More hotels allowed to operate

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    More than 7,200 accommodation establishments 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.

    A Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) or a provisional CAO from DOT indicate the allowable operation of accommodation establishments.

    Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DOT secretary, said this certificate also adds to guests’ confidence and proves that the hotel has been inspected and is compliant with DOT protocols that follow globally-recognized health and safety standards.

    Puyat announced that the regions with the highest number of hotels and resorts issued with CAOs and PCAOs by the DOT are Calabarzon with 1,303, Central Luzon with 830 and Ilocos Region with 806.

    She added the DOT shall continue its coordination with national government agencies under the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), local government units as well as stakeholders to safely reopen more destinations for domestic tourism and steer the industry to recovery.

    “The DOT’s focus is to jumpstart domestic tourism first,” pointed out Puyat, as DOT continues its thorough inspection of the health and safety protocols in tourism establishments.

    Puyat 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.