We Need More Hotels-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE momentum of the city should be sustained. Let us unleash the full potentials of the City of San Fernando.
Our Giant Lantern Festival just bagged a National Award. Tourists flock to see the colorful and giant lanterns. The lantern of the Fernandinos is one of a kind. It is a sight to see. The lights dance with the cadence of the music. You are transported to a place where Christmas is celebrated like no other. The lanterns should be used as jumping boards to other attractions of the City.
Food, sumptuous food is the "in" thing. Pampango cuisine is admittedly the best in this part of the world. We can make the Paskuhan Village alive again. The Village is strategically located in between SM and the big firms of the City. Why not reactivate it? For me, we can entice all kakanin makers (suman and bibingka) to sell their wares in the Village.
We can offer the legitimate food vendors free space to introduce their products. We are sure that San Pedro and Sta. Lucia workers would grab the opportunity to be a part of this tourism project. The unique products of Razon Halo-Halo and Susie's delicacies should be given primary billings in the Village. Let us make the Paskuhan the center for food and delicacies for local and foreign tourists now!
The need for a de luxe hotel comes into focus. City of San Fernando is lagging behind in this business compared to Angeles City. At present, Angeles has more than fifty (50) hotels whereas you can count with your fingers the hotels in City of San Fernando. Presently, Angeles City has five times more hotel facilities per person compared to the City of San Fernando. The hotel scene in the City of San Fernando is dormant.
Remember that City of San Fernando is the Regional Government Center for Central Luzon.
Officers of big multinational companies like SanMiguel Corporation, Zuellig, Robina and McDonalds spend days and nights here. We have the biggest complement of banking institutions. The executives of these firms are potential markets.
Tourism can only be viable if additional first class hotels are built in the City.
The City calls for civic minded businessmen to build more rooms for tourism.
Lately, the city granted incentive benefits to Best Western Hotel, a three star hotel. We are sure more businessmen are willing to follow suit. The city awaits them. This is an opportunity that should not be missed.
We need to build more hotels to spur the growth of the "Fernando First."
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 29, 2013.