Heads Up, Travelers: This New Government Website Will Let You Book Trips Directly

The Department of Tourism has just launched a new way to explore our islands.

With a focus on launching new campaigns, a slew of fresh commercials released, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's efforts in promoting the country's natural and manmade wonders, the  Department of Tourism has had a record-breaking year, with the numbers to back it up: just check out the data prepared on the agency's official website that shows an increase in foreign visitors.

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While we're down to the last few months of 2019, the Department of Tourism is ending the year strong with the launch of a new website called www.philippines.travel. Recently launched at HUB: Make Lab in Escolta, it aims to be a one-stop platform for the many travelers looking to explore the country. 

Right now, the website is on its beta-testing phase. Once finalized, one of its unique features is that it will give visitors the opportunity to directly book a tour or an experience via an extensive library of accredited tour operators and establishments. This feature is in partnership with Guide to the Philippines, a travel-booking platform that not only offers hundreds of popular packages in renowned tourist spots, but also excursions and experiences in lesser-known destinations.

The easy-to-navigate format features three main sections: See and Do, Where to Go, and Events and Festivals. While the last two sections are self-explanatory, the See and Do tab is categorized into six sub-sections, depending on the visitor's interests: Dive, Nature, Sun and Beach, Adventure, Food and Hospitality, and Events and Culture.


"We have made the website very inclusive as we recognize the value of our private sector's involvement and support in this," said Romulo-Puyat. "This is one of the many efforts we are doing to encourage tourist establishments to go through our accreditation process in order to provide better service to our tourists," she adds, and with more than 7,000 islands to explore, the department definitely has their hands full. 

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