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Domestic Travel Welcome-Back: DOT, TPB launch ‘It’s More Fun with You’ ad and ‘Have a Safe Trip, Pinas’ Viber Stickers

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (www.outoftownblog.com) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines unveiled on Saturday (Oct 23) a new video designed to welcome domestic tourists back to the country’s tourism destinations.

In her opening remarks, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said that the latest ad highlights the joy of reuniting with loved ones and traveling with them to their favorite places, or visiting new spots where more memories will be made

Titled “It’s More Fun with You” the video is part of the department’s domestic tourism campaign dubbed “Have A Safe Trip, Pinas.” It was launched through a hybrid virtual format at Fort Santiago in Intramuros.

The video is aptly scored with Rivermaya’s 1997 hit single “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita” to illustrate the desire and excitement of local tourism destinations to welcome back their guests. It features a surfing dog named Tuna, who is unable to contain his excitement as he welcomes a friend back to the beach after a long absence.

TPB COO Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones welcomes the guests at the launch of “It’s More Fun with You”
TPB COO Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones welcomes the guests at the launch of “It’s More Fun with You”

It’s More Fun with You, as the main messaging of this domestic tourism welcome back campaign, encourages Filipinos to travel and explore the country again after a long hiatus due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. The said campaign also supports recovery initiatives and efforts of the tourism industry.

“Our latest ad highlights the joy of reuniting with loved ones and traveling with them to their favorite places or visiting new spots where more memories will be made. It’s more fun in the Philippines and it’ll even be more fun with you,” said DOT Secretary Berna Romulo – Puyat. Also present at the event were Atty. Guiller B. Asido, Intramuros Administration Administrator; Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, TPB Chief Operating Officer; Howard Lance A. Uyking, DOT Assistant Secretary, and various media partners.

(From left to right) DOT Assistant Secretary Howard Lance Uyking, TPB COO Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, DOT Secretary Puyat, DOT NCR Regional Director and OIC-Assistant Secretary for Tourism Development on a Concurrent Capacity Woodrow Maquiling Jr., and Intramuros Administrator Guiller Asido
(From left to right) DOT Assistant Secretary Howard Lance Uyking, TPB COO Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, DOT Secretary Puyat, DOT NCR Regional Director and OIC-Assistant Secretary for Tourism Development on a Concurrent Capacity Woodrow Maquiling Jr., and Intramuros Administrator Guiller Asido.

The DOT and TPB also launched the “Have a Safe Trip, Pinas” stickers that can be downloaded on Viber (https://bit.ly/HaveASafeTripPinas) and were created exclusively for this campaign. The first of two categories of stickers remind the public and travelers of the basic health and safety protocols. The other encourages safe and fun travel to domestic destinations. Popular Filipino food stickers are also featured as a bonus.

Secretary Puyat together with her six-year-old pug, Biggie
Secretary Puyat together with her six-year-old pug, Biggie

“With health and safety protocols in place, we can look forward to opening more tourism destinations in time for the holidays, and shift recovery into high gear,” Puyat added. She encouraged domestic tourists to discover and plan their travel and receive the latest updates and travel advisories about the Philippines by downloading the Travel Philippines mobile application through Google Play and Apple Store.

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