DOT launches ‘From Courtside to Paradise’ program

July 28, 2023 Robert Andaya 280 views

THE Department of Tourism (DOT), headed by Sec. Christina Frasco, is supporting the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup scheduled Aug. 25-Sept. 10.

Billed as “From Courtside to Paradise”, the DOT will launch a program to give basketball fans coming to the country an opportunity to visit 15 world-class destinations through travel packages available from Aug.1 to Sept. 30.

“We see the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 as an opportunity to, first and foremost, re-introduce the Philippines to the world on the strength of its natural assets, award-winning destinations, and cities on the rise,” said Sec. Frasco at the official launch last Tuesday.

“This is also the time for Filipinos to come together to support the Philippine team, as well as a chance for citizens of the world to remember their sense of nationhood.”

While action gets going in the world meet to be played at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, basketball fans can also visit Bacolod, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Ilocos Norte and Sur, Iloilo, La Union, Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, and Tagaytay and “get a taste of colorful and wonderful Filipino culture.”

Frasco said several travel packages to go “from courtside to paradise” are already available at with credit cards, GCash, Maya, and GrabPay as payment options.

This is very much in line with both the FIBA Local Organizing Committee and DOT’s aim of sharing the Philippines’ love for basketball and for life to the whole world.

“We see these efforts are not only for love of sport, but we also see the value of their contribution to tourism,” said DOT Undersecretary and organizing committee chair Elaine Bathan.

“This is aligned with the direction of DOT to introduce the Philippines as a sports hub and venue for many other sports and sporting events.”

Tickets to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 games are available at ticketnet. for Smart Araneta Coliseum and smtickets. com for SM Mall of Asia Arena.