Shangri-La adds facilities for outdoor activities

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Monday, March 10, 2014


FIVE star hotel resort Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa has added more recreational activities to attract more guests and expand its health and wellness offering.

The resort recently launched its Jogging Trail and Zipline Park at the Ocean Terraces.

While these outdoor activities can be done with families or group of friends, Tommy Kennington, the resort’s director for sports and recreation, told reporters last Friday they are eyeing the Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibition (Mice) as potential market for the new “Adventures in Paradise” offering.

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Teambuilding

“These new amenities are great for teambuilding,” said Kennington.

The 400-meter jogging trail features numerous training stations, he said. Access to the jogging trail is complimentary for in-house guests.

The resort also offers a 40-feet above the ground and 80-meter stretch zipline with the view of the Mactan Channel. Single rides are available at P150 while two rides are priced at P200.

With the addition of these recreational facilities, the resort said it has enhanced its group packages from more “enthusiastic stays” and offered “comprehensive range of corporate-oriented programs designed to boost motivation, encourage collaboration and amplify synergy.”

According to Kennington, teambuilding arrangements can be customized to suit a company’s requirement. He said among the activities they will push are traditional Filipino games, health and wellness exercises and other sports activities.

Kennington said putting in place outdoor activities is part of the resort’s thrust to improve the resort experience of their guests. These activities will also help the company remain competitive amid the proliferation of new resorts in Mactan and Cebu.

“It’s no longer enough that guests enjoy the beach and the food. They would also like to do worthwhile activities while inside the resort. These outdoor activities are a good connection between family members, friends, or even team members of the company,” said Kennington.

Travel trend

He said the trend in travel and tourism has already evolved and that indoor and outdoor activities also matter to young travelers when picking which resort or hotel to stay when on vacation.

The resort is getting more teambuilding inquiries from corporate clients.

Shangri-La’s Mactan ended 2013 with average occupancy of 70 percent.

Mildred Amon, the resort’s director for communications said they had a good start for 2014 with average occupancy of 70 percent to 80 percent since January. The resort is bracing for the influx of local and foreign tourists for the Holy Week.

Korea, Japan and the domestic markets remain the top market of the resort.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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