2 PH staycation hotels receive safe travel stamps

Published January 26, 2021, 11:08 AM

by Hanah Tabios

Two staycation hotels in Metro Manila became the first two recipients of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) officially welcomed on Monday Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila and Grand Hyatt Hotel as the first two recipients of the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp, specially designed to allow travelers to recognize governments and businesses around the world that have adopted health and hygiene globally-standardized protocols and experience ‘Safe Travels’.

Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila / MANILA BULLETIN

In September last year, 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.

“Following this milestone, 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. We enjoin more destinations and businesses to secure this seal of good housekeeping to better leverage our country as a safe tourism destination,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

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

“As bearers of this Stamp, they carry the responsibility to sustain implementation of DOT HSGs and ensure that these remain aligned with those of the WTTC,” the tourism chief stressed.

Though staycation hotels have passed the DOT HSGs on top of the rigid star-rating assessment, Puyat said they still need to apply to get the stamp.

She said the DOT will aggressively pursue its campaign to enlist the local destinations that have reopened.

“When international travel restrictions begin to relax and with a successful vaccination program restoring global travel confidence, our country would be top- of-mind among the safest destinations in the world,” she said.