Christine Dacera (inset) was found dead in a bath tub at her hotel room on January 1.
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MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday (January 14) slapped the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City with suspension, fines, and revocation of its certificate to operate following an investigation into the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera inside its premises.
Dacera was found dead in a bath tub at her hotel room on January 1, after a New Year’s Eve party with friends and a group of people who checked in the hotel.
In a statement, the DOT said the hotel “misrepresented itself to the public” for accepting guests for leisure or staycation purposes despite being a quarantine facility.
The authority said that the hotel committed “gross and evident bad faith in dealing with clients/fraudulent solicitation of business or making any false, deceptive, or misleading claims or statements for the purpose of soliciting business from clients”.
Hotels operating as quarantine facilities are prohibited from accepting guests for leisure purposes.
City Garden Grand Hotel was given a six-month suspension of DOT accreditation, a fine of P10,000, and revocation of its Certificate of Authority to Operate.
The hotel can file an appeal against the punishment.
Meanwhile, the DOT warned other hotels to follow the rules and reminded quarantine facilities that they are prohibited from offering rooms for leisure stays.
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