Cebu City hotels full for Sinulog

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


HOTEL rooms in Cebu City are full, mostly booked by tourists for the Sinulog Festival next weekend.

Charlene Go, public relations manager of Cebu City Marriott Hotel, said occupancy of their hotel is starting to increase daily all the way up to Sinulog.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu reported it is already full for Sinulog weekend.

“Majority of the hotels in the city are running high, starting on Jan. 17,” said Cenelyn Manguilimotan, president of Hotels, Resorts and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) in a phone interview yesterday.

“The hotel’s occupancy for the Sinulog weekend on Jan. 17-19 is already at 95 percent and we are expecting the number to reach 100 percent as the weekend draws nearer.

The hotel has a good mix of foreign and local guests attending Sinulog,” said Ann Olalo, director of Sales and Marketing of Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu.

Manguilimotan said majority of the hotels are all set for the festival.

Sinulog, which is celebrated every third week of January is Cebu’s biggest draw for tourists. Local and foreign tourists come to Cebu to experience the Sinulog merriment which almost lasts for a month, hotel players said.

Rowena Montecillo, regional director of the Department of Tourism 7, in earlier interviews said, the first quarter of the year is the strongest for Cebu’s tourism with Sinulog as the biggest tourism attractor.

Sinulog kits

Go reported Cebu City Marriott Hotel is already 100 percent prepared for the influx of guests. Best Western Lex Cebu general manager Bernard Tanchan, on the other hand, said they are already fully-booked.

Given the expected inlfux of guests, hotel establishments have lined up activities for Cebu’s biggest festival.

“We have prepared various activities to entertain local and foreign guests such as face painting and the performances of Sinulog dancers,” said Go.

The hotel, she added, will also provide Sinulog kits that contains maps, information about the festival and city events, and a survival kit.

Manguilimotan, who is the general manager of Cebu Parklane International Hotel said they will showcase Cebuano cuisines through an event dubbed as Pasundayag Sugbu on Jan. 17. She said guests will also have a preview of the Sinulog dance performances.

Aside from face painting and the Sinulog dance performances, Janine Vienna Matig-a, sales and marketing manager of Best Western Lex Cebu said they will take advantage of the Sinulog revelry by putting up booth to sell refreshments and pastries.

She also assured guests that their hotel rooms are in good condition and they have prepared stand-by rooms for back-up.

Kyra Cabaero, public relations/media communications manager of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu said they are offering Sinulog add-on to their room package, that includes transfers to and from the Marco Polo Plaza grandstand at scheduled times, face painting, parade amenities and seating at the hotel’s grandstand in Mango Avenue.

Olalo, on the other hand, said that Radisson’s food and beverage outlets will have Cebuano themed offerings during the Sinulog week to cater to their guests.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 10, 2014.

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