DOT’s new digital travel magazine to lure tourists

The Department of Tourism (DOT) recently launched a new digital travel magazine – 7641 Islands of the Philippines – that welcomes back travelers to explore the country’s world-class tourist destinations. 

The magazine focuses on the tourism programs that different DOT regional offices have developed as part of the tourism recovery program. 

Among the featured programs are the Bike Trails of Bicol and Central Visayas, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental’s Green Adventure Loop, Davao’s Dive Tourism, Boracay Food Crawl, SOCCSKSARGEN’s Farm Tours, and the Interregional Cuisine and Culture of Ilocos, Central Luzon and Cordillera. 

7641 is part of DOT’s philippines.travel website, and can be viewed at www.7641islands.ph. 

It provides travel information through feature articles that include detailed itineraries, suggested activities with accompanying reminders for a safe adventure as well as interesting stories for each place. 

“In 7641, we go in-depth into the stories of a destination, a cultural tradition, a dish, a personal affiliation to a place, while also providing the basic information you need as a traveler,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. 

The digital magazine will also feature more of those destinations that are lesser known, but are equally stunning as those that are the country’s popular tourist sites. These include Marinduque’s white sand beaches, the healing island of Siquijor, the caves and paragliding sites of Nueva Vizcaya, the pink sand beaches of Zamboanga City, among others. 

“We want to promote all tourist destinations in the archipelago that have already reopened to visitors. Each month, we will highlight different places so that the public can discover the marvelous sites that our 7,641 islands can offer,” said Puyat. 

The DOT invited feature and non-fiction writers, some of whom traveled to the destinations for an immersive experience. The DOT also collaborated with regional creatives, including SinoPinas and Playground Films of Zamboanga City, to document the sites and motivate people to travel through images and videos. 

Also featured are collaborations with writers like multi-awarded poet and novelist Edgar Calabia Samar, author of Janus Silang; Palanca awardee Joyce Roque; and MJ Tumamac, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s 2019 Poet of the Year. 

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