To encourage tourists to travel domestically and promote safe travels, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) manufactured and allocated 15,000 sets of materials for the health and safety of domestic tourists.
In the “Safe Trip, Pinas,” a domestic tourism campaign led by the Department of Tourism, health, and safety protocol stickers, as well as posters, were provided for a total of 8,800 DOT-accredited accommodation establishments and tourism enterprises to prepare them for re-accreditation.
As local destinations started to reopen in September 2020, the DOT-TPB made efforts to help the tourism stakeholders that are greatly affected by the pandemic, comply with the new safety protocols and standards and instill confidence among tourists.
“Got our DOT accreditation certificate, thanks to the TPB for the social distancing stickers,” Ms. Emy Poonmark of EMSEA Travel Hub said as she expressed how the materials helped them prepare their establishment to welcome back clients.
Another TBP member named, Ms. Ria Eguia, gratefully acknowledged this initiative, saying “Gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa TPB sa mga pinadala nyo na stickers for social distancing and safety reminders. Super useful, nagamit na po namin, nag inspect ang DOT, maraming maraming salamat po talaga.”
Even though the distribution of materials was affected by border closures and mobility restrictions within the Philippines last year, the TPB noted that all materials had been distributed to date.
The TPB is still fulfilling its mandate to promote the country despite leisure travel being halted by the global border restrictions, with a renewed focus on positioning its tourism sites as safe and fun destinations.