95% of Megaworld Hotel Staff Now Vaccinated: Eleven properties of PH’s largest local hotel chain receive ‘Safety Seal’ certification from the Department of Tourism. Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, the country’s largest homegrown hotel chain today, has vaccinated 95% of its 1,154 hotel-based staff and personnel who are actively working in the various properties during this pandemic.
These include teams from the front office, housekeeping, food, and beverage, engineering, sales and marketing, finance, executive, human resources, and security in different hotel locations around the country.
Megaworld Hotels & Resorts has 11 existing properties across the country: Richmonde Hotel Ortigas in Pasig City, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, and Richmonde Hotel Iloilo; Savoy Hotel Manila in Newport City, Savoy Hotel Boracay in Malay, Aklan, and Savoy Hotel Mactan in Cebu; Belmont Hotel Manila in Newport City and Belmont Hotel Boracay in Malay, Aklan; Twin Lakes Hotel in Laurel, Batangas; Hotel Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila; and Kingsford Hotel in the Entertainment City, Parañaque.
“Herd immunity in all our hotel properties across the country has always been our ultimate goal to ensure not only the safety and well-being of our staff but also of all our guests who stay in our hotels. Under our Vaxxed and Ready Campaign, the group has been very active in our vaccination program to ensure our contribution to the recovery of the hospitality industry,” says Cleofe Albiso, group general manager, Megaworld Hotels.
Currently, Twin Lakes Hotel near Tagaytay and Belmont Hotel Boracay are open to guests for leisure and staycations. The other hotels only accept both Filipino and foreign guests arriving from other countries who are required to complete the government-mandated quarantine days.
“We have been getting sustained bookings left and right for our staycation hotels in Tagaytay and Boracay. This is a good sign to the country’s tourism industry because we can still see that travel remains one of the things people are willing to spend on even during a pandemic,” explains Albiso.
All 11 hotels under the Megaworld Hotels & Resorts brand have been given the ‘Safety Seal’ certification from the Department of Tourism, which means that the properties are compliant to the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS), including the adoption and use of the StaySafe.ph application in all properties for the purpose of contact tracing.
“We go beyond just compliance because we have innovative programs in place to ensure that we provide the safest working environment for our employees and the safest place to stay for all our guests,” Albiso adds.
Megaworld Hotels & Resorts currently has a portfolio of around 4,000 rooms in key tourism destinations around the country, making it the biggest single operator of 100% Filipino-owned homegrown hotel brands in the Philippines. The company has announced that it is adding more hotel properties in the next five years, particularly in Boracay, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, and in the bustling Entertainment City in the Manila Bay area.