The Department of Tourism opens the application for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp starting March 1 to all DOT-accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) and tourism destinations that are open to domestic travelers.
The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp is the world’s first safety and hygiene stamp for travelers to recognize governments and businesses that have adopted global health standardized protocols.
"With uniform travel protocols expected to stimulate domestic travel, the need for more establishments for leisure will arise. The DOT encourages all AEs not used as quarantine facilities and tourism destinations that have reopened to apply for the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp to be globally recognized as a fun and 'Safe Travels' facility and destination," said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
It is being promoted in the websites and social media platforms of DOT and in the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), aside from that recipients of the stamp can benefit from the global exposure and the vast network of WTTC member organizations as well as brand awareness with the logos distinctly posted at the WTTC website.
For interested applicants, you must be compliant with the DOT’s health and safety guidelines, follow the WTTC Safe Travels Terms and Conditions, and lastly, submit the necessary documentary requirements.
Accommodation establishments should submit a letter of intent, accomplished application form, and establishment logo while destinations include the local government unit (LGU) profile, health and safety-related issuances/ordinances, and destination logo.
Applications should be coursed through the DOT’s regional offices with email addresses available at http://www.tourism.gov.ph/regional_offices.aspx
There will be an inspection and validation of the applicant establishments and destinations by the DOT central office and regional offices.
"It should be noted that the Safe Travels stamp is based on self-assessment and is not a certification, thus, stamp holders shall ensure strict compliance with the Safe Travels Protocols Terms and Conditions at all times," Puyat clarified.