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DOT INVITES | Visit the Philippines again in 2016

(Photo: Department of Tourism)
(Photo: Department of Tourism)

The Department of Tourism (DOT) launches Visit the Philippines Again 2016 as part of its efforts to establish the Philippines both as a tourist and business destination.

“Visit the Philippines Again 2016 is going to be the most massive retail-focused effort the Philippines has ever made. We are negotiating with tour operators and travel agents to give incentives to returning visitors to the Philippines,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. said.

Aside from special packages for visitors, the DOT, together with its Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), has partnered with the private sector and local government units in promising a bigger, greater, and more exciting line up of events and tourism product offerings that showcase the country’s competitive advantage as a destination.

Among these major events include the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016, Routes Asia 2016, Madrid Fusion Manila 2016, 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship, MTV Music Evolution 2016, and the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX).

“2016 will be a year of again. Our VPA campaign will again highlight the Philippines as a multi-level experience destination with our warm Filipino people, exciting activities, and endless new discoveries in our award-winning destinations that are worth a repeat visit,” Jimenez said.

“We are also putting together packages and rewards, so that when a tourist returns to the Philippines for a second or fifth time, he will get discounts in several establishments,” Jimenez said.

For its online kick-off, Visit the Philippines Again 2016 makes coming back easier through a social media promotion calling for the best photo fails in the country.

Everyone is invited to upload his own version of photo fails on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the official hashtag #VisitPhilippinesAgain2016.

A panel of judges will select the lucky winners based on the following criteria: fun, beauty of the Philippines captured in the shot, and creativity.

Deadline for submission of the best photo fail entries is on January 15, 2016. For more information and complete promo mechanics, interested participants can visit:,, and @TourismPHL for Twitter and Instagram accounts. (Department of Tourism press release)

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