Strong tourism means more business for Globalinens Worldwide Inc.

THE Philippines’ strong tourism sector is supporting the business of a Hong Kong-based firm involved in linen production like pillows and towels for international and local hotels.

Globalinens Worldwide Inc. president Wai Lok Fung, who was in Cebu on Monday to meet Cebu’s hotel managers, announced that his company will open four more factories next year, on top of the existing seven. These will be stationed in Laguna and are expected to generate 700 jobs.

Monthly production of this 10-year-old company stands at 150,000 linen sheets and 150,000 pillows. These are distributed to more than 250 hotel chains and to 300 department stores nationwide, which carry six different brands like Joyce & Diana, Dreams, Kingston, and Silky Linen, among others.

u201cThe first factory was built in Cabuyao, Laguna and when the demand again increased rapidly the following year, the second, third, and fourth factories were set up to accommodate more and more production,” Globalinens said.

Among its top hotel clients in Cebu include the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Cebu City Marriott Hotel. JPark Island Waterpark, Crimson, and Mövenpick are among its resort clients in Cebu.

As more investments are poured in for hotel and resort developments in the country, with the bright prospects of Philippine tourism, Fung said Globalinens had to keep up with the growing demand.

Tourist arrivals in 2014 stood at 4.8 million or 3.25 percent higher than the 4.6 arrivals in 2013, data from the Department of Tourism showed.

The company’s major products include pillows, bedsheets, towels, table napkins and curtains.

Wai said aside from premium hotel and resort chains, the company also wants to tap provincial tourism-oriented establishments. Currently, Globalinens also supplies to hospitals, spa and wellness players, and condominiums.

By October, Wai disclosed that they will start to tap hotels in Malaysia. The company currently concentrates its production to the Philippine market and doesn’t export its products at present.

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