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Filinvest building luxury hotel

Filinvest Development Corp. plans to build a 200-room luxury hotel on Boracay island, which will be the third under its homegrown Crimson hospitality brand, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The first Crimson hotel is located at Mactan while a second Crimson hotel opened in 2012 in Filinvest City, Alabang.  “All is set and go for the planning of our Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay,” FDC president Josephine Gotianun-Yap said.

In 2012, the group also opened a new hotel brand—the Quest Hotel and Conference Centre Cebu. “By opening two new hotels within the year, the company made waves in the hospitality industry in 2012,” Ms. Yap said.

FDC’s hotels are managed by Filiarchipelago Hospitality Inc. (FHI), a 60-40 percent joint venture with Aston International of Singapore. The venture had 1,062 rooms under its management as of end-2012.

Ms. Yap said the group is on the lookout for new areas to develop for the hospitality business. “We’re looking. Of course, Palawan is also important and so is Bohol. Those are the key areas but we have to find the right property,” she said.

Rockwell eyes hotel management

Rockwell Land Corp. is set to enter into hotel management in 2014 as the company hopes to expand its portfolio, according to a report by BusinessMirror.

Rockwell Land president and CEO Nestor Padilla said the Lopez property development firm will announce the brand of its hotel group by the end of the year.

“We’re looking beyond running our own serviced apartments and we’d like to be able to have a serviced apartments and hotel management. We don’t have a name for that yet but we [will] know by second half of the year,” Mr. Padilla said. “It [the hotel brand] would be used on hotel and pension houses that will be run Rockwell style.”

The company’s Edades Serviced Apartments in Rockwell Centre in Makati City is expected to start operations by the first quarter of next year.

Robinsons opens new hotel

Robinsons Land Corp., the property development arm of the Gokongwei Group, has recently opened the sixth branch of Go Hotels in Paco, Manila, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.

Robinsons Land said Go Hotels Otis became the second branch in Metro Manila and the sixth nationwide of value hotel chain Gohotels.ph.  The latest branch is located along Paz Guazon Street, on the fifth level of Robinsons Otis Mall and beside the company’s residential development called Otis 888 Residences.

Go Hotels Otis has 118 rooms, bringing the total rooms in the Go Hotel network to over 700 rooms.  Go Hotel is a service hotel brand that provides no-frills yet quality accommodations across the Philippines.

“The new Go Hotels Otis - Manila boasts of an upgrade in amenities to enhance the experience of guests at no extra cost,” said Gohotels.ph general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio.

Widus Resort expands

Widus Resort Casino plans to add 114 more rooms, as it expects more tourists and passengers in Clark Freeport, according to a report by BusinessMirror.

Clark International Airport (CIA) said the passenger volume increased 62 percent in both international and domestic flights in the first quarter of 2013 compared to last year.

Widus general manager Alfred M. Reyes said they are preparing for the arrival of more tourists and passengers at Clark.  He said construction of the building for the new rooms is ongoing and is expected to be completed by October in time for the start of the Emirates’ non-stop daily flights between Dubai and Clark.

The hotel now has 119 rooms, with occupancy rate of 80 percent to 90 percent during peak seasons.  “In a few months when Emirates and other airlines begin to operate, our rooms will not be enough,” said Mr. Reyes.

SM group boosts hotel line

The SM group plans to build one new hotel property in the country each year, mostly under the mid-scale Park Inn brand, to harness growing opportunities in the Philippines’ tourism sector, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. (SMHCC) executive vice president Reynaldo Villar said after the opening in March of the first Park Inn by Radisson in Davao that added 204 rooms to the group’s hotel portfolio, next in the pipeline are Clark in Pampanga and Bacolod and Iloilo in the Visayas.

“The plan is to build one property a year and we’re looking at areas where we have malls because that’s our anchor,” Mr. Villar said.

Mr. Villar said the Park Inn hotel to be built by SMHCC in Clark is a 175-200-room property targetted to open by the end of next year, near the SM mall in the area.  He said Park Inn Iloilo is still on the drawing board.

The SM group has also signed up international hotelier Hilton Worldwide to run its future flagship hotel—a luxury 350-room hotel property – Conrad Manila – that will open to the public at the MOA complex by mid-2015.  This will be the first property in the country under the Conrad brand, Hilton Worldwide’s global luxury brand.

Other hotels in SMHCC’s portfolio are Radisson Blu in Cebu, Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay, and Pico Sands at Hamilo’s Pico de Loro Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Revillame building hotel

Television show host Wilfredo “Willie” Revillame is taking a “vacation” from the entertainment industry to build an upscale hotel in Tagayatay City overlooking its famous lake, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The five-star hotel will have 35 to 40 rooms as well as villas that can house as many as 30 people.   “In business, tourism is the best. It supports airlines, hotels and showcases the beaches and other natural attractions of the Philippines,” he said.

Mr. Revillame said he also plans to expand his private jet business to include a new US$11 million plane. The host already owns a 30-seat German-made Dornier 328, acquired for US$5 million, which he leases out to VIPs and serves as recurring income.  He also owns an events venue in Quezon City called Wil’s Events Place.

New World Hotel changes name

Hong Kong-based New World Hospitality, a rapidly expanding international hotel management company whose portfolio includes ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, deluxe New World Hotels and neighbourhood lifestyle pentahotels, is changing its name to Rosewood Hotel Group.

“As Rosewood is the group’s marquee brand, and the one whose properties are most widely represented geographically, we feel it is more appropriate for the company to adopt the Rosewood name,” said Sonia Cheng, the group’s CEO.

Rosewood Hotel Group’s portfolio consists of 40 hotels in 14 countries that are operated and marketed as three independent brands.

New World Hotels has properties in Dalian, Shanghai, Wuhan, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila, with an affiliated hotel in Shunde.

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