S.O.S to support tourism
The tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. In 2020, 4.8 million workers in the tourism industry lost their jobs or had their salaries cut, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
While tourism contributed a significant 12.7 percent to the economy, there is so much at stake not just for the country but also for the millions of Filipinos working in the industry.
To help revive tourism and encourage Filipinos to rediscover local destinations, the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) is bringing back its big travel sale hit: The S.O.S. or September Online Sale.
S.O.S. 2021 is an online sale of various hotel vacation and food & beverage packages. The public can avail of it by visiting the HSMA website via hsma.org.ph/sos. Sale runs until 15 October.
Available during the SOS travel sale are more than a hundred packages and up to 70 percent off in discounts from key destinations within Metro Manila and throughout the country, including: Manila, Pasay, Parañaque, Ortigas, Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, BGC, Alabang, Cavite, Laguna, Bataan, Clark, Ilocos, Baguio, Boracay, Iloilo, Cebu, Bohol, Palawan and Davao.
Beyond Metro Manila, S.O.S. also features vacation deals in Baguio, Ifugao Province, Ilocos, Bataan, Clark Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite and Batangas.
Visit www.hsma.org.ph/sos for the full list of participating hotels and resorts, their available offers and packages.
Emirates resumes flights
Emirates resumed its scheduled passenger services to Manila, Clark and Cebu. With the lifting of the ban on travelers from the UAE by the Philippines authorities on 6 September, the airline has resumed seven weekly services to and from Manila, five weekly flights to Clark and twice weekly flights to Cebu.
As mandated by authorities, restrictions apply on the number of passengers per flight to points in the Philippines. It will remain in effect until further notice.
Passengers can book tickets on www.emirates.com/ph, Emirates mobile app, via Emirates sales offices or preferred travel agents. Details on entry protocols and requirements to destinations in the Philippines can be found on emirates.com/ph.
In addition to the commercial flights, Emirates was also granted approval from the Department of Foreign Affairs to operate special commercial flights in September to Manila for citizens wishing to fly home from the UAE.
All passengers must present a negative RT-PCR result taken 48 hours prior to boarding. A 10-day facility-based quarantine, with the date of arrival being the first day, will be applicable to all passengers, followed by a four-day home-based quarantine.
Fully-vaccinated travelers get discounts
Trip.com has launched a new campaign that offers exclusive discounts and benefits for fully-vaccinated travelers in the Philippines.
The “Vaccinated Discount Campaign” will run until 31 December. It offers discounts of up to 30 percent for select hotel bookings from more than 100 accommodation partners across the country.
Proof of vaccination before or upon arrival at the accommodation of choice is required. This is part of Trip.com’s efforts to support the local government’s vaccination campaign.
For more information on the deals and list of participating hotels, visit www.trip.com/sale/w/2749/yourshotatdiscounts.html?curr=PHP. The promotions can also be accessed on the Trip.com mobile app on Apple Store and Google Play.