Twenty-Two hotels and resorts from the Philippines recently won in the Asean Tourism Standards Awards.
Department of Tourism (DOT) reported that 11 of the hotels that were recognized featured “green hotel” standards, making their operations friendly and sustainable to the environment while the other 11 were acknowledged as among the best MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions) venues in the hotel category.
Held in Chiang Mai, Thaniland last January 22-26, representatives of the hotels and resorts received their respective awareds during the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF). The event was also attened by awardees from other Asean member-states which were also nominated by their own respective national tourism offices.
Winning resorts and hotels from the Philippines were later recognized in a local ceremony at the Diamond Hotel last January 31. Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Coordination and Resource Generation Alma Rita Jimenez acknowledged the improving services of Philippine hotels hailing them as a vital piece in boosting the local economy through business and tourism.
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The Green Hotel Awardees are Amorita Resort (Panglao, Bohol), Baguio Country Club (Baguio City), Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort (Lapu-Lapu Cioty, Cebu), Conrad Hotel (Pasay City), The Bellevue Resort Bohol (Dojio Bohol), Bohol Beach Club Resort (Panglao), Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan (Mactan Island, Cebu), Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge (Basco, Batanes), Pangulasian Island Resort (El Nido, Palawan) P&I Resorts Inc. – Pulchra (San Fernando, Cebu) and The Manor at Camp John Hay (Baguio City).
For the MICE category, awardees include Conrad Hotel, Radsisson Blu Cebu, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila (Alabang Muntinlupa, City), Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino (Lahug), JPark Island Resort and Waterpark (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu) Diamond Hotel Philippines (Manila), Discovery Primea (Makati City), Bagiuio Country Club, Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu (Lapu-Lapu City), The Bellevue Resort and Quest Hotel and Conference Center also in Cebu.
The Asean member states set-uop the Asean Tourism Standards awards to improve the standards of tourism service providers helping them reach international hotel standards. Due to these improvements and achievents, DOT data show there were some 125 million foreign visitor arrivals in 2017, up 8.4 percent compared to 2016. Foreign guests last year amounted to $ 93 billion.
WITH REPORTS FROM: MARIA STELLA ARNALDO, BUSINESS MIRROR
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