Puerto Princesa increases bed capacity

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Nov. 27 (PNA) -- Four years ago, when a national cooperative summit was held in this highly-urbanized city, nearly 4,000 delegates came and many of them slept on the Superferry because accommodation was not enough.

Mayor Edward Hagedorn was hesitant to accept the holding of the national cooperative summit since he knew that Puerto Princesa has barely 2,000-bed capacity to accommodate all. But that was four years ago.

City Tourism Department (CTD) tourism receptionist Rene Baylon said since then, Puerto Princesa’s bed capacity has already increased to 7,000.

“Right now, accommodation is no longer our problem. Since three years ago when we had to grope for more, there is enough already to accommodate the 57% increase in tourism arrivals we have at present,” Baylon said.

By next year, more will be added and the city will have almost 10,000 to accommodate guests and visitors.

“Two large hotels that are currently being constructed have a combined bed capacity of 300. We also have pension houses and lodging inns under construction,” he said.

Baylon credited the “ideal development momentum” to the listing of the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the wonders in the world and the efforts of the local officials led by Hagedorn.(PNA)