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Daluyong resort

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Daluyong Resort, a 16-room establishment in Palawan, has been nominated by the Department of Tourism for the ASEAN Green Hotel awards.  “We are firm believers of the green agenda and are happy that we have contributed through our own small way,” the owners of the resort said.

Meanwhile, Mandala Spa and Resort Villas in Boracay Island reaped the awards as best spa destination as well as best holistic treatment.

The ASEAN Green Hotel Awards are held every two years.  Its criteria covers environmental policy and activities, use of green products, collaboration with the communities and local organisations, human resources development, solid waste management, energy efficiency, water efficiency, air quality management, noise pollution control, waste water treatment and management and toxic and chemical substance disposal management.

Shangri-La bans shark’s fin

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has declared that dishes containing shark’s fin will no longer be offered in its 72 hotels and resorts worldwide as part of its “Sustainable Food Policy.”  The international hotel chain said it will also be phasing out its bluefin tuna and Chilean sea bass dishes.

“The new policy is a continuation of Shangri-la’s journey towards environmental support. Shangri-La will continue to review and refine its overall programmes including environmental and sustainability issues,” it said.

GoHotel Palawan

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Property firm Robinsons Land Corp. is opening a GoHotels.ph branch in Puerto Princesa City in March 20102,

The 108-room GoHotels.ph Puerto Princesa will be Robinsons Land’s first GoHotels.ph branch outside Metro Manila following the 223-room GoHotels.ph Cybergate Plaza in Mandaluyong City.

World's top hotels

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Three hotels in the Philippines have been included in the latest list of 500 best hotels in the world complied by Travel + Leisure magazine.  These three Philippine hotels are the Peninsula Manila, Makati Shangri-La Manila, and Discovery Shores Boracay. The entries in the annual roster are determined by Travel + Leisure readers.

In 2011, the same three hotels made it to the Travel + Leisure list, along with Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa.

Radisson Blue Mall of Asia

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SM Investments Corp. plans to begin work on a five-star development within the Mall of Asia complex by the first half of 2012, according to a report by BusinessWorld.   “Right now, we’re finalising plans for our flagship hotel Radisson Blu in Mall of Asia. We are hoping to break ground there by next year, probably in the first half,” said Ms. Christina A. Bautista, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. vice-president for business development and administration.

The hotel will rise between the SMX Convention Centre and San Miguel by The Bay restaurant strip and  will have around 400 rooms, making it the SM unit’s biggest project yet.

 

 

Remington Hotel Manila

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Remington Hotel Manila Resorts World Manila has opened budget-friendly Remington Hotel, to complement its 6-star hotel Maxims Hotel and Marriott Hotel. Located at Newport City Pasay, Remington Hotel offers top quality, value-for-money accommodations within the round-the-clock entertainment.

Remington Hotel has 623 standard rooms and 89 units of serviced apartments. With an average room size of 21 square metres, the standard rooms have two queen-sized beds, air-conditioning, in-room WiFi, in-room safety box, shower and bathroom, hot and cold water, power sockets on the wall, electronic keylock, telephone, luggage storage and daily housekeeping services.

 

Estag Airport Hotel Clark

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Taiwanese firm Eaglesky Technology Amusement and Gaming Inc. (Estag) is building a PhP1 billion casino and hotel complex called Estag Airport Hotel and Entertainment Complex just beside the Clark Airport.  The company plans to hire 300 employees when the hotel begins operations.

 

 

Clark Sun Valley Golf Course

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Korean firm Donggwang Clark Corp. is expected to complete by April 2012 its US$200-million tourism-related project, which includes the Clark Sun Valley Golf Course at Clark Freeport in Pampanga.  With the project, Donggwang is poised to become the new leader in tourism complex and golf course construction in the Philippines. The Korean company is building a 304-hectare tourism complex with residence villas, water theme park and various amenities. 

 

 

Tune Hotel Manila

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Malaysian hotel chain operator Tune Hotels, which is a part of the Tune Group of AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes, plans to build seven hotels in the Philippines beginning 2012.  Tune Hotels CEO Mark Lankester said the expansion in the Philippines would involve an investment of up to US$60 million.  The Tune Hotels would rise in Angeles City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, Ermita in Manila, Makati City, Ortigas and Quezon City.  

“The Philippines is a priority market for Tune Hotels. With the rise of budget travel packages from airlines and increase in business travels, there is a high demand for no-fuss hotels that would provide affordable, safe, clean, convenient, and comfortable accommodation,” said Mr. Lankester.

 

Bay Leaf Hotel Intramuros

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A new hotel has risen at the historic Walled City of Intramuros.  The nine-storey Bay Leaf hotel was built just a stone’s throw away from historical gems such as the San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago.  A charming boutique hotel with a ‘five star’ ambience, Bay Leaf was built by the Laurel family, which is also the owner of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), which is also located in Intramuros.