Department of Tourism (Philippines)

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Department of Tourism
Kagawaran ng Turismo
Department of Tourism (Philippines) (seal).png
Department overview
Formed May 11, 1973
Headquarters JB Building, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Bel-Air, Makati City
Annual budget ₱2.5 billion (2015)[1]
Department executive

The Department of Tourism (Filipino: Kagawaran ng Turismo, DOT) is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for the regulation of the Philippine tourism industry and the promotion of the Philippines as a tourist destination.


Started as a private initiative to promote the Philippines as a major travel destination, the Philippine Tourist & Travel Association was organized in 1950. In 1956, the Board of Travel and Tourist Industry was created by Philippine Congress. As stipulated in the Integrated Reorganization Plan in 1972 sanctioned as a law under Presidential Decree No. 1, as amended, the Department of Trade and Tourism was established, reorganizing the then Department of Commerce and Industry. A Philippine Tourism Commission was created under the unified Trade and Tourism Department to oversee the growth of the tourism industry as a source of economic benefit for the country. Then in 1973, President Ferdinand Marcos created a new cabinet-level Department of Tourism (DOT) by splitting the Department of Trade and Tourism into two separate departments. Included in the new Department of Tourism, the agency Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) and the Philippine Convention Bureau (PCB) were created. The Department of Tourism was then renamed Ministry of Tourism as result of the shift in the form of government as enshrined in the amendments to the 1973 Constitution.

In 1986, under Executive Order Numbers 120 and 120-A signed by President Corazon Aquino, the Department of Tourism was reorganized and, correspondingly, the Philippine Convention Bureau was renamed the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation. In 1998, the Department of Tourism assumed a prominent role in culmination of centennial celebrations of the Philippine's Independence from Spain.

In 2003, the Department of Tourism initiated one of its most successful tourism promotion project, Visit Philippines 2003, under Secretary Richard J. Gordon.

The latest improvements in the tourism industry in the country came about with the passage of Republic Act No. 9593 or the "Tourism Act of 2010."

Organization and department[edit]

  • Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)
  • Tourism Promotions Board (TPB)
  • Intramuros Administration (IA)
  • National Parks Development Committee (NPDC)
  • Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPFI)
  • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)
  • Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD)
  • Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC)

Tourism projects[edit]

  • Visit Islands Philippines 1994
  • Miss Universe Beauty Pageant 1994
  • Florikultura '98 - international horticulture exhibition
  • Expo Pilipino 1998 - Philippine Centennial International Exposition
  • 1998 Philippine Centennial Celebrations
  • World Exposition 2002 Manila (cancelled due to financial problems of the government) [1]
  • Visit Philippines 2003
  • WOW (World Of Wonders) Philippines
  • "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" slogan and campaign 2010[2]
  • It's More Fun in the Philippines!
  • Visit the Philippines Year 2015
  • Visit the Philippines Again 2016

List of the Secretaries of the Department of Tourism[edit]

Tourism slogans[edit]

  • Islands Philippines
  • WOW Philippines (2002)
  • Pilipinas Kay Ganda (Cancelled Slogan, 2010)[3][4]
  • It's More Fun in the Philippines!


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