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The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Inc. is an organization of tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism. Founded on 12 June 1986, non-stock and non-profit organization. The membership includes travel agencies, hotels, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and association.



Our Goal

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  • Encourage and foster nationwide extensions;
  • To pursue an active role in product development (emerging Destinations);
  • To strive for international recognition and affiliations;
  • Upgrade industry knowledge through education /workshop;
  • Conduct national information campaign on relevant issues;
  • Develop active members though participation and Involvement in team-building activities;
  • Develop and update database;
  • To revise and amend the By-Laws to conform to the needs of the times.
  • Encourage sales mission;
  • To address needs and concerns of members in a timely manner;
  • Endeavour for financial sustainability
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3rd General Membership Meeting

Philtoa Board of Trustees attending the launching of the Philippine Tourism Awards.

Philtoa’s 1st General Membership Meeting





PBBM raises prize money for Tourism Champions Challenge winners

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), approved the grant of an additional P5 million for each winner of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Tourism Champions Challenge.

“We are doing this because it is a very, very good policy to invest in success. So, make the most of it. Make the Philippines proud. Make the Filipinos proud,” the President said during the Tourism Champions Challenge Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Monday.

“Each winner deserves this additional reward towards building infinite capabilities to make everything better,” Marcos said. “It is also a reaffirmation of my belief that local governments are our indispensable and active partners in national development,” he further stated.

President Marcos assured the sector of the national government’s continued support, as he vowed to build more infrastructure, implement tourism-friendly policies, and arouse interest from global audience.

The Tourism Champions Challenge is a step in the right direction, an activity that elicits creativity that could magnify the magnetism of Philippine tourism industry, he noted.

At the same time, President Marcos told industry players and other stakeholders to highlight, not only the country’s beauty and physical wonderment, but also the warmth, affection, and love “that Filipinos always bring to their relationship.”

“We show the world that we have long been ready to love them back,” he said.

Marcos commended Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, the DOT, and TIEZA for their exemplary work in carrying out the program.

Last year, the Philippines welcomed 5.5 million inbound tourists, a 100 percent jump from the 2022 record. Registering more than 1.2 million tourist arrivals in the first two months of 2024, the DOT has expressed optimism in sustaining the gains it made. The agency targets to welcome 7.7 million inbound tourists this year. PND

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HK Express to mount Clark flights

Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier HK Express is expanding its network in the Philippines with the launch of a new direct service to Clark International Airport.

The route marks the airline’s second destination in the country, following its existing route to Manila.

Announced on the airline’s official Facebook page, the new service will commence on June 6, 2024, offering four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

The route will be operated using HK Express’ Airbus A320 family fleet.

The low-cost airline is offering introductory one-way fares to Hong Kong for as low as PHP 1,100* (HKD 168), for bookings made until April 19, 2024.

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DOT awards winners of Tourism Champions Challenge

Three local government units (LGUs) will each receive P25 million in funding to support their winning proposed projects as part of a challenge initiated by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

In a ceremony held in Pasay City on Monday, DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco announced the 15 winners of the Tourism Champions Challenge (TCC) are:

First Place:

Local Paragliding Airport Terminal (Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya)
Volcanic Plug (Tubigon, Bohol)
Lampinigan Jetty Port and Leisure Development Project (Isabela City, Basilan)
Second Place:

Mangrove Forest Park Development Project (Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro)
Badian Toong Spring Nature Park (Badian, Cebu)
Cultural Peace Hub (Davao City)
Third Place:
Community-based Project in Sikali Island (Bolinao, Pangasinan)
Ridge-to-reef Eco-experience Project (Silago, Southern Leyte)
Mangrove Boardwalk Gallery (Samal, Davao del Norte)

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Manila, Philippines—The Philippines continues to be recognized as one of Asia’s best country destinations for tourism as it competes for at least seven accolades at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2024.

This year, the country is nominated as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, Asia’s Leading Dive Destination, and Asia’s Leading Island Destination. The historic Walled City of Intramuros is nominated again as Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction, while Boracay is nominated as Asia’s Leading Luxury Island Destination, and Cebu as Asia’s Leading Wedding Destination.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is nominated again as Asia’s Leading Tourist Board.

“These nominations underscore the dedicated efforts of the Department of Tourism since the inception of the Marcos Administration. We express gratitude to WTA for providing The Philippines a platform to continuously showcase our diverse tourism offerings not only within Asia but on the global stage, but most importantly, we express our thanks to our tourism stakeholders who continue to safeguard the myriad of tourism gems in the Philippines for all the world to love and enjoy,” stated Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

“While winning these accolades adds prestige to our endeavors, they also translate into livelihood opportunities for millions of Filipinos whose well-being depends on tourism. We aim to maintain and surpass the strides we’ve made since taking office, ensuring sustained growth in the country’s tourism sector,” she emphasized.

Secretary Frasco noted that 2023 has been a banner year for The Philippines with the country clinching the World’s Leading Dive Destination for the fifth year since 2019. Last year, the Philippine capital, Manila, earned the accolade as the World’s Leading City Destination.

A Global Tourism Resilience award was also bagged by the country last year, a significant award about the “global leadership, pioneering vision, and innovation to overcome critical challenges and adversity,” and by other four countries who became recipients of the inaugural award from the WTA. It said that the awardees will serve as benchmarks for best practices in tourism resilience.

The Philippines was also named the Destination of the Year by online travel platform TripZilla as well as Asia’s Best Cruise Destination by the WTA.

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Jetstar to revive direct flights between Singapore and Clark in June

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia said Thursday it will revive direct flights between Singapore and Clark starting June 16 this year.

Jetstar Asia chief executive John Simeone said the move reinforced Jetstar Asia’s commitment to expanding their Southeast Asian network and providing enhanced connectivity and a wide range of travel options for its customers.

“Our services to Clark are backed by popular demand, not only for holiday makers but those wanting to visit family and friends,” Simeone said.

“We’re excited to add this popular destination, responding to demand, providing our customers with more incredible low-cost travel options and supporting the travel and tourism industries in these two critical markets,” he said.

Jetstar Asia will offer four weekly return services between Singapore and Clark in June, increasing to five weekly services starting Oct. 18, 2024.

The route will use Jetstar Asia’s growing fleet of Airbus A320s and supported by its significant recruitment drive aimed at meeting the growing demand for travel within the region.

Noel Manankil, president and chief executive of Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD), manager and operator of Clark International Airport, said that they are delighted to welcome Jetstar flights back at Clark International Airport (CRK).

“Clark Airport has always been a home to Jetstar and we are happy to serve their passengers again. This partnership provides passengers the opportunity to experience a seamless and memorable airport journey,” Manankil said.

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Mabuhay! SEA Welcomes Announcement of Nonstop Service to Manila on Philippine Airlines

The Port of Seattle welcomes Philippine Airlines’ announcement of upcoming nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila, Philippines. Starting in October, SEA passengers will have three flight options per week to travel directly to the archipelagic nation.

“Washington state is home to the country’s fourth-largest Filipino population. For over 100 years, Filipinos have contributed to the region’s arts, business, and political leadership,” said Port of Seattle Commission Vice President Toshiko Hasegawa. “Nonstop service to Manila has long been one of our most frequently requested routes, and we’re thrilled that this new flight will not only serve the Puget Sound’s Filipino community but anyone who is interested in exploring the rich history, beauty, and hospitality of the Philippines.”

Manila is this region’s largest unserved international market, and the nonstop flight on Philippine Airlines — also known as PAL — will serve the tens of thousands of travelers who journey to the Philippines each year, whether it’s to visit friends and relatives or to explore the country’s growing tourism scene.

“We’ve been looking forward to this announcement for some time and are excited to welcome Philippine Airlines to our region,” said Lance Lyttle, Managing Director of the Port’s Aviation Division. “This new direct route will offer valuable economic impact to our region and open up opportunities for outbound travelers visiting the Philippines and beyond, including Seattle’s Sister City, Cebu, Philippines. It will also serve as an important connector between our two communities for business and leisure travel.”

“Philippine Airlines is happy to say, ‘Mabuhay, Seattle!’ We are proud to welcome Seattle to our growing U.S. route network,” said PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Captain Stanley K. Ng. “Our Manila – Seattle – Manila flights give us a valuable opportunity to promote our beautiful island country as a flourishing tourist and business destination for American travelers. We also look forward to serving Filipinos who hope to reunite with family members or experience new travel adventures in the vibrant U.S. Pacific Northwest.”

SEA is PAL’s eighth North American destination. Passengers traveling to MNL on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft can also connect to PAL’s regional network, including cities like Cebu, Davao, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. For more information, read PAL’s latest announcement.

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