The Philippines brings a wide array of must-see destinations to the table of the tourism industry. City landmarks, nature reserves, and historical sites in every region have successfully introduced the world to Filipinos’ vivid history and contributions to their culture.
Whether it’s through tours, food staples, festivals, or sight-seeing gimmicks, there’s always a new learning experience to anticipate when traveling in the Philippines.
Thanks to the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), you can now access all these distinct features of the Philippines in just one app. The DOT launched their latest project, the Travel Philippines app, on Oct. 26. The program serves as a digital companion for exploring the country, available for download on Apple and Android devices.
Travel Philippines offers seamless navigation that helps tourists experience and enjoy the country conveniently. The app contains pick-up and drop-off points for every mode of travel, including a list of domestic and international airports for booking flights. It even connects users to a travel directory of the best establishments in the area for accommodation.
Whichever region you explore, Travel Philippines also provides location-based itineraries with the nearest attractions, food hubs, activities, events, and lodgings in the area. The app’s “What’s Near You” feature introduces users to hidden gems across the country—from museums to shopping centers and parks—that give locals and tourists a healthy balance of leisure and amusement.
Community-based tourism is also a notable feature on the app. Travelers can immerse themselves in the traditions of the Philippines’ native communities by visiting their homes. You can practice weaving and beadwork at Guno Bong Cultural Village in South Cotabato, while learning about the T’boli tribe’s cultural experiences. If you’re into sightseeing, you can go to Iloilo and do so at the Nagpana Aeta Village. Cruising through Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City is also on the list.
More than a showcase of the country’s sought-after destinations, Travel Philippines is a platform for Filipinos to tell their stories through the beliefs and practices instilled in their hometowns.
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The DOT and TPB launched Travel Philippines on Oct. 26. TPB Chief Operating Officer Marga Nograles shared that Travel Philippines is a “labor of love” that invites travelers to embrace the Philippines’ vivid history and culture across all 17 regions.