Davao accommodations urged to seek DOT-accreditation

September 9, 2015 5:17 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Sept 7 (PNA) — A tourism official is urging Davao accommodations to seek accreditation from the Department of Tourism (DOT) to avoid being left out by accommodations in neighboring countries.

DOT XI (DOT XI) regional director Roberto Alabado III told reporters in an interview earlier this week that at present, less than 20 percent of accommodations in the region are DOT-accredited.

Alabado said that although many accommodations in the region have a permit to operate, not all of them are DOT-accredited so they fail to meet the international accommodation standards.

“We are targeting the foreign market so we need to provide them with better accommodation,” Alabado said, stressing the importance of providing tourists with a better experience.

“Sadly, there are many (accommodations) that have not adopted the tourism code,” he added.

To recall, DOT earlier revealed that it has covered 80 percent of around 730 accredited tourism accommodations nationwide under its Star Rating System.

The Star Rating System is a five-star grading system launched by the DOT in 2012 which aligns the national accommodation standards with standards in the international level.

DOT Undersecretary Maria Victoria Jasmin stated that the agency has already finished its initial audit on accredited hotels, resorts, and similar establishments but is giving them until November to improve on certain areas.

She also noted that accommodations that fail to meet the accommodation standards might be at risk of not being allowed to open or operate. (PNA)

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