Hotels and resorts in Lapu Lapu City are undergoing health and safety inspection to check their compliance with the guidelines set by the local government and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases ((IATF-EID).
The Lapu-Lapu City’s Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (TCHAC) has already visited a number of hotels and resorts to check on their safety and wellness protocols.
The move is part of the city’s preparation for the eventual reopening of domestic tourism in Lapu-Lapu City where several big names in hotels and resorts are located. The city is also the gateway to Cebu as the Mactan Cebu International Airport is also located here.
“We look forward to opening up the domestic tourism market to revive the hospitality industry,” TCHAC head Cindi King-Chan said in a statement.
The Lapu-Lapu City government has been preparing the city for new normal in implementing safety protocols and precautionary measures in businesses and establishments.
In recent days, Lapu-Lapu City has reported a decreasing number of COVID-19 positive cases and an increasing number of recoveries. Chan said the city is hopeful to be downgraded from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) soon.
Currently, the city’s Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) locators and other business stakeholders are now almost 100-percent operational with 50 to 70 percent of their employees have already returned to work.
“We really appreciate all the efforts shown, adhering to the safety protocols and precautionary measures, as we are all reshaping our tourism industry,” Chan said.
TCHAC has visited and inspected top hotels and resorts in Lapu-Lapu City. Among the hotels visited by the department include Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino, Sebastien Hotel, Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Pacific Cebu Resort, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, Tambuli Seaside Resort and Spa, Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa, Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, and Mactan Newtown Beach.
The group’s hotel and resort visit started on August 5. During these visits, Chan was with TCHAC Commissioner Sunshine Lim and BMO Officer Celestino Quijano Pangatungan III.
“All of the hotels and resort general managers were thankful and most appreciative of our visits because some of their safety protocols still need improvements and our sanitary inspectors guided and gave them instructions to ensure the safety and health of not just their guests but also their staff,” said Chan.
“We also gave them an update on the tourism recovery plan that is in line with the vision of Mayor Junard ”Ahong” Chan and will be implemented by the Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission. Together, We Heal as One!” Chan said.
The island city is known as a tourist haven, where one can find historical spots and beautiful, pristine white sand beaches. Its coastal barangays Marigondon, Agus, Suba-basbas, Maribago, Mactan and Pta. Engañohas have turned the city into a weekend destination for the population of Metro Cebu and nearby towns.