Starwood returns to the Philippines with two new hotel developments

Starwood Hotels and Resorts is re-entering the Philippines with two new Westin and Sheraton hotels.

Chuck Abbott, regional VP of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Southeast Asia, told the Business Mirror that Starwood is partnering with Travellers International Hotel Group to open a Westin and Sheraton property in Manila.

The Westin Manila Bayshore is planned to have 600 guestrooms and is slated for opening in mid-2016. It will be part of TIHGI’s Resorts World Bayshore in the Entertainment City in Parañaque. The Sheraton Manila Hotel is scheduled to open in early-2017 at the Resorts World Manila complex in Pasay.

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According to ABS-CBN, investment figures for the properties were not revealed.

“Specifically, growth in Southeast Asia is very exciting for us, especially in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, where demand for hotels outpaces supply. Starwood pipeline is robust in this region, with 20 more hotels to open in the next three years,” Abbott said.

Hotel development in the Philippines is heating up, with Ayala Land investing $133 million in the development of an ecotourism estate in El Nido, Palawan, to be open in 2016. On top of that, Thunderbird Resorts Philippines set aside $60 million in march to expand its hotels in the La Union and Rizal provinces, adding more rooms and turning the properties into mixed-use developments.

Starwood also announced another W Hotel in Asia with a new property in Shenyang, China, according to Hotel News Resource. Set to open in 2019, the W Shenyang will be located along Qingnian Avenue. These hotels are a part of the W brand's plan to open 12 new properties in the Asia Pacific region by 2019 with more than half those hotels planned for China.

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