Tourists, businessmen want bigger hotels in San Fernando-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Tourists and local stakeholders are one in saying that the this capital city needs to encourage the building of bigger and better hotels that can serve both local and foreign tourists if it is serious in its tourism and development program.
Recently, some businessmen here have argued that the city lacks hotels than can cater to the needs of local and foreign tourists as well for bigger functions and events in the city.
Realtor Carla Espinosa said that hotels would surely increase economic revenues of the city and spur employment and business opportunities in the area. She added that good hotel facilities are a come on for big events and for tourist wanting to explore the capital city and nearby towns.
Frequent traveler Jeffrey Bonifacio told Sun.Star Pampanga that the city government should provide incentives to businessmen and encourage big investments on leisure facilities. He added that a hotel facility is a proof that the tourism industry in an area is a sunshine industry with potentials for development.
"People coming into Pampanga would rather stay inside Clark or Angeles City even though the rest of the province have historical, eco and leisure attractions just because of the reason that the capital city lacks good hotels," Bonifacio said.
Currently, the city hosts a couple of small hotels but these however fail to cater to the needs of big event functions and lack the amenities of bigger hotels inside Clark and Angeles City.
Espinosa said that hotel investments are also a come on for other support investments. Businesses like restaurants and specialty shops, tourism attractions and local small entrepreneurs are the direct beneficiaries in the operation of big hotels.
This is notwithstanding the local jobs that these facilities generate.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 20, 2013.