Tourism dept. gives Makati hotel 15 days to appeal revoked permit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) — A hotel in Makati City where a flight attendant was found dead on New Year's Day has 15 days to appeal an order that revoked its permit to operate, a Tourism official said Saturday.

Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Jr. said the notice was sent to City Garden Grand Hotel in Barangay Poblacion on January 14. Failure of the management to reply would mean the hotel will have to close shop for half a year.

“Hinihintay pa po namin 'yung response ng City Garden Grand Hotel,” he told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend.

[Translation: We are still waiting for the response of the City Garden Grand Hotel.]

“Well, technically 'pag hindi sila umapela ay suspendido sila ng six months. Hindi sila pwede tumanggap ng mga bagong mga bisita,” Bengzon said.

[Translation: If they don't appeal, they will be suspended for six months. They are not allowed to accept new guests during that period.]

Bengzon said City Garden should look for other quarantine facilities for hotel guests who will be affected by its possible temporary closure. "They will have to find a way to book those hotel guests who are still with them," he said.

The hotel lost its Certificate of Authority to Operate from the Department of Tourism after the agency found it was accepting bookings for leisure when it should be serving as a quarantine facility. It was also ordered to pay a ₱10,000 fine.

The DOT earlier launched a probe against the hotel due to the controversial death of Christine Dacera. It ordered the management to explain how Dacera and her companions were able to check in on December 31 even if the establishment is a designated quarantine facility. The hotel claimed no liability in Dacera’s death and insisted it is compliant with government policies.

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