A CEBU-based spa has expanded its business in response to the growing tourism market of Cebu.

From its previous capacity of 19 beds, Essenza Health Day Spa has added 14 beds at its new wing in Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City.

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Eric Mendoza, owner of Essenza Spa, said they have expanded the capacity of Healot Traditional Filipino Massage Spa-Banilad branch to Essenza to further accommodate tourists.

“The market is here in Mactan. The tourists who come to Cebu come to the spa in groups,” he said.

The Healot Spa has two branches (in Mactan and formerly in Banilad) and is owned and operated by Essenza.

“This is also our way of taking advantage of the growing tourism market of Cebu. We have built a spa that can accommodate 30 customers and have provided services that satisfy this market,” he said.

Records at the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 show that the top five markets of Cebu last year were Korea (with a recorded arrival of 183,058); Japan (136,274); USA (59,098); China (35,521) and Hong Kong (23,382).

Essenza’s market is 85 percent foreigners, Mendoza said.

“The Koreans are our biggest market. They love the spa and bring their family here before heading to the airport,” he said.

He said that with the positive tourism market in Cebu, the health and wellness industry in Cebu should focus on building facilities that can respond to the times.

“More tourists will be coming to Cebu and the spa is one of the many services we can offer to this market,” Mendoza said.

Essenza Health Day Spa is a P15-million investment that offers services such as body massage, hand, foot, body and facial treatments.

The newly built wing can also be used for spa parties, Mendoza said.