‘Local touches’ will bring more guests to Mactan: GM

STARTING next month, the five-star Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa will offer more activities with a local touch, an official said.

Rene Egle, the resort’s general manager, said offering special features would allow them to entice more local and foreign guests to stay in their facility.

Egle said they will run a series of activities that will highlight Cebu’s rich culture and history as well as its culinary, art, music and fashion scenes. The resort will also launch a chocolate afternoon tea that features Cebu’s very own The Chocolate Chamber by Ralfe Gourmet.

“We will enhance more our entertainment here, of course, with a local touch and make it more authentic so guests will not only enjoy but also learn more about Cebu,” said Egle. “We will roll out more activities to promote the hidden treasures of Cebu and to attract guests so they make an effort to really come here.”

Part of the backdrop to this effort are the recently started repairs on the first Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, which have already caused traffic congestion and lengthened the commutes of those traveling daily between Mactan and mainland Cebu.

The resort is still finalizing these concepts, including its plan to work with a performance company for the cultural shows. The resort is likewise considering the option to work with street artists for a planned entertainment show where artworks may be auctioned for charity.

Shangri-La’s occupancy “was running quite high” during the Chinese New Year celebrations last Feb. 8. This 530-resort hotel in Punta Engaño is also expecting high occupancy in the coming months with the launch of new direct flights to Cebu next month: Cebu-Clark-Dubai (Emirates Airlines); Cebu-Los Angeles (Philippine Airlines); Cebu-Xiamen (Xiamen Air); and Cebu-Taipei (Eva Air).

“All these new direct links to Cebu point to rosy prospects for tourism this year,” said Egle. “Our hotel is working closely with our sister properties in Dubai and Middle East, for instance, to bring guests here,” he added.
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