The Department of Tourism vows to restore travelers' confidence amid the advisory of some foreign governments to the country, while 33 more hotels secured a WTTC safe travel stamp.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) vows and ensures they'll do their part in restoring travelers' confidence in the future as they face the issued travel advisory of some foreign governments to the Philippines.
After the United States issued a statement advising its citizens against traveling to the Philippines due to the country's high level of COVID-19 cases.
The DOT responded by saying, "The DOT will continue to implement the health and safety protocols for all sectors of tourism, interfacing with international travel trade counterparts to sustain 'top-of-mind' level of awareness, and collaborating with global tourism advisory bodies and economies to ensure the smooth and safe resumption of international tourism."
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The DOT added that it respects the other government's action in protecting their citizens.
"The Department would like to stress that while the tourism industry is raring to receive international guests, the health and safety of tourists, tourism workers, and host communities of our destinations cannot be compromised," it said.
On the other hand, the agency said that the travel advisories issued by different countries are "transient" or momentarily only.
"It is our fervent hope that the situation will improve sooner than anticipated, with the rollout of the vaccination program, and that families and friends will get the opportunity to travel safely back to the beautiful islands of The Philippines," it said.
Approximately 80 percent of the countries worldwide are under the State's Department "Level 4: Do Not Travel" advisory. It said the update of the advisories reflects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's science-based health warnings and clarifies that it "does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation" in a given country.
Meanwhile, 40 hotels in the Philippines have received the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp.
Securing the Safe travels stamp indicates an increase in tourism establishments that have adopted global health standardized protocols.
The Department of Tourism awarded the stamp to 33 hotels and resorts from six regions, 16 of which are in Cebu and Bohol, nine in Palawan, three in Boracay, three in Zamboanga, one in Baguio City, and one in Davao City.
"A total number of recipients is now at 40 including the seven accommodation establishments given the Safe Travels Stamp earlier this year," the DOT said.
The WTTC created the Safe Travels Stamp to recognize governments and businesses implementing global health and safety guidelines amid the pandemic.
"In March, we received more than 100 applications coming from the different regions, which also include Mabuhay accommodation establishments and destinations. This surge of interest is reflective of their readiness to adapt to the new normal and desire to be globally recognized as a fun and 'safe travels' facility," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
Of the 33 new hotels to receive the stamp, five are star hotels, while 28 have standard accreditation.
"Now that the country's vaccination program is in full swing, we anticipate that parallel initiatives across the globe will hasten the resumption of international travel. As early as now, we need to prepare our facilities and destinations to be visitor-ready, with health and safety as key concerns," Romulo-Puyat said.
"The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp, on top of our accreditation, will hope to restore travelers' confidence in the Philippines as a "safe and fun destination," she added.
The stamp is not a requirement for hotels to operate under the new normal, Puyat clarified. Instead, it is an opportunity to get global exposure through the vast network of WTTC member organizations.
"All we are requiring is a DOT accreditation but of course I am encouraging everybody to apply for this because this is like a stamp of approval that you are not only DOT accredited but worldwide pumasa' yong standard mo (your standard passed)," she said.
Here is the list of establishments that secured the stamp.
- Aruga by Rockwell
- Grand Hyatt Manila
- Joy Nostalg Hotels & Suites Manila
- Solaire Resort
- The Peninsula Manila
- Baguio Country Club
- The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
- The Manor at Camp John Hay
- Balai Adlao (El Nido, Palawan)
- Casa Kalaw (El Nido, Palawan)
- Club Paradise (Coron, Palawan)
- El Nido Resorts – Apulit Island Resort
- El Nido Resorts – Lagen Island Resort
- El Nido Resorts – Miniloc Island Resort
- El Nido Resorts – Pangulasian Island Resort
- Hotel Covo (El Nido, Palawan)
- Huni Lio (El Nido, Palawan)
- Amarela Resort (Panglao, Bohol)
- Amun Ini Resort and Spa (Anda, Bohol)
- Bai Hotel (Mandaue City, Cebu)
- Best Western Plus The Ivywall Resort (Panglao, Bohol)
- Bohol Beach Club (Panglao, Bohol)
- Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa (Mactan)
- C Suites at 8 Newtown (Lapu-Lapu City)
- Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark (Lapu-Lapu City)
- Modala Beach Resort (Panglao, Bohol)
- Mithi Resort and Spa (Dauis, Bohol)
- Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Lapu-Lapu City)
- Tambuli Seaside Resort and Spa (Lapu-Lapu City)
- The Bellevue Resort (Panglao, Bohol)
- The Hotel Elizabeth (Cebu)
- Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino
- Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
- Grand Astoria Hotel (Zamboanga City)
- Hotel Camila 2 (Dipolog City)
- Mibang Hotel (Dipolog City)
- Seda Abreeza Hotel (Davao City)
Sources: DOT, PNA