The Department of Tourism on Wednesday said it authorized some 7,200 hotels and resorts to operate under different quarantine classifications as travel restrictions ease.
Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that of the total establishments with Certificates of Authority to Operate (CAO) or provisional CAO, 1,303 are located in Calabarzon. Central Luzon follows with 830, and the Ilocos Region comes in third with 806.
“Not only will a Certificate of Authority to Operate 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,” Romulo-Puyat said.
The Department of Tourism has granted CAOs and PCAOs since quarantines started in March so establishments can accommodate repatriated overseas Filipino workers, essential workers, and foreign and local tourists that got stranded due to travel restrictions.
Inbound travel to the Philippines remains restricted, but Romulo-Puyat said the DOT would continue to work with pertinent government agencies, local governments, and stakeholders to safely reopen more local destinations to promote domestic tourism which could stabilize the industry after a 7-month pause.
“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,” Romulo-Puyat said.
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Hotels, resorts, and other tourism-related establishments were urged to apply for DOT accreditation, which is free and can be done online via online accreditation system. Guidelines can be found on the Department of Tourism website.
A full list of accommodation establishments, resorts, and hotels with CAOs and PCAOs is also available on the Department of Tourism website.