‘Require tourism firms in Bacolod to secure DOT accreditation’

THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution urging the Permits and Licensing Division to require all establishments, classified as primary and secondary tourism enterprises, to secure an accreditation certificate from the Department of Tourism (DOT).

This should be required upon submission of its application for renewal of permit to operate.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Em Ang, chairperson of committee on tourism, cited Republic Act 9593 known as Tourism Act of 2009 which mandates the DOT to be the primary planning, programming, coordinating, implementing, and regulatory government agency in the development and promotion of the tourism industry, both domestic and international, in coordination with attached agencies and other government instrumentalities.

The accreditation is a certification issued by DOT to a tourism enterprise that officially recognizes it as having complied with the minimum standards for the operation of tourism facilities and services.

Primary enterprises directly related to tourism include travel and tour services, ecotour operators and tour guides, tourist transport services, accommodation establishments, private homes used for homestay, eco-lodges, condotels, hotel and tourism estate management services, sports and recreational facilities, and foreign exchange dealers.

Secondary enterprises that may be related to tourism include restaurants, specialty shops and department stores, sports facilities and recreational centers, health and wellness facilities, ambulatory clinics and medical concierge, rest areas in gas stations, agri-tourism farms and facilities, tourism training centers, and outbound travel agencies.

Ang said to ensure compliance with the law, prior accreditation with the DOT shall be required by the local government unit for the issuance of local permit to operate.
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