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Swiss-Belhotel makes Manila entry
Rosa Ocampo, Manila, October 17, 2013

SWISS-BELHOTEL International will establish a presence in the Philippines with a new deal to manage a 426-room hotel in the capital.


Slated for a 2016 opening, the country’s first Swiss-Belhotel property will be located in Quezon City’s mixed development in North Triangle, a prime area that will become the next central business district and hub of all commercial activities in Metro Manila.


Commercial establishments, government institutions, hospitals and medical facilities as well as universities can be found in the immediate vicinity, and the hotel will be accessible from the main thoroughfare of EDSA and at least three MRT stations.


Speaking to TTG Asia e-Daily, Gavin M Faull, chairman and president of Swiss-Belhotel International, said: “Swiss-Belhotel Quezon City will target business travellers, the government sector, and the meetings and incentives market as its location is well-suited to this business segment.”


Other hotel facilities will include eight multi-function rooms, a grand ballroom for up to 1,000 delegates, three executive club floors and a lounge as well as one floor dedicated to spa suites, a fitness centre and several restaurants.


The Hong Kong-based hotel operator relinquished management of The Linden Suites serviced residence in Ortigas to the property’s owners in 2011. Swiss-Belhotel is now “in the middle of negotiations with properties in Manila and Makati, which we hope to close as soon as possible”, revealed Faull.


Faull disclosed: “We are looking at growing our hospitality portfolio in the Philippines across all of our brands, which range from two-star to five-star, to complement the existing hotels we have in operation as well as those in the development pipeline that currently number 120 across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.


“We have built a strong presence in Indonesia and will have 60 hotels operating in that market by the end of 2014, so we are certainly keen to bring our expertise and professionalism to the Philippines, which offers many opportunities, and build a presence of equal stature.”

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