More than 7,200 hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments have been authorized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to accept visitors. The DOT published a full list of these establishments on the Philippines.Travel website, having granted them Certificates of Authority to Operate, or CAOs.
“Not only will a Certificate of Authority to Operate or a provisional CAO from DOT indicate the allowable operation of accommodation establishments, it likewise adds to guests’ confidence, knowing that these establishments have been inspected and are compliant with our protocols that follow globally recognized health and safety standards,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. “We are happy to see the numbers go up as more tourism destinations reopen for domestic travelers.”
Of these certified establishments, 1,303 hotels and resorts are in the Calabarzon region; 830 are in Central Luzon; and 806 in the Ilocos region.
Secretary Puyat said the DOT will continue working with national government agencies, local government units, and industry stakeholders to safely reopen more destinations for domestic tourism. “The DOT’s focus is to jumpstart domestic tourism first. We will continue our thorough inspection of the health and safety protocols in tourism establishments, so when non-essential travel among Filipinos — and even inbound travel for leisure among foreign visitors — are allowed, these will be ready,” said Sec. Puyat.
The secretary encourages accommodation and other tourism-related establishments to apply for DOT accreditation, which remains free of charge and can be done online through the Online Accreditation System that the agency launched in September.
Visit www.philippines.travel/accreditation for the full list of AEs with DOT Certificate of Authority to Operate.