With the country slowly upping its tourism campaign efforts to lure back more foreign tourists and encourage local travelers, a number of destinations are gearing up for a post-pandemic world.

In the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has been working hand-in-hand with several regional tourism bodies to jumpstart local travel. They started with drive-by tourist spots accessible from Metro Manila, and evolved to promoting travel bubbles to fly-in beach destinations like El Nido, Palawan. Hailed as one of the World’s Best, the municipality is now entering its second phase of tourism reset.

Lio Beach, one of El Nido’s top attractions, is finally welcoming back visitors coming from Manila. Equipped with an enhanced care program called “Be G.R.E.E.N and Be Clean,” the resort town is ready to hit the restart and recovery button. They take pride in providing unique experiences with safety and sustainability at the core of their operations.

Casa Kalaw, one of the very first boutique resorts in Lio, will reopen its doors to guests by doing an expanded travel bubble with AirSwift’s chartered flights from Manila on November 20 to 23. Guests will have a full-packed nature holiday as the resort offers complimentary non-motorized water sports activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding, as well as Lio Beach-based guided tours.

Another establishment which will soon welcome back guests is Phoenix Court at The Bellevue Manila in Alabang, which reopens on December 3. Phoenix Court is a fine dining Chinese restaurant, which promises its diners intimate Christmas gatherings with loved ones, with scrumptious feasts of Chinese dishes front and center.

The resto is best known for its dim sum selection, as well as Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper, Two Varieties of Chicken, Steamed Tiger Prawns with Garlic, and Yang Chow Fried Rice.

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