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Some 1.7 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in January to April 2014, representing a growth of 2.9 percent from a year ago, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).
The 2.9-percent increase in international visitor arrivals in the four-month period this year, however, was slower than 10.1-percent rise in 2013, 14.6 percent in 2012, 13.3 percent in 2011 and 10.1 percent in 2010.
Ayala Land Inc. has opened a Seda Hotel at Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The 150-room Seda hotel in Laguna combines the features of a city hotel and a resort to cater to a booming metropolis, ALI’s unit AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts (AHRC) said.
The opening of Nuvali hotel has increased Seda’s total inventory in the Philippines to 815 rooms in just 14 months since the launch of its flagship property in Bonifacio Global City.
Hyatt will be the third hotel brand that will locate at the US$1.26-billion City of Dreams Manila.
Hong Kong-listed Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. said the Hyatt brand follows the Crown Towers Hotel and Nobu Hotel that will also rise within the complex, which is scheduled to open by the third quarter of the year.
Go Hotels will open three new branches this year, bringing the total number of budget hotels in its network to 10.
Go Hotels sales and marketing Assistant Manager Adrian Ong said a branch in Ortigas Center, near Robinsons Galleria is set for opening in August, while the Butuan and Davao City hotels will start operations before the year ends.
SM Prime Holdings Inc.’s hotel unit is spending PhP2.5 billion to double the number of hotels under its portfolio to 10 by 2018 to tap the vast potential of tourism in the country.
SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. President Elizabeth Sy said the company has identified Clark, North Edsa, Iloilo, Bacolod and another location as the next sites for hotel projects. She said one hotel project would cost about PhP500 million.
Businessman Alfredo Yao is investing PhP1.5 billion to expand the capacity of luxury resort Sol Marina Resort on Boracay Island, as part of plans to scale up his tourism-oriented real estate portfolio.
Apart from the expansion of Sol Marina in Boracay, Mr. Yao said he is bringing the Sol Marina brand to Coron in Palawan and would put up a hotel under a different brand in Baguio City.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has unveiled a historical marker at the newly-reopened Luneta Hotel in Manila.
Luneta Hotel was reconstructed jointly by its private owners and the NHCP. Because it was considered a historical site, NHCP ensured that every detail of the hotel since it first opened for business in 1918 was restored.
Five foreign airlines are scheduled to transfer their operations to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA3) in August 2014, upon the completion of the ongoing PhP1.9 billion retrofitting and rehabilitation project.
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said foreign airlines expected to move to NAIA3 in August include Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM, and Delta Airlines.
San Miguel Corp. has proposed to build a US$10-billion modern international airport on a 1,600-hectare part of Manila Bay in Parañaque, Las Piñas and Bacoor, Cavite over a period of five to seven years.
San Miguel President and COO Ramon Ang said the planned airport project would be designed to have four runways capable of handling 150 million passengers annually and could accommodate 250 takeoffs and landings per hour. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has a capacity of only 40 takeoffs and landings per hour, he said.