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Alliance confirms expansion of resort

By Jenniffer B. Austria | Posted on Nov. 24, 2012 at 12:01am |

Travellers International Holdings Inc., a joint venture between Star Cruises Ltd. of Genting Malaysia Bhd. and Alliance Global Group Inc. of tycoon Andrew Tan, plans to put up more hotel rooms and gaming areas in its first integrated resort complex in the country.

Travellers president Kingson Sian said during the ground- breaking ceremony of the third phase of the Resorts World Manila project the company would add another 1,000 hotels rooms, gaming tables and slot machines within the 10-hectare complex.

The company will sign up Sheraton Hotel to manage the 350- to 400-room hotel, and Westin Hotel to operate the soon-to-rise five-star facility. Travellers will also add 200 more rooms in Maxims Hotel.

The third phase of three, which covers approximately three hectares, will be completed over the next three to four years.

Sian said Resorts World Manila was still the most ideal place for entertainment and gaming because of its proximity to Makati and the Fort Bonifacio central business districts and the three major airports in Metro Manila.

It offers various activities for families. Aside from casino, Resorts World Manila  has 24-hour cinema, a gaming arcade, a theater and bars and restaurants.

Sian said foot traffic in Resorts World Manila was increasing, with foreigners accounting for 40 percent of revenues.

Resorts World Manila is beefing up offerings as similar developments will soon rise within the Pagcor Entertainment City in Pasay City.

The first to open is Solaire Manila, a gaming and entertainment project of Bloomberry Resort Corp., which is owned by businessman Enrique Razon Jr. Solaire Manila is slated for opening by March next year.

This will be followed by Belle Grande, which is owned by Belle Corp. of retail magnate Henry Sy and Hong Kong based Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., and Tiger Resorts and Leisure of Azure Corp. of Japan.

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