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Tune Hotel to Open in Davao

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Category: Davao News Posted: Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Tune Hotel, a budget hotel brand will open its branch in Davao City in the second quarter of 2013.

Tune Hotels is owned and operated by Red Planet Hotels Limited (RPHL), a privately-owned regional hotel investment company targeting Asia’s emerging markets.

The Tune Hotel in Davao will rise along J.P. Laurel Avenue, near Mana Davao. It will feature 147 rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Davao Hotels Practice Green Tourism

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Samal Island

A beach resort in Samal Island


What makes an environment-friendly hotel? There are many ways to practice in order to be considered an environment-friendly hotel. The use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps and other environmentally-friendly practices within the establishments are just some of the practices to be called environment-friendly.

One of the hotels in Davao City is now practicing a green tourism activity. The Marco Polo Hotel, a popular hotel in Davao has acquired some of the characteristics that make this hotel an environment-friendly. All the lights in the hotel are CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamps. The warm showers come from a pump that gathers heat from other sources. The hotel also segregates its waste products from non-biodegradable to biodegradable materials. The practices done by Marco Polo hotel lead them to received the Asean Green Hotel recognition Award. The Marco Polo Hotel Davao sets a good example for the rest of the hotels and other tourism establishments in Davao City for their green initiative.

In the same development, the United Nation has many programs and campaigns like the green passport and the sustainable coastal tourism campaign in order to promote sustainable development. The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) and the Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC) were launched to develop awareness for a global sustainable tourism industry.

Last March, a forum on Green Tourism was held in Davao in order to introduce energy-saving practices and guidelines. The ideas about Green Tourism are expected to be adopted by the different sectors in the local tourism industry.

Green Tourism is very important for a sustainable development and minimizing the negative effects of climate change. This campaign is a great strategy to encourage tourism businesses to voluntarily adopt the basic green guidelines so they can become more sustainable.

Aside from Marco Polo Hotel, there are already some supermarkets, resorts and tourism establishments that already started practicing green tourism.

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Davao City Bidding for MICE 2012 Conference

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Friday, March 5th, 2010

Waterfront Insular Davao

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao building


Davao is aggressively bidding on Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions conference or MICE to be held in the city in 2012. The local tourism players in Davao are formulating ways to make the city more attractive to host the said event like creating an affordable and unique tour packages. This year, the MICE event was held in Subic while Cebu will host the event next year respectively.

The competition to host the Mice conference in 2012 is now down to two possible venues where Camarines Sur and Davao City are big contenders. The city of General Santos City also placed a bid for the Mice conference in 2012 but later was not included in the shortlist.

The conference is expected to gather about 500 to 600 participants and be attended by the upscale market. Among the people who are expected to attend the conference are the travel agencies, event organizers and international travel media outlets.

Philippine conference on meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) will surely place Davao in the international MICE map. The global market for MICE alone is estimated to be worth more than $300 billion.

Among the possible topics to discuss during the event are the issues and the different opportunities facing the tourism market. Possible venues are the Central Bank of Davao, Davao Convention & Trade Center, several hotel function rooms and many others.

The staging of MICE in 2012 in Davao City is expected to develop and market Davao as another MICE destination in the Philippines. On January 2006, Davao hosted the Asean Tourism Forum which gathered more than 3,000 foreign delegates.

Davao City Needs More Hotels

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Category: Davao News Posted: Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Royal Mandaya Hotel

Royal Mandaya Hotel building

According to the latest statistics of the Department of Tourism, the city of Davao ranked third for the most visited places in the Philippines. However, Davao has only 3,000 plus rooms to date which cannot accommodate big numbers of guests that would visit the city. The city needs more hotel rooms in order to accommodate its growing tourism sector and to be able to bid for national events like Ad Congress.

There is a need for 1,700 hotel rooms in order to be able to host major national events like the Ad Congres which is expected to convene at least 5,000 participants from all over the country. Ad Congress is an annual convention by multinational companies that heavily depend on advertising.

Other positive developments in the local tourism industry in Davao are the two new hotels named the Pinnacle Place and MyHotel and the re-opening of Samal Casino Resort in the Island Garden City of Samal. Pinnacle Place is another hotel which will be opened in 2010 adding 200 suites of the hotel rooms of the city. Another is the new MyHotel located along San Pedro St. The Samal Casino Resort is set to re-open this December which will feature a world-class casino, 300-room hotel, grand ballroom and other world-class amenities. The hotel resort is situated on a 250-hectare area that will include a planned golf course.

Other than those developments, there are no other hotel that is being built these days to address the lack of hotel rooms. This is a big opportunity for investors who are expanding their business in the tourism industry and may tap Davao City’s potential.

Davao is Third Most Visited City in the Philippines

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Category: Davao News Posted: Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
In the photo: Philippine Eagle, Marco Polo Hotel and Pearl Farm

In the photo: Philippine Eagle, Marco Polo Hotel and Pearl Farm

Davao, as a booming city of the south has once again received an achievement as the third top destination of the Philippines. The top of the list is Cebu with 422,239 tourists from January to March this year and followed by Boracay with 158,030 arrivals in the same quarter. Based on tourist arrivals, Davao has 156,468 visitors and continuously growing. It is projected that before the year ends, Davao could be one of the top “must-visit” cities in the Philippines.

According to the Department of Tourism, the overall tourist arrivals have reached up to 10.33 percent or a total of 1.3 million. On the first quarter, foreign tourist arrivals recorded to have four percent increase while domestic tourist grows higher up to 13 percent. Due to cheaper flights, better pension houses including infrastructure and good hotels that would accommodate visitors has brought the rise of tourist arrivals in the regions.

Davao City is endowed with flora and fauna, friendly people, rich in culture, fine weather and definitely the best place to relax and unwind. Not to mention the two big Festivals of the city: Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan which entice several and outnumbered visitors to witness the wonder of these festivities. On these events, hotels are fully booked, beaches are flocked with guests from other nationalities.

A lot of exciting events can be done while enjoying the tropical climate of Davao. You can go kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing, skiing and other activities that cater the needs of every tourist. Explore the white and fine sand beaches and taste the delicious food and fruits which only Davao has to offer.

As a major tourism destination in the Philippines, Davao City takes pride in having world-class hotels and resorts, convention and business facilities, shopping malls and fine dining restaurants.