The Dumaguete City Tourism Office is implementing starting this year Ordinance No. 49, Series of 2013, or the Tourism Compliance Certificate that was authored by Councilor Lilani Ramon and approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on September 11, 2013.
It aims to promote a robust local tourism industry that is “ecologically sustainable, responsible, and participative”, under the principle of development that together national and local government, the private sector and tourism stakeholders to create pride of place and promote the city as a sustainable and friendly tourism destination.
It requires business enterprises, classified as “Primary Tourism Enterprises” to secure a Tourism Compliance Certificate before securing a Mayor's Permit. The TCC is defined in the ordinance as “a certificate attesting that the enterprise has complied with the requirements set by the City Tourism Office.”
Tourism Operations Officer II, Jessica Layumas, said in a press release, that Primary Tourism Enterprises are those serving the local tourism industry, such as inbound travel and tours operators, local tour guides, tourist transport service providers, airport taxis, hotels, resorts, tourist inns, pension houses and eco-lodges, homestays and bed-and-breakfast facilities.
It also includes MICE or Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions facilities, dive shops, amusement parks, adventure and ecotourism facilities, foreign exchange dealers, tourist drivers, apartels, condotels, service apartments, and motels.
Establishments classified as “secondary tourism enterprises” are not required to secure the TCC. These are restaurants, specialty shops, department stores, sports facilities, recreational centers, museums, galleries, theme parks and zoos, health and wellness facilities, tertiary hospitals, ambulatory medical clinics, agri-tourism farms and facilities, tourism training centers, outbound travel agencies, and any such other enterprise, the press release added.*
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