DOT allows operation of 7,200 hotels, resorts in PH

Manila, Philippines – More than 7,200 hotels, resorts, and other accommodation establishments (AEs) have been authorized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to operate under different quarantine classifications and cater to different types of travelers, depending on their location and purpose.

Drone Aerial Panorama image of Helicopter Island in the Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan photo via Depositphotos

“Not only will a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) or a provisional CAO from DOT indicate the allowable operation of accommodation establishments, it likewise adds to guests’ confidence, knowing that these establishments have been inspected and are compliant with our protocols that follow globally-recognized health and safety standards. We are happy to see the numbers go up as more tourism destinations reopen for domestic travelers,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

The tourism chief announced that the regions with the highest number of hotels and resorts issued with CAOs and PCAOs by the DOT are Region 4-A with 1,303, Region 3 with 830, and Region 1 with 806.

Famous for having spectacular sunrise and sunset views, Boracay Island is reopened to tourists from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) areas starting October 1, following the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in its Resolution No. 74.
Famous for having spectacular sunrise and sunset views, Boracay Island is reopened to tourists from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) areas starting October 1, following the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in its Resolution No. 74.

Since the onset of quarantine restrictions in March, the DOT has been issuing CAOS and PCAOs to establishments to accommodate repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), essential workers, and foreign and domestic tourists stranded due to travel restrictions.

Meanwhile, inbound travel to the Philippines for tourism remains restricted. Puyat said the DOT shall continue its coordination with national government agencies under the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), local government units (LGUs), and stakeholders to safely reopen more destinations for domestic tourism, and steer the industry to recover.

“The DOT’s focus is to jumpstart domestic tourism first. We will continue our thorough inspection of the health and safety protocols in tourism establishments, so when non-essential travel among Filipinos and even inbound travel for leisure among foreign visitors are allowed, these will be ready,”


Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

DOT Secretary

 

The Secretary likewise encourages accommodation and other tourism-related establishments to apply for DOT accreditation which remains free-of-charge and can now be done online through an Online Accreditation System that the agency launched in September.

Visit www.philippines.travel/accreditation for the full list of AEs with DOT Certificate of Authority to Operate.

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