Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia questions DOT's star rating program, asks House Committee on Tourism to look into disbursement of funds
DOT USEC Maria Victoria Jasmin feigns ignorance over disbursement of $7.1 million grant
Consul Exposes Possible $7 Million "Napoles-style" anomaly in Tourism. Government of Canada, are you paying any attention to where your taxpapers' money is going?
DOT Still Refuses to Explain How Canada's $7 million grant Evaporated
DoT official quizzed: Where did $7-M Canadian grant go?
DOT Star Rating System Suspended
DOT's hotel star rating program a waste of funds. Solon files resolution for House Committee on Tourism to conduct inquiry
House Resolution 2503 to probe DOT's implementation of hotel star rating system
DOT's hotel star rating system faces mounting criticism. International hotel consultant calls scheme impractical and unnecessary
In face of mounting opposition, DOT Secretary admits hotel ratings program is "far from perfect"
DOT Tries to Appease Critics by Offering to Hold "Dialogue", but Insists It Will Go Ahead No Matter What. Is that Dialogue or Monologue?
Despite Many Fatal Deficiencies, DOT Insists It Will Push Full Implementation of Hotel Star Rating Program
Plantation Bay statement on DOT's hotel rating plan
Plantation Bay Reacts
Hotel, resort owners slam DOT rating project
DOT slams critics of new star rating system for hotels, resorts
Hotel star rating roils tourism industry
COA questions P1.2-B contracts for tourism campaign
‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ campaign violated procurement rules finds state auditor
Red flags in DOT budget, PH tourism
COA to DOT officials: Refund P162-M illegal perks
Manila hotel occupancy rates fall short of expectations despite government marketing blitz
Tourism under Aquino: ‘More fun’ or too ambitious?
Copycat? Departmet of Tourism bungles tourism poster once again
Philippine tourism in second copycat ad row
It’s More Funny in the Philippines
New DOT slogan sparks debates
It's More Fun in the Philippines: Really?
Why we don’t need to emphasize that it’s more fun in the Philippines
Is it still more fun in the Philippines?
Wilfrido V.E. Arcilla
‘The fault in our stars’
Reaching for the stars
Expensive act of rating hotels
The DOT rating the hotel/ resort industry. Why?
Bobit S. Avila
Official website of the DOT regarding this project
Link to the announcement re: CIDA/ADB grant
PDF of DOT's National Accommodation Standards – Resorts
PDF of DOT's National Accommodation Standards – Hotels
Understanding the Philippine Star Rating System
Philippine Star Rating System's Anticipated Questions
Number of Accommodation Establishments and Room Per Region, Province and City/Municipality, 2014
UK government pulls the plug on hotel star rating programs
Tourism slumps, hotel stars in Norway dumped
The Canadian system (the donor) is voluntary and carried out by a private sector, not the national government.
The rating system in Europe is also simpler, does not allow for much personal judgment, and is implemented by the private sector, not the Government.
In the US, the Government is not involved in hotel star ratings at all.
Visit Scotland and Visit England's systems are also objective. Evaluators are not required to rate condition, design, value, food variety, "designer" quality, etc.
Ireland is the ONLY national government that dares to meddle with hotel star ratings, and at least its system is objective and requires no personal judgment.
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