90 PH hotels offer up to 70% discount to stay afloat during coronavirus downturn

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File photo of Boracay Island

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — A hotel association is organizing an online sale to help the country's coronavirus-hit hospitality businesses get back on their feet and throw a lifeline to those denied leisure travel this year due to movement restrictions.

Christine Ibarreta, president of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association, told CNN Philippines' New Day on Wednesday that 90 hotels are participating, offering up to 70 percent discount, through the so-called September Online Sale or SOS,

To know more about the deals and hotel reservations, the public could visit this website: hsma.org.ph/sos.

Ibarreta assured guests who may have qualms about going on trips and picking up the coronavirus along the way that they will be “safe” in their accommodation, which are “sanitized daily.”

She added that the hotels are abiding by the Department of Tourism’s health and safety guidelines under the “new normal.”

This SOS campaign, which will last until September 30, is seen to help kickstart domestic tourism while travel restrictions are not yet lifted.

Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, chief operating officer of the Tourism Promotions Board, noted that due to the pandemic, arrivals and receipts are down by 75 to 76 percent, affecting 4.8 million jobs in the hospitality sector.

The DOT earlier said the inter-agency coronavirus task force allowed hotel “staycations” in areas under general community quarantine, but the guidelines have yet to be released.