DOT releases partial list of compliant hotels and resorts in Boracay
Marje Pelayo • September 4, 2018 • 22572
Drone shot of Boracay Island
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – While rehabilitation efforts of the government as well as accreditation of establishments in Boracay are still on-going, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has released a partial list of compliant hotels and resorts on the island.
Twenty-five hotels and resorts are included in the first list of compliant establishments in Boracay island that have complied with the requirements asked by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and DOT.
Based on the list released through DOT’s official Facebook page, a total of 2,063 rooms will be able to receive reservations for the re-opening of the island on October 26.
According to Attorney Helen Catalbas, DOT-6 regional director, the department plans to release updated lists of compliant establishments on a weekly basis.
“We have four teams assigned in Boracay to conduct inspection of the standards according to DOT accreditations of the establishments there. Even if you are DENR compliant, you are DILG compliant, you still have to hurdle the standard requirements of the Department of Tourism to get accredited,” said Catalbas.
Meanwhile, the tourism department also advised tourists planning to visit Boracay Island to avoid making reservations perchance or walk-ins. “We discourage doing ‘chance’ (reservation) in that the moment they arrive in the island, that’s when they will book (for an accommodation). Because perhaps when they arrive on the island and their hotel and resort are not compliant, they could no longer get an accommodation,” Catalbas explained.
Rather than leaving it perchance, the Tourism Department said it would be better to make sure that the establishment they’re planning to stay in while in Boracay is compliant to the requirements of the concerned agencies to avoid inconvenience.
The DOT is targeting 5,000 foreign and local tourists for the re-opening of the island on October 26. – UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Tourism industry stakeholders agreed to help boost domestic travel by offering discounted airfare and hotel rates following a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Malacañang said.
Duterte called for the meeting to discuss plans to counter the negative effects of the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to promote the country’s tourism sector to local tourists.
The move comes after the Philippine government imposed a temporary entry ban on foreign nationals who travelled to virus-hit areas in China and its special administrative regions, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan, in the past 14 days in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.
Chinese and Taiwanese nationals, as well as South Koreans, are among the country’s top visitors.
Malacañang said that during the meeting, the president revealed that some of the country’s major airlines and hotels agreed to offer lower rates to make a viable market for local tourists.
“The President wants Filipinos to visit the country’s local tourist destinations to boost the industry in the midst of the coronavirus scare,” the Palace said in a press statement.
Duterte also said that local tourism industry has a lot to offer as he highlighted the country’s “good public health and law and order situation.”
“Local tourist spots are also readily accessible,” the Palace added.
The chief executive also expressed optimism that like other epidemics, the COVID-19 will eventually be contained, Malacañang said.
Among those who attended the meeting held in Pasay City were Philippine Hotel Owners Association President Arthur Lopez, AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricardo Isla, Philippine Airlines President Gilbert Santamaria, and Cebu Pacific Air President and CEO Lance Gokongwei.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato, Tourism Assistant Secretary Howard Lance Uyking and Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go were also present.
In a press conference after the meeting, Romulo-Puyat revealed that Duterte will also help promote domestic travel by visiting top tourist destinations beginning next week.
She said the president may visit Boracay, Cebu and Bohol in a bid to prove that domestic travel remains safe amid novel coronavirus threat.
Romulo-Puyat also said that the tourism sector would intensify its promotions and roll out more value-added packages, discounted accommodation and airfare for local tourists in the coming days.
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – Garbage is everywhere in Boracay Island after days of heavy rains and winds brought about by Typhoon Ursula.
A source sent UNTV images showing piles of garbage along the sidewalks believed to be from households and commercial establishments within the island.
The source said that piles of trash have been there for more than eight days already and that no help from the local government has come to transfer the garbage even domestic wastes out of the island.
Power lines are still cut except for the main roads which causes heavier burden to residents because the price of fuel particularly diesel has soared to P57/L – P67/L.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) explained that the typhoon not only affected the garbage collectors but it also damaged their equipment.
“Ang tunay pong sitwasyon ay biktima po ang mga kasama natin diyan na maglilinis nung Boracay, (The real situation there is, even our men who are supposed to collect and clear the garbage were also victims or affected by the typhoon,)” noted Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.
What’s worse, the official said, is that residents lack discipline.
They keep on piling garbage even right after the previous batch has been collected.
The Department, nevertheless, promised to send additional personnel and dump trucks to collect the garbage and clear the island.
Antiporda also confirmed allowing exemptions to permit the delivery of petroleum products into the island. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
The Philippines was recognized as the 2019 World’s Leading Dive destination in the recent World Travel Awards (WTA).
The Department of Tourism has announced that the Philippines bested eight other global dive destinations also nominated under the same category which includes Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this recognition is a validation that the Philippines is truly a premier dive destination.
“Dubbed by marine experts and scientists as the heart of marine biodiversity in the world, our country is home to the highest concentration of coral reef life and astounding variety of marine species,” he said in a statement.—AAC
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