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DOT's "More Fun Awaits" Campaign Highlights Local Destinations That Are Likely To Thrive in the New Normal

It also showcases the preparations the DOT has been carrying out as tourism continues to be put on hold.
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The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched the "More Fun Awaits" campaign to strengthen the positioning of the Philippines as a top-of-mind tourist destination in the global market once international leisure travel to the country resumes.

"More Fun Awaits" showcases the preparations the DOT has been carrying out as tourism continues to be put on hold because of the pandemic. The campaign is focused on putting the spotlight on must-see local destinations, starting with those that have been ready to welcome local tourists and have minimum health and safety protocols in place.

It also includes the new tourism products and circuits that have been developed by the DOT, in coordination with private sector tourism stakeholders and various local government units, based on travelers' preferences in the new normal.

The famous white sand beaches of Puka Beach in Boracay. Photo courtesy of Erwin Lim for the Department of Tourism


Aside from the sun and beach tourist destinations that the country is known for, the campaign wants to feature new and enhanced bike tours, dive circuits, farm and food tourism circuits, hiking and trekking, and outdoor museums through historical and cultural tours, among others. These cater to tourists’ new normal preference for outdoor activities and well-ventilated areas.

The campaign is supported by www.morefunawaits.com, a newly launched website that contains videos of breathtaking sceneries around the country, travel articles, and infographics to entice tourists to consider the Philippines as their next travel destination in Asia, once travel restrictions have been lifted.

"The campaign will sustain the presence of the Philippines as a tourist destination amidst the pandemic, while getting foreign travelers excited for what’s in-store for them once borders for tourism reopen,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat pointed out.

View from the peak of the well-known Mt. Apo in Davao. Photo courtesy of Aya Lowe for the Department of Tourism


It will also feature a crowd-sourced campaign that invites Filipinos to become tour guides of their hometown, either by posting their own virtual tours on social media, or by sharing their own photos on their recommended destination, activity, or dishes. Posts must include the hashtag #MoreFunAwaits and those selected will be shared in the social media pages of DOT.

At the heart of the campaign are stories about tourism workers and advocates who have contributed to the recovery of the industry, which can be found in the More Fun Awaits website and the DOT’s social media platforms. These emphasize the need to remind both local and foreign tourists that tourism is not just the act of travel, but also about livelihood and supporting the lives affected by the pandemic.

“Travel is more than just a personal experience. The heart of tourism are the workers and the communities who make the experience possible,” Puyat added.

Left to right: Marites Jala has been working at the CS Village Floating Restaurant in Bohol for more than 20 years; Jornel Liporda, the caretaker of Alalum Falls in Bukidnon. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism


WTTC Global Summit
The Tourism Secretary also shared that by communicating that the country has been preparing to welcome international visitors, "More Fun Awaits" will help boost anticipation of the Philippines’ hosting of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit.

Through the campaign, the DOT can already share its ongoing efforts on current global concerns on health and safety, environmental sustainability, and local community engagement in tourist destinations—issues that are likely to be at the core of discussions in the Global Summit.

Safety as the main priority
“Through the "More Fun Awaits" campaign, we want to communicate that the Philippines prioritizes the safety and well-being of visitors, as many of our tourism establishments are compliant with global safety standards, and a large percentage of our tourism workers are already vaccinated,” Puyat explained.

As of September 14, the Department has issued the WTTC Safe Travel Stamp to three local tourism destinations (Baguio City, Boracay Island, Ilocos Norte) and 200 DOT-accredited accommodation establishments nationwide. The WTTC Safe Travel Stamp is the world’s first safety and hygiene stamp for travelers to recognize governments and businesses that have adopted global health standardized protocols.

Meanwhile, the inoculation of tourism workers is ongoing in different parts of the country, especially in major tourism areas, including the National Capital Region where 99% of tourism workers in DOT-accredited hotels and accommodation establishments, as well as 94% of tourism workers in accredited restaurants have had their anti-COVID jabs. Nationwide, 51% of tourism workers have already been vaccinated.

DOT Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat awards a WTTC Safe Travel Stamp to the Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism


“We are optimistic that the 'More Fun Awaits' campaign, and all our efforts since the pandemic started, will be sustained as the tourism industry recovers under safe conditions,” Puyat concluded.

For more updates about the "More Fun Awaits" campaign and the latest information and travel advisories about the Philippines, visit www.morefunawaits.com.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM.
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