June 1, 2023

About 53 percent of the country’s tourism workers have been vaccinated against the Covid-19, raising hopes for the safe resumption of tourism activities under the new normal.

In Metro Manila, Department of Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said 99 percent of workers in hotels and DOT-accredited restaurants have been inoculated, along with 97 percent of the region’s tour guides and tour operators.

“If it’s nationwide, the vaccinated is 53 percent,” Puyat said, adding the DOT would ramp up the inoculation campaign for tourism workers to reach 100 percent before Christmas.

As she hoped for the reopening of more destinations before the year ends, she said the DOT would also see to it that the accredited accommodation establishments are compliant with government protocols. – PNA