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5-star hotel in Puerto Princesa to resume operation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

asiaworld.jpgPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 28 (PNA) -- The elegant five-star Asia World Resort Hotel in barangay San Miguel, might resume its operation, Mayor Edward Hagedorn disclosed recently.

Hagedorn said that a Chinese business group based from Manila headed by a certain Willy King is interested to buy the 127-room first class hotel which was closed down few years ago.

Hagedorn is helping the hotel’s owners, the Tan Yu family of Manila and Taipei, find buyers for the property.

“The building structure is good and solid and sits on a 6-hectare prime property,” he said.

He said the ceiling price of the hotel is P250 million, cheap considering that the property is centrally located and where going rate is P 7,000 per square meter.

”There could be minor changes on the price, but it will depend on both parties”, he said.

Hagedorn said the group will be sending some architects to look what renovation needs to do before its operation commences.

The city official is positive on the development in enhancing Puerto Princesa’s tourism industry.

”The city welcomes tourists but we have to improve our tourism facilities”, he said.

Hagedorn has always been optimistic with the reopening of Asia World which will partially solve the city’s problem on tourist accommodations. “The reason why we cannot go full blast in promoting our city’s tourism industry is because we still lack infrastructure facilities and our accommodation is not enough,” he explained. To date, he said Puerto Princesa is only capable of accommodating over a thousand guests.

“I don’t have facilities to host more than 150,000 tourists a year,” he confides.

“We only have 1,000 hotel rooms of all kinds. In peak season, we can only take in only 1,000 tourists most a day.”

Furthermore, Hagedorn wants to double the number of hotel rooms in three years.

To do that, he must attract investors into the city’s tourism. Before he could attract investors, he must dramatically build up the city’s infrastructure, particularly, roads. (PNA)

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