New six-storey hotel building to open in Davao City Friday

September 29, 2009 9:52 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 30 – A new six-storey hotel building will be opened for public on Friday inside the Chinatown district in the city.

Dubbed as the Hari Royale Suites, the six-storey structure along Sta. Ana Avenue houses a restaurant on the ground floor, a spa on the second floor and 33 suites on the third to the sixth floors.

Owned by businessman Fred Melivo, the new hotel promises to offer affordable accommodations.

The opening of the new hotel is timely for the first celebration of the city’s Chinatown Moon Cake Festival this year, Melivo said.

"I have been a business traveler myself, so I know how it is to be one," Melivo said.

On the other hand, City Tourism Office chief Rizal Giovanni Aportadera recently announced the city still lacks 1,700 rooms in order for it to bid in major events like the Ad Congress.

At present, Davao City has only about 3,000 rooms, while major conventions would require a minimum of at least 4,000 rooms readily available, and a convention center big enough to accommodate at least twice the number of rooms required.

Another investment in the hotel industry is the Pinnacle Place, which is set to open by end of the year or early 2010.

Once opened, Aportadera said Pinnacle Place will add another 200 suites to the number of hotel rooms in Davao City. (PNA) FFC/DDB/lvp

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