GMs of different Mactan Hotels and Resorts Properties (from left) Domiku Ugarte, Maribago Blue Water; Simon Chew, Movenpick; Josef Chiongbian, Savoy Hotel Mactan; John Kristoffer Rafols, Lapu Lapu Tourism Office representative; Bryan Connelly, JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu; Eya Shrimski, Tambuli Seaside Resorts and Spa; Brian Noel, Plantation Bay; Didier Belmonte, Crimson Resort and Spa Cebu; and Dave Junker, Shangri-La.

Mactan hotels and resorts now at 90% completion in their recovery phase after ‘Typhoon Odette’

GMs of Mactan hotels and resorts (from left) Domiku Ugarte, Maribago Blue Water; Simon Chew, Movenpick; Josef Chiongbian, Savoy Hotel Mactan; John Kristoffer Rafols, Lapu Lapu Tourism Office representative; Bryan Connelly, JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu; Eya Shrimski, Tambuli Seaside Resorts and Spa; Brian Noel, Plantation Bay; Didier Belmonte, Crimson Resort and Spa Cebu; and Dave Junker, Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu.

Two years after the wrath of the Philippines’ 2nd strongest typhoon, the majority of Mactan hotel players report they are now down to the last stretch of efforts to achieve a 100-percent full recovery by the first quarter of 2024. Lapu-Lapu, home to at least 42 registered hotels and resorts, is working tirelessly in getting everyone ready to have all facilities running good as new in the following year.

In a recent dialogue organized by the Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu Inc. (HRRAC), general managers (GM) of Shangri-La, Plantation Bay, Jpark, Movenpick, Tambuli, Crimson, Blue Water Maribago, and Savoy Hotel Mactan, share a moment together with the Lapu-Lapu Tourism Office as they recalled a few points to look back on and celebrate as they move forward to the coming year.

John Kristoff Rafols, representative from the Lapu-Lapu Tourism office, reiterates “Anticipation. Prevention. Response.” Eya Shrimski, GM of Tambuli, stresses “typhoon resilient communication systems.”

Savoy Hotel located at Mactan Newtown

Dave Junker, GM of Shangri-La Mactan, shares “with the lines going down, it would be a beneficial investment to consider construction of underground power lines and communication distribution systems moving forward.”

Green Sustainable Architectural Designs, when done right, prove to last longer,” explains Didier Belmonte of Crimson.

Centralized community relief efforts moderated by HRRAC will help manage resources better as we aim to help spread out to a wider network of people in need,” says Josef Chiongbian, HRRAC vice president for resorts and GM of Savoy Hotel Mactan.

We’re ready to compete and be seen as a separate alternative island destination in 2024,” says Bryan Connelly, GM of JPark Island Resorts and Waterpark.

JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu

Simon Chew, GM of Movenpick Mactan, says “We’ve already started developing our stream of guests coming from Malaysia, Singapore, and neighboring countries. They do not only travel for leisure but initially for retreats and other related training.”

Maribago Blue Waters GM Domiku Ugarte is excited to celebrate the property’s 35th anniversary and the unveiling of an additional 65 rooms along with new restaurants and facilities for guests to enjoy. They also aim to continue growing the Korean market and the other Southeast Asian countries.

Currently, Mactan thrives with 60 percent of guests coming from local destinations or nearby cities in the Philippines. According to Brian Noel of Plantation Bay, “Crucial to our growth in 2024 will be the introduction of more flights, especially from new destinations like India.” He adds, “Easing of travel restrictions such as visa approvals from Japan and China will help encourage foreign nationals to include Cebu in their travel plans for the coming year.