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13 Nov 2007
Chinese firm to build budget hotels in RP
Philippine Cities Trade and Tourism Information Service Hotels
A leading Chinese firm is planning to build budget hotels in major tourist destinations in the country.“They are conducting due diligence. They want to put up clean affordable hotels in most of the tourist spots,” Miguel Varela, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) chairman emeritus said in an interview.
According to Varela, the Chinese group will be coordinating closely with the Department of Tourism (DOT) in order to identify possible locations of the hotel.“It would be a backpackers hotel. This would boost the tourism in the country,” Varela said.Other neighboring countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand have a number of backpackers hotels in areas frequented by tourists.In a related development, three international hotel groups have expressed interest in building no frills hotels in the country through the ASEAN  (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) hotel project.Earlier, PCCI president Samie Lim said Ginger hotel from India, European-based Accor Hotel and United Kingdom’s Hotel have already approached the proponents of the project in order build the ASEAN hotel.The three hotel chains are interested in the project of the ASEAN member nations namely the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia.According to Lim, the ASEAN ministers approved the ASEAN hotel concept last month after the meeting of the economic ministers in Manila.“All the ASEAN  hotels will have similar services and integrated marketing and advertising,” Lim explained. “They will also conduct a centralized training for the food and beverage staff,” he said.Source :  Ma. Elisa P. Osorio, PhilStar.com
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