As another sign of rising tourism investments in Cebu, the Iloilo-based Eon Group of Companies announced over the weekend the development of Waterworld Cebu complex, a new tourism destination.
The company is pouring in up to P300 million for the construction of the complex located in a three-hectare property in Mandaue City, near the tip of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
The complex will include Waterworld Cebu, its main attraction that will house different waterpark amenities; an accommodation facility named Waterworld Resort Hotel and Conference; an amusement park called Amazing World; and a sports and spa center.
The project is expected to be completed by 2019.
The firm, however, targets to open the hotel and convention in November 2018, in time for the River Summit and the waterpark in December of the same year.
The project broke ground during the weekend.
Waterworld Cebu (Philippines) Corp. operations manager Manuel Gruenberg, in a press conference on Saturday, said the success of Waterworld lloilo, which records 1,500 guests daily during summer and between 300 and 400 guests every day during lean months, inspired them to bring the waterpark experience to Cebu, a province which records a high tourism traffic.
“Waterworld Iloilo’s performance, since we opened last year, went beyond our expectations. Three months after, in February, we planned to bring the same concept to Cebu,” said Gruenberg, adding that Cebu’s proximity to Iloilo made it a viable location for the firm’s immediate expansion.
“Cebu’s population along with the 5,000 arrivals it welcomes daily is a big market to tap,” he noted.
Eon Group of Companies, which Felicito Tiu runs as the group’s chairman and CEO, operates in Iloilo’s real estate, food manufacturing, travel and tours, hotels, distribution, trading and memorial park sectors.
Waterworld Cebu is the firm’s first foray outside of Iloilo. It is the group’s second Waterworld branch so far.
Eon Group was able to lease the Mandaue property for 25 years.
Gruenberg noted that their entry into Cebu isn’t just about expanding the group’s tourism portfolio as the development would also mean jobs for more locals.
For construction alone, the group would need about 300 to 400 workers.
The waterpark’s main attractions are its extreme slides. These include the 15-meter-high mat racer, 18-meter-high speed shooter, tornado, space hole, 40-meter loop slide, family camel slide, and family rapid slide.
It will also feature an aqua house, a 1,250-square-meter multi-slide structure that has different water activities, including seven types of slides, two five-ton buckets for splashing, and five water sprays.
New wave pool
The waterpark will also have a 1,500-square-meter wave pool with 1.5-meter-high waves. It will be built to accommodate up to 1,000 people.
“This will really be a new destination for families. Cebuanos need not go far to experience this adventure bonding,” said Gruenberg.
Another attraction will be Amazing World, an amusement park that houses rides like the Ferris wheel and double loop rollercoaster. It will also have extreme rides such as the octopus, space ship, pendulum, swing ride, and pirate ship.
The amusement park will offer other rides for children, along with a video arcade and carnival games.
Gruenberg said the Waterworld Resort Hotel and Conference that will have 12 corporate rooms, 55 family rooms, six presidential suites and one chairman’s suite.
The convention facility will have nine function rooms that can accommodate up to 200 guests each.
The in-house sports facilities in the complex will include, among others, 12 duckpin bowling lanes ideal for team-building tournaments.