Category: Review

B Hotel Alabang

A new 152-room hotel has opened in Alabang, Muntinlupa City to meet the needs and specifications of the business traveller. B Hotel is the latest addition to Bellevue Hotels and Resorts that aims to provide business executives with a perfect deal.
The three-star hotel is situated near industrial parks, information technology and business process outsourcing zones as well as various leisure spots. "B Hotel is a 'no-frills' type of establishment. We offer affordable rates for the business travellers who are conscious about travel costs. Although the rates are lower than those of other Bellevue Hotels, guests can still expect the usual warm friendly service we call the Bellevue Touch," said Mr. Patrick Chan, general manager of B Hotel.
B Hotel, which took PhP500 million to build, is a direct investment of the Chan family, which is on the lookout for other sites to expand the Bellevue brand.

Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & Spa

Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & SpaA Korean group, which is constructing a 616-room resort hotel complex in Lapu Lapu City, has unveiled its plan to also construct a retirement village and a golf course in the coastal town of Cordova located at the southeastern tip of Mactan Island, Cebu.

Clark tourism estate

Donggwang Clark Corp. (DCC), a Korean company, is building a tourism estate on a 304-hectare property in Clark that will include a hotel, a 36-hole golf course, a water park, a chool and a shopping arcade. “The leisure community project will increase tourism and economic activities in the region and to provide employment and job creation during construction and operation phases of the project,” said DCC chairman Lee Shin Kun.

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu

Radisson Blu Hotel, a 400-room five-star hotel, is set to open in Cebu City.  Built by SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. at a cost of PhP3 billion, Radisson Hotel will be managed by global hospitality and travel firm Carlson.

Bloomberry Hotel

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc. has announced the first concrete pouring for its US$1 billion Entertainment City Project in Parañaque City.  The project is expected to generate some 4,000 jobs once it starts operations by the third or fourth quarter of 2012. 

Zest Air flights

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.

Sol Haven de San Mateo


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.


Hotels in the Philippines

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.

Boracay Newcoast Project

Global Estate Resorts Inc. has launched two additional projects at Boracay Newcoast, a 150-hectare mixed-use leisure and resort development.  These projects are the Oceanway Residences 1 & Oceanway Residences 2, a cluster of seven modern residential condominiums and Boracay Savoy Hotel, which is envisioned to become the Ibiza of Asia.

Robinsons hotels

Robinsons Land Corp. plans to build 30 budget hotels in five years to meet increased demand. Company president Frederick Go said Go Hotel, the first budget hotel, which had a soft opening in Mandaluyong City early this year, had stimulated “excellent demand” and was “often fully booked,” Go said as he formally opened the company’s Go Hotel. Mr. Go said each of the planned hotels will have 100 to 200 rooms.