Radisson group to open in Bacolod, Mandaue in next 2 years

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2019 03:46 PM | Updated as of Nov 20 2019 09:53 AM

Park Inn Hotel by Radisson opened in Quezon City in September. Park Inn is the group's brand that caters to the upper middle-class consumers. ABS-CBN News. 

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.

Radisson Hotel Group's vice president for Operations, South East Asia and Pacific Andre De Jong during a press briefing in Quezon City on Nov. 19, 2019. 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.