• For the first quarter of 2009, new hotels and resorts opened a total of 1,231 additional rooms at the cost of P8.16 billion and hired 1,286 employees.
  • The opening of Cebu’s P3.18-billion Imperial Palace Water Park, Resort and Spa increased the room supply to 14,792, which provided jobs to 780 workers.
  • The P8.5-million San Remigio Beach Club in the northern part of Cebu also opened its new facilities by building a convention center to capture the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) of both international and domestic markets as an investment.
  • In Boracay Island, the high-end 217-room Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa opened just in time for the influx of tourists on vacation and long holidays, thus initially hiring 488 workers to manage its various ranges of product offerings.
  • In Palawan, seven locators investing in 28 cluster villas for a total cost of P761.9 million in the Amanpulo Tourism Enterprise Zone also began their operation during the first quarter of the year.
  • Metro Manila is likewise on boom with the opening of the Legend International’s Park, Bed and Breakfast Hotel, Eurotel Hotel Branch in Makati City, and the expansion of Oakwood Serviced Residences which increased the total room supply by 320
  • In Subic, Harbor Yacht Services (HYS) Philippines will construct a restaurant and resort in a marina facility with an investment package of P36.1 million.
  • New tourism facilities – the country’s biggest man-made lake, the P20-million, 18-hectare Lago del Rey, was opened recently to tourists by the provincial government of Camarines Sur.