Friday, May 29, 2009 [ manilatimes.net ]
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has recently approved an upcoming tourism economic zone project in Aklan.
In a report to Trade Secretary Peter Favila, PEZA Director General Lilia de Lima said the incentive-granting agency approved the Akean Resorts Tourism Economic Zone in Barangay Union, Nabas, Aklan, estimated to be worth P140.258 million.
Based on its application with PEZA, Akean Resorts Corp. said this 173,727-square-meter ecozone is a master-planned tourism development estate that will have three condotels, one anchor hotel, luxury villas, a lakeshore hotel village and boutique hotels and inns. The ecozone will also have a convention center complex, spa and wellness centers, a hospital, medical clinics and pharmacies, a marina and pier, man-made islands, beach pavilions, restaurants and retail shops, an amphitheater, theaters, a museum, parks and lagoons.
In addition, plans for the area include an aviary and botanical garden, a wedding chapel complex, various sports facilities, snorkeling and scuba diving, small submarine rides along the reef, water pools, farm and orchard tours areas, children’s playgrounds, farm lots and luxury home lots.
According to PEZA, this project will start on the first quarter of next year and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2013.
-- Ben Arnold O. de Vera