New hotels seen to further boost tourism in Boracay, Tagaytay
Tourism and leisure township developer Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI), a subsidiary brand of property giant Megaworld, is expected to complete five hotels in its townships in Boracay and Alfonso, Batangas near Tagaytay in the next three years.
Four of these hotels are within Boracay Newcoast, a 150-hectare integrated tourism and leisure township in Boracay Island, while the other one will be in Twin Lakes, a 1,200-hectare development near Tagaytay.
The company is spending around P10-billion to build the five hotels, which will offer a total of 1,850 rooms including multi-level retail spaces.
In Boracay Newcoast, the completed and fully-operational Fairways and Bluewater leads these hotels, followed by Savoy Hotel Boracay finishing this year, Belmont Hotel Boracay in 2018, and Chancellor Hotel Boracay in 2019.
The Twin Lakes Hotel in Tagaytay, on the other hand, will complete next year, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the Taal Lake and a real vineyard surrounding the development.
“One of GERI’s forefront roles in nation-building is to support the country’s tourism industry. We will strive to maintain our leadership in integrated tourism and leisure estates as Boracay Newcoast and Twin Lakes mature and become fully operational. With our new hotels, we hope to accommodate at least 700,000 tourists yearly in Boracay and Tagaytay,” says Monica Salomon, President, Global-Estate Resorts, Inc.
A report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that foreign tourist arrivals this year would hit 5.5 million with an annual growth of 6.6%. This means that by 2026, foreign tourist arrivals will reach 9.19 million. This is on top of the 40 million domestic tourists who spend more on travel and leisure in the last five years.
“In Boracay alone, we hope to capture around 20-30 percent of the tourism market when our hotels become fully operational. Our vast Boracay Newcoast township will set the bar of a world-class island destination that Filipinos will be proud of, as far as facilities and infrastructure are concerned,” reveals Salomon.
This year, Megaworld GERI aims to maintain its 30% annual net income growth target by launching new projects in Boracay Newcoast and Twin Lakes.