Tourism chief tells âStaycation hotelsâ: Prioritize, health, safety of guests, employees
In this Oct. 14, 2020 photo, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat undergoes temperature check in a staycation hotel.
Tourism chief tells ‘Staycation hotels’: Prioritize, health, safety of guests, employees
Rosette Adel ( - October 15, 2020 - 8:28pm

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday reminded “staycation hotels” to follow the health guidelines and protocols set by the Department of Tourism as guests are anticipated to go on staycation for leisure purposes to take a break from months of quarantine.

Staycation refers to leisure activities involving a minimum of an overnight stay in an accommodation establishment that is not utilized as a mandatory COVID-19 quarantine facility. 

"While we all long for a little bit of fun with the family, it is the responsibility of hotel operators to make sure that the health and safety of their guests and employees are not compromised,” Puyat said.

As of Tuesday, at least 10 star-rated hotels have secured the DOT’s certificate of authority to operate for staycation.

These include Grand Hyatt, Makati Shangri-La, Okada, Shangri-La at the Fort, Nobu Hotel COD, Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites, EDSA Shangri-La, Solaire, Hyatt Regency COD and Nuwa COD.

There are 28 DOT star-rated hotels in Metro Manila with 16 of which five-star and 12 four-star. 

Puyat personally visited Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bonifacio Global City to check the health measures implemented in the hotel.  

Its general manager Gottfried Bogensperger assured the public that their hotel is adhering to the health protocols.

"We are moving forward. Safety is the most important part of staycation. We want to ensure that our guests are feeling absolutely safe when they come here,"  Bogensperger said.

Earlier, the DOT amended its guidelines for staycation hotels and included those in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas outside Metro Manila with at least a three-star rating from the DOT.  

“To ensure that the staycation quality standards for health and safety protocols are in place, only hotels outside of the National Capital Region (NCR) with at least a three-star rating from the DOT can accept guests for staycation while hotels in Metro Manila should at least be four-star,” Puyat said.

“Those with underlying medical conditions, or are currently pregnant will not be permitted to enter the accommodation establishment,” she added.

The DOT released the Amended Guidelines for Staycations Under GCQ or the Administrative Order 2020-006-a last month.

Under this directive, guests are required to present a negative result from a rapid antigen test conducted on the same day of check-in.

The tourism agency ordered establishments to follow contactless and cashless transactions for taking bookings and payment to promote minimal physical contact between staff and guests.

Accredited establishments are also mandated to develop staycation packages that are appropriate for the present market demands and conditions.  

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: October 20, 2020 - 4:05pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

October 20, 2020 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health reports 1,640 additional COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, pushing the national tally to 360,775.

The DOH also records 369 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 310,642. The country's death toll is now at 6,690 with 17 new deaths reported.

October 20, 2020 - 12:57pm

The cities of Pasay and Taguig announce that they have formally issued measures cutting curfew hours to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

October 19, 2020 - 9:14pm

Christmas parties will not be allowed this year as the Philippines continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

"Bawal po ang Christmas party, 'di po papayagan ang Christmas party hanggang ganito ang ating sitwasyon," Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

October 19, 2020 - 5:39pm

The Zamboanga City government is considering reverting its Sunday lockdown here and increasing the number of curfew hours as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to surge.

The Department of Health-9 (DOH) reported the city remained as the COVID-19 epicenter in the Zamboanga peninsula region, as its active cases are nearing the 1,000 mark among the cities and provinces.

The DOH-9 reported Zamboanga City has already recorded a total of 2,430 cases of which 916 are active cases, with 1,408 recoveries and 104 total number of deaths as of October 18 data from the Regional Surveillance Unit. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

October 18, 2020 - 4:25pm

Ilocos Sur will be open to Luzon residents starting November 15 following the growing interest from tourists from the National Capital Region.

The Department of Tourism welcomed the announcement Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson to open the province to tourists, as this would also give back jobs to the tourism workforce.

Among the famous tourist destinations in the province are the Vigan Heritage Village and Calle Crisologo, Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountain, Bantay Bell Tower, Santa Maria Church and Plaza Burgos.

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