Archive | August, 2013

Stay and Play this Summer at the Coolest Hotels on Ibiza

Anyone who’s anyone is heading to Ibiza this summer for a week or two of wild clubbing that’s sure to be the highlight of the year, but to make sure you’re at the heart of all the action, you’ll need to snap up your hotel sharpish! These ultra-cool Ibiza hotels will put all of the fun on your doorstep, plus you’ll have somewhere chic to rest your weary head after a long night of dancing.

Cocktail Mojito in Ibiza
Cocktail Mojito in Ibiza

Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Playa d’en Bossa
Staying at the Ushuaia Beach Hotel is the closest you can get on Ibiza to staying at a club itself. This painfully stylish, floral-adorned hotel, just a stone’s throw from the water at Playa d’en Bossa plays host to international DJ’s throughout the summer season, that play beside the pool as guests dance the night (or day) away on the decking. Continue Reading

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The Philippine Department of Tourism implements New National Accommodation Standards

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will be implementing its new National Accommodation Standards for Hotels, Resorts, and Apartment Hotels using the Star Rating System. The new standards employ a points-based rating system focused on inventory, availability, condition, and quality of a specific facility or service.

Big Room“The new standards seek to boost industry competitiveness, especially in preparation for important events such as the World Competitiveness Forum next year, APEC in 2015, and the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2016. On the initial implementation of the new standards and star rating system for classifying hotels, resorts, and apartment hotels, the DOT shall be engaging the services of a private quality assurance firm that will consequently tap external auditors to conduct the assessment. The use of a third party auditing firm is aimed at ensuring impartiality of the audit team and credibility of results. Most developed countries employ this scheme as independent audits are deemed more credible,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.

Launched last year through the DOT Memorandum Circular 2012-02, the new standards is part of the DOT’s policy reforms pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism Act of 2009, which mandates the DOT to formulate and enforce standards for the operation and maintenance of tourism enterprises, prescribing minimum and progressive levels of operating quality and efficiency consistent with local and international standards. The Tourism Act also provides for the development and enforcement of a comprehensive system for mandatory accreditation for primary tourism enterprises, and voluntary accreditation for secondary tourism enterprises, in accordance with prescribed guidelines and standards. Continue Reading

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