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DOT on MICE Events

HRAP Advisory 2020-053

TO: HRAP MEMBERS
FROM: HRAP SECRETARIAT
Date: DECEMBER 08, 2020
Cc: Eugene T. Yap
Re: DOT ON MICE EVENTS       

Dear HRAP  Members,

We are forwarding to you copy of DOT letter regarding the holding of MICE events per IATF Resolution No. 87

For your guidance and reference.

LETTER FROM THE DOT SECRETARY

04 December 2020

ATTY. EUGENE YAP
President
Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP)
Room 4016 Golden Rock Building, 168 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229


Dear Atty. Yap:

We wish to inform you that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) published the IATF Resolution No. 87 which ratifies the decision of the IATF Technical Working Group to allow the conduct of meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibition events in the following venues in areas under General Community Quarantine:

  1. Restaurants, in general;
  2. Restaurants attached to hotels;
  3. Ballrooms and function halls within hotels;
  4. Venues within hotel premises; and
  5. Mall atria

These events shall be limited to workshops, trainings, seminars, congresses, conferences, conventions, board meetings, colloquia, conclaves, symposia, and consumer trade shows, and shall be allowed up to thirty percent (30%) of the venue capacity. The Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry are directed to jointly issue guidelines in furtherance thereof. The foregoing is without prejudice to stricter protocols which may be imposed by the local government units where these eligible venues may be located.

While the resolution allows the conduct of certain MICE events listed above, the following events remain prohibited: social events (i.e. birthdays, weddings, Christmas and office parties, pageants, award events, gala receptions, shows), product launch events, political gatherings, cultural festivities, and sporting events.

With the approval of the resumption of MICE under IATF Resolution No. 87, we are optimistic that the sector shall begin to thrive once more. Rest assured that Department of Tourism shall meticulously work on the guidelines and policies together with the Department of Trade and Industry to make sure that health and safety protocols are maintained in this latest development.

Once again, we thank you for your unwavering support to the Department of Tourism.

Together, we shall arise as one.

Sincerely,
 
BERNADETTE ROMULO-PUYAT
Department of Tourism Secretary

Attachment:

LINK TO INDUSTRY ADVISORIES

HRAP Advisory

Board of Trustees (2019 - 2021)

Ms. Ma. Christina Aquino
Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP)
Chairman

Ms. Anabelle Ochoa Moreno
Association of Human Resources Managers in the Hospitality Industry (AHRM)
Vice Chairman

Ms. Tinette Capistrano
Philippine Association of Convention/ Exhibition Organizer and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS)
Secretary

Dr. Gloria Baken Wong- Siy
Association of Administrators in Hospitality Hotel and Restaurant Management Educational Institutions (AAHRMEI)
Treasurer

Mr. Elieser Casas
Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA)
Auditor

Mr. Hessel Larcia
National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN- SENTRO)
Public Relations Officer

Board Trustees

Mr. Daniel Edralin
Ms. Eleonor Ogarte
National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN- SENTRO)

Ms. Fe Yu
Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA)

Board of Advisers

Assistant Secretary Maria Rica C Bueno
Director Rowena Lu Y. Montecillo
Ms. Arlene Alipio
Department of Tourism (DOT)

Executive Director Imelda Taganas
Executive Director Susan Dela Rama
Ms. Ma. Isabel Gamurot
Technical Education Skills Development Authority
(TESDA)

Dr. Edieser Dela Santa
University of the Philippines
Asian Institute of Tourism (UP AIT)

Secretariat: Lawrence Castro
secretariat@tourismidustryboard.org

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University of the Philippines - Asian Institute of Tourism
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secretariat@tourismindustryboard.org
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