Around 400 accommodation establishments in Baguio resume their activities


Baguio city (File photo)

CITY OF BAGUIO – Only about 400 of the 1,200 registered accommodation establishments here have resumed operations since the city opened to tourists in September of last year.

In an interview on Thursday, the city’s tourism operations manager, Aloysius Mapalo, said more than 800 accommodation establishments were still closed.

He said the “closed and open” situation was on top of the difficult situation business establishments face, outside of strict regulations before a facility is allowed to operate amid the pandemic.

Most of the establishments that remain closed are small tourism-related businesses heavily affected by the March lockdown of last year at the start of the pandemic, he added.

Those licensed to operate welcome tourists who come to the city, especially with the local government unit re-allowing the entry of fully vaccinated non-essential travelers starting October 25.

Mapalo hoped to see more visitors arrive despite the limit of 2,000 tourists allowed to enter per day.

Travel to the city will continue to pass through the established registration platform,, complete with the attached vaccination document to obtain the QR (Quick Response) Tourist Pass (QTP) to be allowed entry.

In addition to check-in, tourists are required to undergo screening at the central triage area based at the Baguio Convention Center to verify their documents before being allowed to move into the city.

To avoid long lines, Mapalo said the local government has also accredited three hotels allowed to sort guests, such as Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay Manor and Forest Lodge.

Since the city began allowing entry to visitors, Mapalo has noted that there were around 5,000 requests for QTP issuance on the registration platform daily.

For this reason, potential visitors are forced to postpone their visit dates to a later available date, as only 2,000 travelers are allowed under existing guidelines.

Mapalo expressed hope that the gradual revival of the local tourism industry would gain ground in the coming weeks with the significant drop in Covid-19 cases. (ANP)


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