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SMIC earmarks P5 billion for hotel project

By Zinnia B. Dela Peña (The Philippine Star) Updated June 11, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - SM Investments Corp. (SMIC), the holding firm for the various business of the family of the country’s richest man Henry Sy, has earmarked almost P5 billion for the construction of two hotels under the Luxury brand.

Based on documents submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), SMIC has appropriated around P4.93 billion out of the total proceeds from its fixed-rate bond issue for two hotel projects to be built at the Mall of Asia complex and in Looc, Batangas.

A big chunk, or P3.4 billion, will go to Luxury City Hotel, an upscale hotel that will have approximately 400 rooms.

The balance of P1.53 billion will be channeled to the 400-room Luxury Hotel in Santelmo, Batangas. “This will be a resort,” said SMIC chief financial officer Jose Sio.

Sio said the design and costing are still being prepared.

SMIC’s hotels and convention centers segment is aiming to offer 1,000 hotel rooms by 2013.

The group is currently building the P750-million Park Inn Radisson Hotel in Davao City’s Lanang District, the first Park Inn Radisson in the Asia Pacific region.

Targeted for opening in the first quarter of 2013, the 204-room Park Inn hotel will be located within the 175,000-square meter mixed-use complex owned and developed by SMIC’s shopping mall subsidiary SM Prime Holdings Inc.

The Park Inn brand is one of the hotel brands under Carlson and is the largest mid-market brand for hotels under development in Europe.

From the first ShoeMart store which opened in 1958, the SM Group has since evolved into a group of companies with five core businesses: shopping mall development and management (SM Prime), retail (SM Department Stores, SM Supermarkets, SM Hypermarkets and SaveMore stores), financial services (BDO Unibank, Inc. and China Banking Corp.), real estate development and tourism (SM Land, Inc., SM Development Corp., Costa Del Hamilo Inc. and Highlands Prime Inc.), and hotels and conventions (SM Hotels, SMX Convention Specialists, Hotel Specialists – Tagaytay, Cebu and Pico).

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