DOT to create committee to review PHL accommodation concerns

October 30, 2015 11:21 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Oct. 29 (PNA) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to create an industry peer review advisory committee to provide consultation work on accommodation-related concerns in the Philippines.

DOT Assistant Secretary Art Boncato Jr., in an interview with the Philippines News Agency on Thursday, said that guidelines have yet to be firmed up but the committee will further establish the department’s current accommodation grading system.

“The creation of an industry peer review advisory committee is part of the effort of institutionalizing the Star Rating System of hotels, resorts, and apartment hotels,” Boncato said.

Launched in 2012, the Star Rating system is a five-star grading system which mainly focuses on inventory, availability, condition, and quality of a specific facility or service. An establishment recognized in the DOT Star Rating system means that they comply with internationally-recognized standards.

“The committee will be consulted on matters regarding the accommodation sector moving forward,” he added.

The creation of the committee was announced after DOT Sec. Ramon Jimenez Jr. met with the Philippine Hotel Owners Association Inc (PHOAI) to discuss plans and concerns of the accommodation sector from the local tourism industry.

DOT said that the committee will be composed of retired hotel general managers and industry experts.

This committee will be consulted relative to property assessments, star-rating, and other accommodation-related concerns.

PHOAI, for its part, said it is preparing a roadmap for the hotel sector, which is expected to establish the framework for future development of the hotel industry in the country.

Both DOT and PHOAI, meanwhile, agreed to do a review and refinement of the standards, as well as conduct regular dialogues. (PNA)

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