Barceló Hotels has taken on the management of the hotel Asturias, on the Philippine island Palawan, one of the most touristic islands of the archipelago. This means that the Spanish company now has three properties in the Asiatic country.
With this new acquisition Barceló Hotels & Resorts has 110 hotels located in 17 countries, the majority in America and Europe.
During the formal transfer of the hotel, directors from Barceló emphasised the touristic potential of the Philippines, which has more than 7,000 islands with beautiful spots and holiday resorts.
Exactly a year ago the company with HQ in Palma de Mallorca, transferred its Asiatic office from the Chinese city of Shanghai to Manila, with the aim of converting Philippines in the platform for launching expansion into Asia.
Apart from the Hotel Asturias, Barceló has another two hotels in the Philippine archipelago: the exclusive Pearl Farm Beach Resort, in Davao (island of Mindanao), with 70 rooms; and the Sarabia Manor, four stars, with 184 rooms, a convention centre with a capacity of one thousand people and five restaurants. It is located in the industrial city of Iloilo, the capital of the island of Panay, 450 kilometres south of Manila.
The Barceló Asturias hotel has four stars, it is commercially directed towards the holiday sector and it has 60 rooms. It is located in the city of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan and doorway to one of the islands with greatest tourist attraction in the country.
Named as the “the last frontier” because of its jungle spots, its wild fauna and its empty beaches, Palawan has some of the most emblematic places in the country: like the underground river Sabang, declared natural world heritage by the UNESCO, and El Nido, a group of hundreds of islands whose fauna and flora, on land and underwater make this a protected area by the Philippine Government.
Barceló executives in the Asia/Pacific area indicated that their next objective is an exclusive hotel in Manila, and they hope that in the next few months the project will become a reality. They also said that Barceló is planning to take on the management of other hotels in Vietnam and Thailand.