LYING AND DECEIVING THE PUBLIC – IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

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THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM’S AMAZING 5-Star ARITHMETIC

Through its various websites, the DOT has already released preliminary data about the grades of hotels around the country. Though individual properties weren’t named, here’s the big picture:

Number of Hotels Rated 5 Stars
NCR16
Rest of Luzon1
Visayas2
Mindanao2
National Total28

What’s wrong with this picture? The numbers don’t add up!

16 + 1 + 2 + 2 = 21. Last time we learned how to count, 28 is not equal to 21.

What happened here? The DOT is reporting 28 hotels as the national total it awarded 5 stars to. But on the by-region figures, it could only tally 21.

So what are the possible explanations?

  1. The DOT cannot do arithmetic, and is negligent about what it reports to the public. If it cannot reconcile a difference between 21 and 28, how much credibility will it have telling the world to ignore TripAdvisor and Expedia, ignore the customers, and trust only the DOT to report the star ratings?
  2. The DOT is hoping the public cannot do arithmetic. That’s also why they refuse to answer the question: How did you manage to budget US$ 7 million to visit and rate 700 hotels, i.e., $10,000 per hotel visited for one night?
  3. The DOT has reserved 7 Five-Star “slots” or “tickets”. These will go to the highest bidders.
  4. The DOT has reserved 7 Five-Star “slots” or “tickets”. These will go to hotels as needed to appease assorted irate congressmen, senators, or Administration officials with connections to certain hotels.

Lying and Deceiving the Public – It’s More Fun In the Philippines!

Source: Department of Tourism, http://www.visitmyphilippines.com/images/ads/53c857dd27f4f7a05d419798eea5159c.pdf.
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