Draw more tourists, gain credibility with accreditation from DOT—Cavite PTCAO

The provincial government of Cavite gears up for programs to further boost the tourism industry in the province thru the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), urging travel and leisure industry stakeholders to secure accreditation from the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Provincial Tourism Officer Rozelle Sangalang is calling on owners of tourism establishments in Cavite to apply for accreditation from DOT, highlighting the many perks businesses can enjoy from it. These benefits may include marketing and promotional support, endorsements to embassies and travel trade associations, eligibility for participation in travel fairs, priority to DOT training programs, and many others that can help increase sales.

With Cavite being one of the nearest destinations from Manila and the most preferred venue for families and friends weekend getaway, PTCAO reminds owners of hotels, restaurants, resorts and other travel-related establishments the value of accreditation from DOT in order to gain credibility.

The DOT accreditation program which seeks to guarantee safety, comfort and convenience among tourists supports the provinces goal to draw more domestic and international tourists by establishing a benchmark for tourism players in the locality. This ensures that tourism service providers have complied with the DOT’s minimum standards in operation.

As of December 2018, Cavite boasts of four (4) DOT-accredited tour guides and ninety-four (94) tourism establishments, in which some were already recognized during the 1st Cavite Tourism Summit in a simple awarding ceremony led by Governor Boying Remulla on November 29, 2018 held at The Bayleaf Hotel in the City of Gen. Trias. Accounting for the total number of establishments accredited by DOT are 51 travel agencies, 14 hotels, 8 agri-tourism sites, 7 inns, 4 restaurants, 3 tourist land transport operators, 2 resorts, 2 adventure and eco-tourism sites, 2 spas and a museum.

This year, PTCAO targets to increase this figure and achieve absolute compliance to the DOT accreditation program of various tourism-related businesses located in every city and municipality of the province. Likewise, Ms. Sangalang seeks for cooperation from municipal/city tourism officers in motivating other establishments in their area and spreading the value-adding advantage of getting accredited.

For additional information and tourism-related assistance, especially on DOT accreditation, PTCAO may be reached thru telephone number (046) 419-4357 and e-mail address cavitetourism@gmail.com.