THE continuing boom in Philippine tourism finds Mactan Island in need of new hotel rooms or it will lose guests to other local destinations, a hotelier warned.
“With the overexcitement about the Philippines now, the five to six major hotels in Mactan is not enough to welcome the whole world,” said Harold Rainfroy, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, at the sidelines of the launching of Vanille Salèe menu last Wednesday, which will be offered from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21.
“We need to build more rooms to satisfy demand,” he added.
Hembler Mendoza, Lapu-Lapu City’s tourism officer, yesterday said that there are at least 79 hospitality establishments in Mactan or at least 5,000 hotel rooms as of 2016.
Resort hotels in Mactan, according to Rainfroy, have reported full occupancy since December last year. Mövenpick, for instance, has logged 96 percent occupancy rate in the last three months.
Rainfroy added that while Mactan Island is attracting more guests, it has become a victim of its own success. He said the historic resort city is experiencing a shortage of rooms with the volume of arrivals.
“It is welcoming that there are new players coming in. We hope to have more branded hotels here to attract all market segments, especially those high spenders,” he said.
Rainfroy stressed that while the entry of new resort players in Mactan would result in tighter competition, this would also bring more marketing promotions for Mactan Island and Cebu.
He downplayed the negative effects the current traffic conditions may bring to Mactan’s tourism.
“Surely, it (traffic) slightly kills the reputation of the destination, but for resorts, all we need is good weather. As long as we have the sun, guests would no longer need to be in the city,” he said.
The 245-room hotel is aiming to capture a good blend of foreign guests to log a good occupancy year round.
“We cannot just be a hotel dedicated to one or two nationalities. We need to have a good blend of guests because people from all over the world would want to see diversity,” said Rainfroy. “When people see that, they would all the more feel that they are on vacation.”
He added that new markets will save the hotel from losses should there be political or security issues.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 17, 2017.
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