Tune Hotels sets foot on Philippine shores with opening of Angeles Hotel-A A +A
Friday, February 10, 2012
ANGELES CITY -- Global value hotel chain Tune Hotels has spread its wings to the Philippines with the official opening of Tune Hotel Angeles City here Friday.
The 165-room hotel is designed to be an airport hotel, providing convenience to passengers of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, also known as the Clark Airfield which is just 10 minutes’ drive away. The airport is also the hub for Philippine-based low cost carrier AirAsia Inc. (Philippines) that will start flying to domestic and international destinations soon.
Group CEO of Tune Hotels, Mark Lankester, said: “We are very delighted to have finally established our first hotel in the Philippines right here in Angeles City, Pampanga. We would like to thank the local governments of Angeles and Pampanga, the Philippine Government and its agencies especially the Department of Tourism for their continuous support towards Tune Hotels. More Tune Hotels will be opening in the Philippines and we are excited to participate and play a key role in the robustly growing tourism and travel industry of the Philippines.”
“With over 7,000 beautiful islands, the Philippines is a vastly popular travel destination, not just with international travelers but also with the local market. Year on year, there has been significant growth in travelling to the Philippines from soaking up the sun on the world renowned beaches of Cebu to experiencing the Filipino culture at the heart of Manila. We see a huge potential in the Philippine market and that is why we are here,” added Mark.
Tune Hotels is part of Tune Group, a lifestyle business conglomerate co-founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, who are the Group CEO and Deputy Group CEO respectively of Asia’s largest low cost carrier AirAsia.
The Tune Hotel Angeles City is owned and operated by Red Planet Hotels under a franchise agreement with Tune Hotels for the development of Tune Hotels in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.
Red Planet Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hansing, said the Angeles City property was the first of the company’s plans to expand the brand across key cities in the Philippines.
“Angeles is just the beginning for what we have planned for the Tune Hotels concept in the Philippines,” Hansing said.
“We have hotels under construction and close to opening in Cebu and Ermita and they will closely be followed by Makati. We will soon be making further exciting announcements about our plans for more hotels in the country,” he added.
“With Clark International Airport lobbying strongly for expansion and more flights coming through the airfield, we feel this hotel is perfectly positioned as the newest international brand in the city to be Tune Hotels’ latest success story,” Hansing said.
Conveniently located along the hotel and restaurant stretch of Friendship Road, Tune Hotel Angeles City is also 10 minutes by car to the Clark Freeport Zone, a former US Airbase that has been redeveloped with modern infrastructure facilities to be transformed into an airport-driven urban center perfect for the requirements of high-end IT enabled industries, aviation and logistics related enterprises, tourism and other sectors.
Angeles is approximately 80 kilometers north of Manila and can be reached within an hour by car or air-conditioned bus.
Tune Hotel Angeles City is the first of seven hotels scheduled for opening by Red Planet Hotels and Tune Hotels in the Philippines from now through to 2013.
The Angeles opening will be immediately followed by a hotel in Cebu on February 23 and Ermita on March 9. Future locations include Makati, Ortigas and Quezon City in Manila; and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.
Including Angeles City, there are now 17 Tune Hotels globally - ten in Malaysia; two in Bali, Indonesia; two in Thailand; two in London, England and one in the Philippines.
Adding to these properties will be another 30 hotels scheduled for opening this year in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and the UK.
Tune Hotels has successfully pioneered a branded value hotel brand with the concept of pay-as-you-use that has become hugely popular amongst travelers from across the world.
Under the concept, guests only pay for room rates with the option of adding on other amenities like towels and toiletries, air-conditioning, in-room wifi and satellite TV service at selected hotels.
Tune Hotels has received over three million guests since the opening of its first hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur in 2007.
Apart from enjoying great value, great savings at Tune Hotels, guests can also enhance their benefits and privileges by becoming a member of the BIG loyalty programme, of which Tune Hotels is a partner.
BIG is a global loyalty programme that allows card members to accumulate points when travelling and shopping with BIG partners worldwide, and redeem the accumulated points for exciting rewards including flight seats on the world’s best low cost carrier, AirAsia. More information on BIG is available at www.tune2big.com.
For booking and further information, visit www.tunehotels.com/philippines. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 11, 2012.