We refer to the article published in your February 19, 2014 issue, “Budget hotel pays higher taxes than luxury rivals” where Microtel Inn & Suites was mistakenly listed as a “motel.” [Publisher-Editor’s note: Not The Manila Times but the tax bureau listed Microtel as a motel.]
While we fully support the government’s campaign in terms of expeditious tax collection, we are genuinely honored to be recognized as one of the top taxpayers. However, we would like to put it on record that the Department of Tourism has granted Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® accreditation to operate as a HOTEL.
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® is an international chain of more than 300 throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. The brand is part of more than 7,000 hotels of the Wyndham Hotel Group.
Microtel in the Philippines, the hospitality arm of the PHINMA group, pioneered the no-frills, limited service, good value hotel concept in the country in 1998. By April, there will be 13 Microtel hotels operating around the Philippines that conform to the chain’s system-wide design of its buildings that stress function, comfort and convenience while at the same time satisfying international hotel standards. Most of our hotels are highly rated by TripAdvisor and some have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for being among the consistently praised hotels worldwide. Microtel caters primarily to business travellers, families and both domestic and foreign tourists.
As such, we would like to correct the report released by the Bureau of Internal Revenue tagging us as a “motel.” We are issuing this statement and likewise request that this letter be published in The Manila Times to avoid confusion that may arise among our stakeholders, customers, and employees.
Jose Mari del Rosario
MICROTEL by Wyndham