MarketingThe Department of Tourism offers prizes for eco-warriors who promote responsible ways to visit the country.

Philippines SOS: Help needed to keep the fun going

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DOT launches “Keep the Fun Going” sustainable tourism campaign with gamified challenges.
DOT launches “Keep the Fun Going” sustainable tourism campaign with gamified challenges. Photo Credit: Gettyimages/R.M. Nunes

The Philippines' Department of Tourism (DOT) wants to "Keep the Fun Going" in the country by getting travellers to become eco-warriors and post about their time and experiences. 

"Keep the Fun Going" is the second phase of the DOT's Save Our Spots (SOS) campaign, which was launched in 2019 to educate travellers about becoming responsible tourists.

“The DOT has been integrating sustainable tourism principles in its projects, programs and policies, even involving tourists to be part of these efforts. Through the SOS campaign, we aim to raise awareness about responsible travel and emphasise that every small act goes a long way to ensure that future generations will continue to benefit from and enjoy nature’s abundance,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.

In its latest version, the campaign will highlight a gamified experience featuring four eco-friendly ways to travel:

  • The “Certified Foot Soldier Challenge” that encourages travellers to walk, hike, or bike more often;

  • The “Zero-Waste Warrior”, which inspires travellers to reduce waste by avoiding single-use plastics and always bringing reusable water bottles, utensils, and shopping bags;

  • The “resTOURism Advocate Challenge” that encourages tourists to volunteer in restoration efforts of communities, such as planting activities, clean-up drives, and wildlife preservation; and,

  • The “Eco-Staycationer Challenge” that motivates tourists to book in eco-friendly accommodations, such as local homestays or ANAHAW-awardee hotels that take action to promote sustainability.

Participants who complete two challenges and post them on social media will stand a chance to win the challenge.

All entries will be drawn through an electronic raffle, and weekly winners will be announced every Saturday. Two grand winners will be chosen from all the qualified entries for a free trip for two to Palawan.

To learn more about the campaign and game guidelines, visit philippines.travel/saveourspots.

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