P50M luxury hotel soon to rise in Leyte-A A +A
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
DRIVEN by increasing number of tourists to Kalanggaman Island, a local investor will initially invest P50 million in building a luxury hotel in Palompon, Leyte, the first of its kind in the town.
Warblitz Martinez, president of the Palompon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that their family will initially invest P50 million in building a five star hotel this year, soon after securing a go signal from the local government unit.
“Foreign tourists have been demanding for an accommodation in mainland of Palompon. Right now, they have to travel to Tacloban City or Ormoc City for an overnight stay. This will spur economic activities in the mainland,” Martinez said.
The 100-room hotel will rise within a 22-hectare seaside MA Sports Park property in Barangay Mazawalo in Palompon.
The family of Martinez operates a catering service, a restobar, and an aquamarine production business in Palompon.
“There’s a big potential for hotel business in Palompon. A lot of foreign tourists have been coming to Kalanggaman Island. In 2012 alone, the local government has earned P80 million from registration and entrance fees,” she claimed.
Kalanggaman Island, a one hour boat ride from the mainland, is a postcard-perfect virgin island endowed with powder white sand and crystal clear waters. It has a long sandbar that is stretching on both sides of the island.
Last year, the destination was visited by 1,239 foreigners and 10,751 domestic tourists, according to the Department of Tourism.
Hotels in the famous Malapascua Island in Cebu province also offer tour packages to Kalanggaman, just two hours boat ride from there.
The town of Palompon is about three hours by bus from Tacloban City, and about two hours from Ormoc City.
Delia Corsiga, chief of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional investment promotion division, said that the new investment is a result of their series of meeting with the local business sector employing value chain approach.
“We have been working closely with the private sector on how to upgrade the tourism development areas. The local chamber expressed their high interest to understand better what the tourism opportunities in the area are,” Corsiga said.
With the presence of an accommodation facility, tourists will stay longer in the area, thus opening better market opportunities for local food processors and makers of souvenir items.
Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said they are eyeing the process of making products as a potential tourism asset.
“Fish deboning is a unique activity and foreign visitors will find it interesting to engage on it,” Tiopes added.
The town has been shipping boneless danggit to Cebu-based malls. It is a popular by-product of Siganidae or the rabbit fishes, which 20 species are reported to be indigenous in the Palompon waters particularly in the intertidal and sub-tidal zones. Rural workers in the town also make baskets, shell crafts, and mats. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)