Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOA) expects high occupancy in hotels and resorts as people travel during the Holy Week.
"I have been receiving feedback from our members that bookings are rising, which is very encouraging," PHOA president Arthur Lopez said, based on the report of PhilStar.
PHOA is one of the largest private groups of hotel owners, investors, and developers in the Philippine tourism industry, with 300 active members.
PHOA executive director Benito Bengzon told Philstar.com that
the group closely monitors the Holy Week bookings even if they don't have readily available figures on the pre-pandemic Holy Week occupancy. They are optimistic that this could jumpstart the recovery of the pandemic-stricken accommodation sector.
The hotel group said Filipinos took advantage of the Holy Week holidays with the relaxed inter-zonal travel requirements, spurring the demand for city hotels and resorts.
"The high demand is a welcome development for the accommodation sector, which has been severely impacted by the pandemic in the last two years. The return to pre- pandemic levels will take a while but at least we are seeing stronger demand across different traveler segments," Lopez said.
The hotel group exec assured that the hotel members would strictly implement health and safety protocols in their properties amid the high demand.
"We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable stay for all our guests. We will therefore ensure adherence to public health standards in the entire customer journey," Lopez stated.
Meanwhile, last month, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that tourist arrivals gradually increased. She added that the Department of Tourism looks forward to an uptick during the summer season and the Holy Week break.