CLARK FREEPORT – Groundwork officially started Thursday for the construction of the first 5-Star hotel in Pampanga, possibly the whole of Central Luzon – The Marriott in Clark.
The official cornerstone- laying and groundbreaking rites, led by president-CEO Daesik Han of Widus International Leisure Inc., owner of Widus Casino Hotel here; Marriott International’s director for hotel development Baldwin Chua and senior director for asset management for Asia-Pacifi c Rohit Singh sealed the partnership between the hotel industry prime movers here.
The new Marriott in Clark will locate in a 6,000-square meter area within the WILI complex. Comprising 260n well-appointed rooms, the hotel’s 16-storey tower is “sophistically designed to serve the millennial and high-end market.”
“We are raising the hospitality bar to a new level,” Han said during the simple groundbreaking ceremony. “Today’s milestone brings us one step closer to opening the new infrastructure venture with Marriott that will better serve the local and international communities. We are very excited with the prospects of this development and to the growth it can bring to the tourism industry and the overall economy of Clark.”
WILI has one of the biggest investments in the Clark Freeport.
Han said that the new establishment aims to employ and train more local manpower alongside sourcing supplies and service requirements from local businesses.
For his part, Chua hailed the strong partnership between WILI and Renaissance Hotel International Corp. Ltd., the company behind the successful international chain of Marriott Hotels.
In a press statement, the Marriott in Clark is described as “an epitome of opulence” as “the latest and most innovative hotel within the Widus complex, a final cap to its vision of being the preferred one-stop leisure destination.”
Clark’s will be only the third Marriott-branded hotel in the Philippines after that in Manila and Cebu.
The $70-million property will feature the usual Marriott facilities such as Goji kitchen and bar, great room, pool bar, executive lounge, ballroom and meeting venues, according to the press statement.
Construction is expected to be completed by the first or second quarter of 2018.
– Bong Z. Lacson with PR