The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working to restore the local tourism sector so that…
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is enticing balikbayans to rediscover the Philippines with new travel discounts.
The Philippines is encouraging balikbayans (returning Filipinos) to come home and rediscover their homeland, launching a website dedicated only to overseas Filipinos and overseas Filipino employees on Tuesday (OFWs).
The Department of Tourism’s (DOT) “Balikan ang Pilipinas” campaign includes the balikan.ph website, which is a one-stop-shop for Balikbayan-exclusive offers such as up to 50% off hotel and resort prices and worry-free, value-for-money holiday packages.
“Through the balikan.ph website, we can provide our Balikbayans and their families with fantastic travel bargains from airlines and DOT-accredited hotels, resorts, and tour operators.” This is one way to make their visit more inexpensive and enjoyable, especially after the pandemic separated them for so long,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
The balikan.ph page is an information aggregator where different travel promotions and packages are provided for returning balikbayans to use.
The website will then direct them to the merchant’s website to learn more about the deals and discounts available.
The packages were put up in collaboration with the Philippine Tour Operators Association Inc. (PHLTOA), the Philippine Hotel Owners Association Inc. (PHOA), and the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International Inc. (HSMA).
The campaign is expected to last until March 2022.
Only Filipino citizens, balikbayans, and foreign nationals with valid and existing visas from green or yellow list countries are allowed to come to the Philippines, according to the latest Bureau of Immigration travel advice, subject to health and quarantine standards.
The advice, which is in force from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, currently prohibits passengers from or who have recently visited red-list countries/jurisdictions, with the exception of Filipinos involved in government and non-government repatriation efforts.