In an effort to further boost the growing tourism industry in the province and ensure quality and competitiveness, the Department of Tourism Region 5 (DOT V), in coordination with the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO), will conduct an accreditation campaign among various accommodation establishments in Catanduanes from April 18-21, 2017.
During the campaign, DOT V accreditation officer Antonette Diaz, together with personnel from PTO, will personally discuss the requirements and the benefits of being a DOT-accredited enterprise. The undertaking will also bolster the partnership between the private sector and DOT in promoting tourism growth and development.
A certification will be issued to tourism enterprises that have complied with the minimum and progressive levels of operating quality and internationally recognized standards for the operation and maintenance of their tourism facilities and services, as stipulated under Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009.
The law also mandates that primary tourism enterprises shall be required to obtain compulsory and mandatory accreditation from compulsory and mandatory accreditation from the DOT. Primary tourism enterprises are facilities and services directly related to tourism such as, but not limited to: travel and tour services; tourist transport services; accommodation establishments; hotel and tourism estate management services; meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibition organizers and facilities; sports and recreational facilities; and foreign exchange dealers.
“Being accredited is a mark of excellence for a tourism enterprise that it has complied with quality facilities and service standards set by the prime tourism agency, the Department of Tourism,” said Tourism Officer Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia.
Garcia also noted that accreditation efforts will significantly impact competitiveness of the province’s accommodation sector. She also urged tourism players for their active cooperation and continued support.
Among the benefits and incentives of accreditation are: inclusion of the company profile in DOT’s official websites where database-related information on all accredited establishments in the country is made available for the consumption of foreign and local tourists and travelers; entitlement to subsidized human resource development seminars and free posting of marketing collateral materials to domestic and international airports; various endorsements to appropriate government agencies, embassies and travel trade associations; technical assistance and access to database information on travel and tourism; automatic membership Tourism Promotions Board for its marketing and promotional programs; and issuance of identification cards to bonafide employees of accredited establishments.
Accreditation fees for the accommodation enterprises range from P300 to P2,700. At present, there are seven DOT-accredited establishments in the province: ARDCI Corporate Inn, Catanduanes Midtown Inn, Marems Pension House, Queen Maricel Inn, Rakdell Inn, Terrazas de Ponti Mansions, and Villa Tolledo Tourist Inn.