Travellers International Hotel Group of tycoon Andrew Tan functions the Resorts World Manila casino and hotel complex in Pasay City.

Integrated gaming resort operator Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. has firmed up a deal to deliver luxury Japanese hospitality series Hotel Okura to Resorts World Manila (RWM) in this year.

Travellers, a joint venture between tycoon Andrew Tan-led Alliance Global Group Inc. and Genting set of Malaysia, signed the deal with Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. (Okura) to open a 191-room hotel in RWM. A gentle opening is geared at the fourth quarter of the year.

Okura is hence seen to join the roster of RWM’s latest portfolio of worldwide hotel brands that include Marriott Hotel Manila, the soon-to-open Sheraton Manila Hotel along with Hilton Manila. Remington Hotel, RWM’s value for money offering, will soon be rebranded as Holiday Inn Express.

“The Philippines, especially Manila, is a really promising market taking into consideration the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and population size, both of which are growing fast. The neighborhood hotel business is benefiting from these and other favorable trends,” Okura president Toshihiro Ogita stated in a media statement on Friday.

“Having worked closely with Mr. Kingson Sian (Travellers president and chief executive officer), we are convinced that we will get their full service as a trustworthy partner to operate the hotel. We will leverage the group’s expertise in traditional Japanese hospitality to make Hotel Okura Manila a much-beloved hotel one of both local and foreign people,” he further added.

Hotel Okura is currently expanding its portfolio to 100 properties globally, with focus on Asia. Hotel Okura Macau opened in 2011, accompanied by the introduction of The Okura Prestige Bangkok along with also The Okura Prestige Taipei at 2012. It is also set to open hotels in Cappadocia from 2019, Manila, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon at 2020, and Taichung at 2021.

“Hotel Okura aims to strengthen the bond together with promising markets such as the Philippines,” Travellers stated in the revelation. Hotel Okura had left a donation of $100,000 to the Philippine Red Cross for natural disaster restoration in 2013, the revelation included.

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