At the First Tourism Jobs Fair held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on April 6 to 8 , Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said more than 34,000 jobs are available to college graduates in Manila, Cebu and Davao in the first quarter of 2006 alone.
The Farm at San Benito in Lipa City, Batangas has been recognised as one of the region’s finest destination for its detox retreats and living foods cuisine by the Wall Street Journal. It described the Farm as pioneer in raw and vegan cuisine in Asia and cited its organic plantation that produces much of its vegan food and spa ingredients.
Global Hotel and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GHLPI) has opened a hotel called Segara Suites in Subic Bay Freeport. Segara Suites managing director Dave Baldeo said the 18-room luxury hotel has been added to the 10 units of the Segara Villas.
Marriott Manila has opened a new space for its events. Located at the Newport City, Marriott Manila said its Garden View offers a variety of banquet and conference facilities. It features three function rooms that can accommodate both social and corporate events.
Araneta Group and Accord have started the construction of Novotel Manila Araneta Centre a PhP2.5-billion hotel in Cubao, Quezon City. The project is expected to be completed by 2014.
The 415-room hotel is located within the 90-hectare Araneta Centre, a commercial, entertainment and multipurpose complex owned and managed by the Araneta Group in Cubao. The Novotel will be the first deluxe businessman’s hotel development in Quezon City that will cater to local and foreign businessmen as well as the middle-income market.
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.
Three hotels in the Philippines have been recognised in the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards of TripAdvisor, a popular travel ratings website. Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu and Discovery Shores in Boracay were included in the Top 25 Hotels for Families–Asia. Shangri-La Mactan ranked sixth, while Discovery Shores landed in 24th place.
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.