Davao hotels, resorts required to submit occupancy report soon

Subscribe Now October 03, 2014 at 08:20am

ACCOMMODATION establishments will soon be required to submit monthly occupancy report once the Amended Tourism Code of Davao City is passed into an ordinance.

According to the proposed ordinance, which has already been approved on first reading, "all accommodation establishments will submit to the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) a copy of their monthly occupancy report."

Accommodation establishments -- categorized as hotels, resorts, self-styled accommodations, pension house or inn, and motels -- will be penalized if they fail to submit the report.

For the first offense, the establishment will be fined with not less than P3,000 and/or an imprisonment of three months, at the discretion of the court. By the second offense, it will be suspension of their registration, a fine of not less than P4,000 and/or imprisonment of six months, at the discretion of the court.

Establishments who commit the offense for the third and last time will be penalized with the cancellation of their registration and revocation of their license, a fine of not less than P5,000 and/or imprisonment of 12 months, at the discretion of the court.

According to the committee report of the Committee on Tourism and Beautification, the Department of Tourism and CTOO have difficulty in collecting the much needed data from the tourism establishments.

"Thus, there is a need for the city to intervene and provide in the ordinance certain sanctions, so that they will be pressured to submit the required and accurate data," the report said.

Councilor Al Ryan S. Alejandre, in a phone interview, said the occupancy report is needed as it will serve as their basis for planning for the tourism industry and also to be able to know how they can market the city.

The committee report will also include suggestions on how to provide incentives to those who religiously comply with the giving of reports.

"There is however a need for further discussion as to this, by inviting all establishments to get their acquiescence on this provision," the report said.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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