Growth of Philippine tourism unveils opportunities for hoteliers

Post-pandemic lifting of travel bans can lead to the growth of more than one industry

Demand for hotels in the Philippines skyrockets. DmitriiRud/Shuttershock

According to the Manila Bulletin, the Philippines’ tourism industry generated PHP208.96 billion (USD3.68 billion) in revenues from February until the end of December 2022. This is due to more  Filipinos flying back to their home country alongside foreign tourists who have been waiting to travel once borders reopened.

During that timeframe, the Department of Tourism (DoT) documented 1.9 million foreign arrivals, which surpassed its original target of 1.7 million. With resumption of tourism in the Philippines, the demand for hotels grew and remained at a high. 

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“In the first half of 2022, Colliers recorded the delivery of about 830 hotel rooms in Metro Manila, up 58 percent year on year. From 2022 to 2024, we expect an annual average completion of 2,650 hotel rooms in the capital region, up from the average of 930 rooms delivered annually from 2019 to 2021,” Bondoc told The Manila Times.

With this in mind, Bondoc recommends hotel developers to look into developing in fringe areas of Metro Manila, seeing as the capital is the area most tourists prefer to reside once they visit.

Colliers also suggest hotels to focus in new areas and towns that have larger-scale real estate developments, such as Nuvali, Manila Bay, and the Edsa-Makati Gateway.

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