DOT Statement on Hotel Room Occupancy Guidelines

DOT is issuing the recall after receiving reports that several hotels insist that, based on DOT guidelines, guests cannot share rooms if they belong to different households.

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) would like to remind hotels and other accommodation establishments (EA) of the relaxed guidelines on room occupancy in areas under Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3.

DOT is issuing the recall after receiving reports that several hotels insist that, based on DOT guidelines, guests cannot share rooms if they belong to different households.

DOT would like to clarify this with Administrative Order Number 2022-001 or Guidelines on Hotel operations and other accommodation establishments under the alert level systems for Covid-19, which states that regular hotels in areas under alert levels 1, 2 and 3 can accommodate leisure and business customers. business. Hotels are also allowed to occupy all rooms, whether holidaymakers are from the same household or not, subject to minimum public health standards.

Additionally, the DOT has already given the go-ahead for daily housekeeping, room service, and food delivery for the convenience and benefit of hotel guests.

Any violation of these guidelines, which may include any false, misleading, or deceptive statements for the purpose of soliciting business from Guests and Customers, will subject EAs to penalties and fines, depending on the seriousness of the violation.

The Department urges all stakeholders to adhere to the guidelines for a fun and smooth travel experience, especially with the expected influx of guests who wish to enjoy the summer season in the Philippines.

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