DOT explains what the ‘safe travels stamp’ is and why tourist establishments should care

Published March 2, 2021, 3:11 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has urged all accredited local accommodation establishments and tourism destinations to apply for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) “Safe Travels Stamp”.

(Tara Yap / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp is the world’s first safety and hygiene stamp for travelers. It recognizes governments and businesses that have adopted global health standardized protocols.

In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said there would be a demand for more leisure establishments following the approval of uniform travel protocols which in itself was a bid stimulate domestic travel in the Philippines.

“The DOT encourages all accommodation establishments 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,” Puyat said.

According to the DOT, recipients of the safe travels stamp will be promoted on the official websites and social media platforms of the DOT Promotions Board.

They will also benefit from the global exposure and the vast network of WTTC member organizations as well as brand awareness with the logos distinctly posted on the WTTC website.

In January this year, staycation hotels Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila and Grand Hyatt Manila received the stamp as recognition for their compliance with the DOT and WTTC Safe Travels protocols.

Interested applicants must be compliant with the DOT’s health and safety guidelines, adhere to the WTTC Safe Travels Terms and Conditions, and submit the necessary documentary requirements. 

Applications should be coursed through the DOT’s regional offices with email addresses available at www.tourism.gov.ph/regional_offices.aspx.

The tourism chief said the central office and regional offices of the DOT will conduct inspection and validation of the applicant establishments and destinations.

“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 added.

 
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