Carlson brand hotel to rise in Davao City?
Carlson Hotels Group, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has chosen Davao City to build its first Radisson Hotel in the Philippines and Asia worth P800 million.
Lourdes Macalindong, vice president for sales and marketing for SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., in a press conference, said the Park Inn by Radisson Hotels will soon rise within the 10-hectare SM City Lanang, north of Davao City.
Macalindong said SM City Lanang is a mixed-use complex comprising of mall, a proposed convention center and the 204-room Park Inn hotel. The hotel will have 198 regular rooms and six suites or a total of 204 rooms.
“The Park Inn, which is a Carslon brand of hotel will be the first in the Philippines and in Davao City, and first ever in Asia,” she said.
Macalindong said the hotel is very edgy, hip and trendy with vibrant colors in its logo and rooms, and well-sized kind of furniture.
Park Inn hotels are mostly found in Europe and the Unites States. The world-class hotel which will sit on a two-hectare property of 8,800 square meters land area and 2,000 square meters floor area, will have its ground breaking next month while its completion is targeted on 2013 simultaneous with the completion of the over 500,000 sitter SMX Convention Center, she said.
Treena Tecson, director of marketing communications sales and marketing, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., said Park Inn hotel’s main market is from the business sector particularly those who will be coming for a convention at the SMX Convention Center.
Tecson said the hotel will be constructed beside the huge convention center. Also, the Park Inn hotel is designed to boost domestic tourism in Davao City.
She said the coming in of a Carlson brand of hotel in Davao City is an indicator that Davao City is an emerging convention center in the country.
SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., a newly created division of the SM Investments, has already built about three hotels in the Philippines, with the Park Inn Hotel in Davao City as the fourth.
The other three are in the cities of Cebu, General Santos and Tagaytay.
Tecson said the SM hotels is a dream come true by business tycoon Henry Sy who dreamt of building hotels when he first went to Tagaytay and visited a small hotel.
In love to Tagaytay’s beautiful scenery, Sy promised to build the hotel into a five-store hotel now named Taal Vista Hotel, which is considered a landmark hotel in Tagaytay, together with the birth of the SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., she added.