DOT cautions public on bogus travel firms
Carlo Lorenciana (The Freeman) - May 22, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Department of Tourism yesterday warned the public against dealing with unaccredited travel agencies.

This comes after the DOT recently received reports on the proliferation of unaccredited entities "advertising services in different social media platforms for airline ticketing, travel and tours management, hotel booking and training offerings for travel business management."

"The public is hereby warned to be vigilant in dealing with these entities as there can be more guarantee on the reliability and legitimacy of their products and services," the DOT said in an advisory on Tuesday.

The DOT in Central Visayas, for its part, urged the public to get in touch with its accreditation division or email to for a list of accredited establishments in Region 7.

Sought for comment yesterday, DOT regional director Shalimar Tamano said the "safety" of visitors in the region is always a priority. 

"This is why DOT insists on dealing only with accredited serv

ice providers. We continue to partner with our stakeholders and other government agencies to make sure our tourists are secure and have pleasant experience," the official told The FREEMAN.

The tourism department pointed out there are only select training centers that are accredited in offering courses for putting up travel agencies and other tourism-related services. 

All travel agencies and tour operators including online bookings are covered under the DOT Accreditation Law provided in Republic Active 9593 or known as the "Tourism Act of 2009" and supported by the Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2019-17 requiring accreditation before issuance of business permits.

Non-compliance to the provisions thereof is punishable by law.

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