The Department of Tourism (DOT) unveiled its new website, philippines.travel, on Tuesday which aims to make the 7,641 islands of the Philippines more accessible to both foreign and local travelers.
‘Our new tourism website, philippines.travel, is a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs which includes information on our beautiful destinations to help you plan and book your next trip.’ said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
‘We have made the website very inclusive as we recognize the value of our private sector’s involvement and support in this.
This is one of many efforts we are doing to encourage tourist establishments to go through our accreditation process in order to provide better service to our tourists,’ emphasized Sec. Puyat.
The inclusion of an actual travel booking system on the site is in partnership with ‘Guide to the Philippines’ (www.guidetothephilippines.ph).
Aside from more than 500 best value travel products and counting, Guide to the Philippines also has an online library of in-depth destination travel guides to help travelers discover new places and experiences for their trips in the Philippines.
This partnership intends to link tourists to DOT-accredited tour operators and tourism establishments. As a long-term goal, the DOT aims to embed the booking system’s functions to its new website.
‘It’s a true collaboration of local tourism stakeholders, one that’s sure to make traveling to our country a lot easier,’ said Rabbi Vincent Ang, Guide to the Philippines’ General Manager.
For its new look, the re-designed website has three main tabs: See & Do; Where to Go; and Events & Festival, which are based on unique travel behaviors.
‘See & Do’
The tab features six tourism products of the country, such as Dive, Nature, Sun and Beach, Adventure, Food and Hospitality, and Events and Culture. These products are also highlighted in ten large image-centric carousel banners.
Clicking on each product will lead the user to tourist destinations and activities that are readily available.
‘Where to Go’
Under the tab, tourists can explore the country through a virtual map, and get basic information on the 16 regions and provinces, including routes going there, nearby places to explore, and even where to stay.
‘Events & Festival’
Here, tourists are guided with dates, locations and routes, and fundamental information about the occasion. It also informs tourists to wear culturally appropriate clothing.
The DOT also stressed that the philippines.travel website is a timeless domain name that is not dependent on any government’s tourism campaign or slogan.