How do you think was the Philippine tourism’s performance during the first quarter (January-March) of 2009? The Department of Tourism released its quarterly report for us to know what our tourism industry is coping with the amidst the changes in the global environment.
Expansion and Creation of New Hotels and Resorts Mean More Employment
A total of 1,231 rooms were opened which employed 1,286 people. The total cost of those new rooms built were Php 8.016 Billion. The major tourist spots in the Philippines expanded their room supplies and facilities. These resorts were Imperial Palace Water Park, Resort and Spa (Cebu; opened 2009) , San Remigio Beach Club (Cebu), Shangri-la (Boracay), Amanpulo Tourism Enterprise Zone (Palawan). Some hotels in Manila expanded too such as Legend International’s Park, Bed and Breakfast Hotel, Eurotel Hotel Branch in Makati, and Oakwood Serviced Residences.
There are still hotels and resorts that are about to open additional rooms by the end of this year such as:
- Manila Ocean Park (120 rooms) – Manila
- The Picasso Serviced Residences (136 rooms) – Manila
- Newport Marriott Hotel (342 rooms) – Manila
- Maxims Hotel (178 rooms) – Manila
- Radisson Hotel (400 rooms) – Cebu
- Crowne Regency (449) – Boracay
- Phonex Hotel (130 rooms) – Boracay
- Boracay Regency Lagoon (120 rooms) – Boracay
- Seven Stones (100 rooms) – Boracay
- Grand Water (100 rooms) – Boracay
- Microtel Inns and Suites (50 rooms) – Puerto Princesa
- Summer Ridge (108 rooms) – Tagaytay
- Discovery Bay Misibis (82 rooms) – Albay
Aside from hotels and resorts expanding, the Department of Tourism has also endorsed projects that are yet to be created. These projects will be able to create more than 6000 jobs for the locals, this is not including the indirect employment for each project. These big development projects are luxury spa and resort in Diwaran Island, Palawan and the construction of restaurant, hotel and marine facility in Subic.
New Tourist Products
The Philippines don’t only have beaches and historical spots here. There are also new tourist activities that can be done aside from beach bumming and looking at historical sites. Wakeboarding is fastly becoming mainstream here in the Philippines. Lago del Rey, one of the biggest man-made lakes in the Philippines and located in Camarines Sur, just opened its doors to the tourists who want to do water activities, especially wakeboarding. For the kite-surfing enthusiasts, it can now already be done in Sta Ana, Cagayan. As for the bird-watching enthusiasts, the notable sites for that are Balanga Ciy, Candaba Swamp, Paitan Lake, Pantabangan Dam, Puerto Princesa, Hundred Islands National Park, Subic Bay, Olango Island and Mount Apo. For those who want to sea-kayak, it can be done in Hundred Islands, Pangasinan.
Increase in Travel
Cebu (32%) has the most number of visitors for the first quarter of 2009 followed by Boracay, Davao City (11.9%), Camarines Sur (11%), Zambales (7%), and Bohol (5%).