New hotel in Palawan
by Lailany P. Gomez
Two foreign hotel chain operators have opened new branches in Palawan and Manila, amid increased demand for budget travel packages and business travels.
Movenpick Hotels and Resorts said in a statement it would manage Huma Island Resort, a private island in Palawan. The resort is one of the 15 new hotels to be opened by Movenpick across Asia by 2015.
Movenpick chief operating officer Andreas Mattmuller for the Middle East and Asia said the region has been a major focus for expansion by the Swiss company.
Tune Hotels also opened its first Manila hotel in Ermita. The hotel has 167 rooms, including 117 double, 48 twin sharing and two wheelchair- friendly rooms.
“We are very excited with the opening of Tunes Hotel Ermita, our very first hotel in the capital city. With three more Tune Hotels coming up in Manila this year and next, Manila will be a very important growth center for our regional expansion,” said Tune Hotel’s chief executive Mark Lankester.
Lankester said Tune Hotels Ermita is expected to attract Filipino “balikbayan” who make annual trips back to Manila every year.
Tune Hotels opened a chain in Angeles City in Pampanga in February that serves as an airport hotel for the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark.
(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/March/21)
via Manila Standard Today.