THE Department of Tourism has admitted that it received a grant from Canada, in the amount of $7.1 Million, to fund its hotel star grading program. Though supposedly the money also covered some other minor purposes, the major application was the DOT’s star program.
The number of hotels covered by the program was about 700. Therefore, in round numbers, the budget per hotel grading was $10,000. This was to cover the cost of visiting the hotel for one night and evaluating it.
To anyone with any common sense at all, this number - $10,000 for a one night visit – is not remotely justifiable or credible. $500, maybe. $10,000, no.
Can anyone possibly be that stupid? Or is someone very smart?
Numerous parties have demanded that the DOT explain what happened to the money.
The DOT has refused to answer.
You figure out why.
Several tourism-industry groups are now investigating if the funds were actually released to an NGO, from which they were funneled into someone’s pockets. If true, this would be the same modus operandi as the Napoles case.
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