IN ITS bid to boost patronage of truly Filipino brand hotels in Western Visayas and other parts of the country, Megaworld Hotels has introduced its membership privilege card called Club Access.
Richmonde Hotel Iloilo general manager Natalie Lim, who led the launching of Club Access at the said hotel in Iloilo City Tuesday, November 13, said the privilege card is giving people the opportunity to patronize local brand hotels.
Lim, also the Club Access spokesperson, said Filipinos can also match, if not surpass, the services of other brands in terms of products and services delivery.
"We are proud to say that we patronize the Philippines, we patronize our very own," she said, adding that "this card gives us the most number of privileges, the most number of locally owned hotels."
Available at P6, 999 worth of one-time membership fee, Club Access is an exclusive membership privilege card packed with perks and discounts from among Megaworld's hotel brands nationwide.
Member-cardholders can use the non-transferable card for an entire year. They are entitled to discounts on dining, rooms even during a special promotion, amenities, and other hotel services.
Participating in this privilege program are six existing and 10 soon-to-open Megaworld homegrown hotel brands in the country.
Existing hotel brands include Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, Belmont Hotel Manila, Savoy Hotel Manila, and Savoy Hotel Boracay.
Other hotels which will soon be part of the program are Twin Lakes Hotel Tagaytay, Chinatown Hotel in Binondo, Savoy Hotel Mactan, Belmont Hotel Mactan Newtown, Belmont Hotel Boracay, Chancellor Hotel Boracay, Kingsford Hotel, Grand Westside Hotel in Westside City, the recently announced Belmont Hotel Iloilo, and the Upper East Hotel in Bacolod City.
"What we are doing here is to provide best facilities and fully Filipino-owned and homegrown hotels in the entire Western Visayas," Megaworld senior assistant vice president and head of public relations and media affairs Harold Brian Geronimo said.
Geronimo said the firm will have 16 local hotels by 2021.
"Thus, we have the most number of hotels to participate in terms of privilege card within the Philippines," Geronimo added.
The Club Access card gives members almost five complimentary nights worth of stay.
These include one complimentary overnight stay in a standard room at any Megaworld Hotel; one 50 percent room discount voucher at any Megaworld Hotel; one 50 percent room discount each at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Belmont Hotel Manila, Savoy Hotel Manila, and Savoy Hotel Boracay; and two complimentary upgrades to the next room category at all participating hotels.
Aside from these, cardholders get unlimited 20 percent discount on best available rates in all types of rooms, inclusive of breakfast for two.
On promotional rates and special holidays, meanwhile, members can still get 10 percent discount on all types of rooms inclusive of breakfast for two.
Lim said that for every stay in the hotel, members will receive an exclusive welcome amenities.
There will also be a priority lane for Club Access members so they do not need to queue in long lines for check-ins and check-outs, Lim said.
"Club Access is really designed for the quintessential traveler, someone who wants to experience the best accommodations our hotels can offer in several key destinations," she said, adding that "it is perfect for people who love being pampered and know that they deserve the best."
Megaworld Hotels also positioned the privilege card to help boost tourism, especially in Western Visayas.
Megaworld Iloilo vice president for sales and marketing Jennifer Palmares Fong, who was also present at the launching, said the program is really an "asset" especially to Ilonggos as Iloilo City is poised to become a Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events (Mice) and travel destination hub.
Moreover, the Club Access supports 100 percent Filipino hotel chains.
The company said members can indulge in the finest local cuisines for free at all participating food and beverage outlets from any of its hotel chain when accompanied by one paying guest.
Member plus two guests, meanwhile, get 30 percent discount on the total bill; member plus three guests at 25 percent; member plus four to 19 guests at 20 percent discount; and even members dining alone automatically get 30 percent.
During special occasions and holidays, members can still get unlimited 10 percent discounts on their total food and beverage bills.
Other perks that can be availed by members are 10 percent off on spa treatments, 20 percent off on gym annual membership fees, and 20 percent off on day pass use of swimming pool for up to four persons excluding in Savoy Hotel Manila.
Other complimentary include non-motorized water sports activities for maximum of two hours in Savoy Hotel Boracay; wash and press laundry services for up to three pieces of clothing excluding dry cleaning services plus 30 percent discount on next availment of such services when staying as a paying guest; and complimentary scheduled shuttle service from the hotel to the main station in when staying in Savoy Hotel Boracay.
A 15 percent discount on the total food bill for banquets and social events with a minimum spend of P20, 000 is also applicable in selected hotel brands at corresponding days.