Accommodation establishments are encouraged to go the extra mile in making their guests feel safer by applying for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s Safe Travels Stamp.
“With uniform travel protocols expected to stimulate domestic travel, the need for more establishments for leisure will arise,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
“The DOT encourages all AEs not used as quarantine facilities and tourism destinations that have reopened to apply for the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp to be globally recognized as a fun and ‘Safe Travels’ facility and destination,”she added.
The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp is the world’s first safety and hygiene stamp for travelers to recognize governments and businesses that have adopted global health standardized protocols.
In September, the Philippines was named as the 100th country to receive the Stamp, after being assessed as having in place, health and safety guidelines (HSG) that are aligned with the WTTC’s core requirements.
The DOT has taken the role as 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.
The Tourism department said it is opening the application for the Safe Travels Stamp to DOT-accredited accommodation establishments and tourism destinations that are open to local tourists.
“It should be noted that the Safe Travels stamp is based on self-assessment and is not a certification, thus, stamp holders shall ensure strict compliance with the Safe Travels Protocols Terms and Conditions at all times,” Puyat said.
In January, the DOT issued the Stamp to two staycation hotels, particularly Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila and Grand Hyatt Manila recognizing their compliance with the DOT and WTTC Safe Travels protocols.