PILI, Camarines Sur – A provincial government-run water sports complex in this capital town has reinvigorated tourism and business activities in Bicol, prompting investors to open new hotels to accommodate the influx of foreign guests. "In the first six months of 2007 alone, more than 57,000 foreign tourists visited Bicol, easily surpassing the 49,000 international visitors in the whole of 2006," said Maria Ong Ravanilla, the regional tourism officer for Bicol. Ravanilla, speaking at the sidelines of the 8th Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines held at the world-class Cam Sur water sports complex, said that because of increased arrivals in Bicol, a 65-room first-class facility called Avenu Plaza Hotel opened in Naga City recently.
Alliance Global Group Inc., the holding company of businessman Andrew Tan, will build a new luxury hotel within the group’s 25-hectare Newport City just across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.
Hotel operator Raffles and Fairmont is set to open its first development in Makati City by the second semester of 2012. The project called Fairmont Makati & Raffles Suites, built by Kingdom Hotel Investments and local developer Ayala Land, Inc., is reportedly set for completion by September. The 30-storey project will include the 237-unit luxury Raffles Residences, 32-suite Raffles Hotel, and 280-room Fairmont Hotel.
A few hours south of Manila, is one of the most famous provinces in Luzon, Batangas. Known for its Kapeng Barako and the famous Balisong or fan knife, Batangas also boasts of its share of tourist attractions, beaches and historical locations.
Batangas Hotels and Resorts
Anilao, a resort village in Mabini, Batangas is considered the summer mecca of diving fanatics. The resort offers accommodations and diving facilities, plus the services of training clubs that provide courses on diving.
El Nido Resorts in Palawan has received an award during the recently held Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. The resort said it won the “Mid to Small Accommodation” category at the Wild Asia awards programme held in October 2009. Other 2009 Responsible Tourism Award winners are the ITC Mughal in India for the “Large to Mid-Size Accommodation” category and the Sunderbans Jungle Camp also in India for the “Community-based to Homestay Operators” category.
The transformation of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport into a vibrant, self-sustaining and fast-rising economic and tourism hub in the North has brought a steady increase in tourist arrivals over the past several years, from a mere 2,000 in 2006 to over 75,000 in 2012.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director for Region 2 Blessida Diwa cited the marvellous landscape and seascape of the Cagayan Freeport.