Berjaya Hotels and Resorts of Malaysia is spending PhP200 million for the renovation of Makati Avenue Hotel.
SM Investments Corp. plans to open its PhP3-billion five-star hotel in Cebu City by the second half of the year. The company said Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu. , a project of its wholly-owned unit SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., would start operation at the city’s North Reclamation Area right beside SM City Cebu shopping mall complex.
Oakridge Properties Inc. is seeking fiscal incentives for its planned PhP360-million modernisation of Discovery Suites, a luxury hotel in Ortigas.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Cebu, formerly the Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa, is now managed by Swiss-based Movenpick Hotels and Resorts. The hotel thus became the first Movenpick hotel in the Philippines.
Zest Airways Inc. plans to launch more regional flights this year as it expands its fleet with the addition of two Airbus A320 planes to meet growing passenger traffic. Company president and CEO Alfredo Yao said the carrier would introduce scheduled flights to Incheon, Korea and Shanghai, China from Manila in June and direct flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October.
Zest Air is also launching Clark-Hong Kong, Clark-Bangkok and Clark-Singapore flights in the last quarter of 2012.
“Our total passengers for our domestic flights this January is 224,723 compared to 150,091 in January last year, while for our international flights we had 35,638 passengers versus 15,990,” said Mr. Yao.
Property developer V.V. Soliven Realty Corp. plans to tap theme park operator Enchanted Kingdom, Inc. to build a residential resort in San Mateo, Rizal. Construction for the 100-hectare Sol Haven de San Mateo project is expected to start in 2012. The development will involve a five-hectare theme park as its unique selling proposition.
A study by the National Statistics Office (NSO) counted a total of 14,998 hotels and restaurants in the Philippines as of 2009. Results of the 2009 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) show that of the total, hotels and other accommodation facilities accounted for 1,650 or 11.0 percent. The rest of the 13,348 establishments are either restaurants, bars, canteens or other drinking and eating places.
Employment in the hotel and restaurant sector reached 290,672 as of 2009. Of the total employment, 283,171 or 97.4 percent were paid employees and the rest, 7,501 or 2.6 percent, were working owners and unpaid workers.
DONSOL, Sorsogon (April 19, 2007) – This coastal town, which calls itself the whale shark capital of the world, was shocked to hear that Julia Campbell, the friendly US Peace Corps volunteer who used to walk and ride bicycle daily around the town proper to teach children and lecture on saving the habitat was dead.