President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday said the opening of the P2.5-billion, 400-room Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu demonstrates that businessmen, including the SM Investments Corp. (SMIC), are bullish on the prospects of the tourism sector and the economy.
In his message at the launching of the upscale hotel here, the President noted that the opening is very timely considering that the Department of Tourism has embarked on an intensive campaign to boost tourism.
The President called on the people to unite to develop the potentials of the country, especially in tourism where the Filipinos are known for their warmth and hospitality.
“With each and everyone’s contribution to our tourism supply chain, our country’s development potential is enhanced,” the Chief Executive stressed.
He pointed out that with SMIC as partner in development, his administration is confident that the transformation agenda will be accelerated.
The President thanked business tycoon Henry Sy and the Sy family for their “steadfast commitment to providing quality, yet affordable products and service.” He also expressed confidence that the company will continue to uphold excellence as it expands to other endeavors.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu will be the first to be managed by global hospitality and travel firm Carlson in the Asia-Pacific region. It is 11 kilometers away from the Mactan International Airport and is situated right beside SM City Cebu, the largest and leading shopping mall complex in the Visayas.
The Radisson Blu Hotel boasts of two spacious and contemporary ballrooms, and 10 multi-purpose meeting rooms. (PNA)