To bolster Abra’s tourism industry, the Department of Tourism conducted an Orientation on the Progressive Accreditation System and Mobile Accreditation which aims to update DOT’s industry partners of the newly developed standards such as to build a common understanding of the new accreditation scheme, its criteria, implementing guidelines and accreditation processing and to improve the municipalities’ competitiveness.
Republic Act 9593, otherwise known as Tourism Act of 2009, mandates primary enterprises such as accommodation establishments, travel and tour agencies, and Meetings, Incentives, Convention/Conference, Exhibitions (MICE) Facilities including tourist transports to be accredited by DOT, while secondary enterprises like restaurants, souvenir shops, farm sites, spas, etc. are voluntary accreditation.
DOT Accreditation is a certification issued by the DOT to a tourism enterprise that officially recognizes it as having complied with the minimum standards for the operation of tourism facilities and services.
The requirements for accreditation establishments are the Mayor’s Permit and DTI/SEC Registration. Accommodation establishments need to secure Comprehensive General Liability Insurance.
The benefits and incentives of the accredited tourism enterprises are endorsement to COMELEC for exemption from liquor ban during election-related events, free online/print advertising in national dailies, and promotion of events on Facebook page and other social media sites. They are also a priority when it comes to the venue of the DOT Training Programs.
In Abra, Origines Hotel and Restaurant, Abra Valley Grand Hotel, Oval Era Hotel, Grand Roberto’s Inn, and Lucky’s Hotel and Restaurant are DOT accredited establishments.