Sat. Mar 6th, 2021

The Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila and Grand Hyatt Hotel became the first two hotels on the country to be given the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The WTTC Safe Travels stamp is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp. It is a specially designed stamp, which will allow travelers to recognize governments and businesses around the world that have adopted health and hygiene globally-standardized protocols.

The Philippines, in September 2020, was named as the 100th country to receive the stamp, after being assessed as having in place, health and safety guidelines (HSGs) that are aligned with the WTTC’s core requirements.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the two Philippine hotels being given the Safe Travel approval.

“Following this milestone, the DOT has taken the role of Safe Travel Ambassador, advocating the implementation of the Safe Travel protocols and the enrolment not only of tourism enterprises (TEs) but more importantly, of destinations that are compliant with said protocols. We enjoin more destinations and businesses to secure this seal of good housekeeping to better leverage our country as a safe tourism destination,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

Aside from being promoted in the websites and social media platforms of the DOT and the Tourism Promotions Board, the recipients benefit from global exposure and the vast network of WTTC member organizations as well as brand awareness with the logos distinctly posted on the WTTC website.

“While our staycation hotels are highly qualified, having already passed the DOT HSGs on top of the rigid star-rating assessment, they still need to apply. As bearers of this Stamp, they carry the responsibility to sustain implementation of DOT HSGs and ensuring that these remain aligned with those of the WTTC,” Puyat said.

She said the department would “aggressively” pursue the campaign to enlist the local destinations that have reopened.In doing so, she said that when international travel restrictions begin to relax and with a successful vaccination program restoring global travel confidence, the country would be top-of-mind among the safest destinations in the world, she said. SOVEREIGNPH

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