THE Philippine Tourism Department (PDOT) stated that the readiness to welcome Indonesian tourist visits since the Philippines has re-opened the State border for international travelers since February 10, 2022, which was followed by the release of the COVID-19 pre-appointment test requirements for passengers who had received complete vaccination as of 30 May 2022.

According to Buena Carla F. Zaldivia, PDOT Route Development Head and Market Development Head for Indonesia during the Astindo Hybrid Travel Fair 2022 event recently at PIK Avenue Mall, North Jakarta said that since the opening of the State border until 7 August 2022 Department of Tourism recorded 1.1 million arrivals foreign tourists.

“To maintain this momentum, for the first time since Pandemic, PDOT Indonesia, who was back at the Astindo Hybrid Travel Fair 2022 exhibition and became a preferred nature destination is accompanied by various reasons why the Philippines is an interesting destination to be visited again,” said Carla.

She explained, the Philippines is home to the world’s famous natural wonders such as underground rivers and green rice fields, extraordinary diving places that are rich in diversity, colorful public transportation in the Philippines, and a variety of unique culinary specialties.

“In addition to the beautiful places in the Philippines, the warmth and friendliness of the Filipinos is a reason for visiting this country. In fact, the Philippines often ranks as the friendliest country in Asia. When your plane landed here, you will be greeted with a sincere and warm smile from local residents or known as Pinoys,” Carla remarked.

Meanwhile Maria Vianney Oselaga, Marketing Manager for PDOT representatives in Indonesia said we invite Indonesian tourists to come to our booth at Astindo to get complete information about tourism in the Philippines. Booth visitors can directly ask to PDOT representatives from Manila and of course participate in various exciting activities with interesting prizes.

“For, tour packages to the Philippines can be purchased online at as well as at the offline travel agent booth,” she concluded. []