A NEW hotel in Lanang, Davao City, owned by the country's largest retail supermarket, was inaugurated on Friday, November 22.

Puregold Price Club, Inc. (PPCI) chairman Lucio Co, during his speech, said the company is glad to expand its operations in the city, which is experiencing an influx of tourists, both local and foreign, in recent years.

"Tourism industry in the country has been flourishing in the last few years wherein Davao City is a favorite destination," Co said during the hotel's inauguration ceremony.

Acacia Hotel in Davao City is PPCI's third hotel in the country, next to Manila and Bacolod.

Co said Acacia Hotel Davao is ready to accommodate the Davaoeños with its 260 guest rooms, and nine event spaces for meetings, events, and conferences.

Co admitted that the hotel is not yet a prominent hotel chain in the country. But he said the hotel is ready to provide its "heartfelt services" to the Dabawenyos.

"Acacia Hotel Davao is excited to embrace new cultures and local practices that embody a Dabawenyo - passionate, hospitable, family-friendly, and zealous. These traits, infused with heartfelt service will definitely achieve great things," Co said.

He said expanding the business in the city was convenient on their part, considering it is the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, who had previously served as the City Mayor

"The experience in doing business here in Davao has been delightful. Zero red tapes, and hassel free... No wonder we continue to expand our business here," Co said.

He said he is confident that the hotel will be progressive in its operation, with its amenities and other services, ready to cater its stayers.

Duterte, who was the keynote speaker on the event, thanked Co and his company for choosing to expand its operations in the city.

The President said Acacia Hotel's expansion in the city will generate more income to the Dabawenyos, which will be beneficial to Davao City's economy.

Prior to the opening of the Acacia Hotel, PPCI already opened its business in the city wherein they opened the S&R Membership Shopping in Ma-a and Puregold Supermarket in Lanang.