MANILA - Radisson Hotel Group said Tuesday it would open 2 hotels outside Metro Manila in the next 2 years to meet demand from international visitors.
Park Inn by Radisson in Bacolod City will open next year while Radisson RED Cebu Mandaue in Mandaue City will be operational by 2022, bringing its Philippines network to 7 hotels with over 1,390 rooms, said its Asia Pacific vice president for operations Andre De Jong.
The expansion, which will generate some 300 jobs, is part of the international hotel chain's 5-year development plan, De Jong said.
"At the moment the government is pushing for developments outside Metro Manila and as it starts to pay off it becomes more convenient to travel to those parts of the Philippines. I think that’s where a lot of the opportunities are," he told ABS-CBN News.
The growth in foreign tourist arrivals is a key growth driver for Radisson Hotel Group (RHG), De Jong said. Tourist arrivals this year could grow 15.5 percent to 8.2 million, based on the hotel chain's data.
Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) is also targeting "millennial-minded individuals" and the middle class who have money to spend for hotel stays.
Some 80 to 85 percent of customers of its Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA in Quezon City, which opened in September, are Filipinos, while its Radisson Blu Cebu attracts foreign nationals, De Jong said.
"The demand for travel, to explore new things in their own country, family travel behavior, it’s growing and that is only a result of increased spending power of the working middle class," De Jong said.