Healthcare investments in tourist spots pushed

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    The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is pushing for more investments in healthcare systems in the country’s tourist spots to reboot the tourism industry and to sustain its growth over the long term.

    PCCI president Benedicto Yujuico said investments in healthcare systems in these areas must be central to tourism planning.

    “Investing in infection control facilities such as widespread availability of disinfectants, improvement of ventilation, and re-designing of spaces to allow greater social distancing are significant to reinvigorate the industry and it will benefit the constituents as well,” Yujuico added.

    PCCI tourism co-chair Jose Mari del Rosario said with the current rise of online meetings due to telecommuting, hotels and resorts have been bullish in promoting new rates to entice travelers to stay for longer periods while working.

    PCCI believes the streamlining of travel rules and regulations in tourist destinations — where travelers are no longer required to present an RT-PCR test unless specified by the local government unit (LGU) prior to travel — will boost domestic tourism which in turn could serve as catalyst for restarting the tourism sector, but also the economy as a whole.