CLARK FREEPORT – Widus International Leisure, Inc. (WILI), owner of Widus Hotel and Casino, on Friday signed a hotel management agreement with Renaissance Hotels International Corp. Ltd., the company behind the successful chain of Marriott Hotels for the $60-million The Marriott at Clark project.
The agreement will allow Marriott Hotel to operate The Marriott at Clark, which is set to break ground at the Widus property here in May next year.
Daesik Han, the South Korean president and CEO of WILI, said another $40 million has been invested for another casino expansion project and the Water Theme Park which will also soon rise at the Widus complex here.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with the Marriott brand, which is trusted all over the world for their extensive experience in managing a diverse portfolio of successful hotel brands,” he added. The Marriott at Clark represents the latest and most innovative hotel within the Widus complex, a final cap to our vision of being the preferred one-stop leisure destination,” he added.
“I’m very confident especially after seeing this new generation of Marriott design which is very unique. This marriage is very different as each property has its own unique characters. That’s what I like most,” Han said.
For his part, Baldwin Chua, Director for Hotel Development Marriott Hotel International Inc. Asia Pacific, said: “We are very excited to be here and to partner with Widus.”
Chua said before coming to Clark, they analyzed the market and found out that Widus is the top hotel in Clark.
“If you look at Trip Advisor, Agoda, hotels.com and bookings.com, all the ratings point to the top hotel here in Clark and that is Widus. So who else do we partner with?” Chua said.
The Marriott at Clark will serve the high-end market while Widus will focus on the middle market.
The new Marriott at Clark is rated as Pampanga’s first five-star hotel which will rise next to the Widus Hotel and Casino.
It will be about 15 storeys high with approximately 260 room keys.
The Marriott at Clark will feature the usual Marriott facilities such as the Goji Kitchen and Bar, Great Room, Pool Bar, Executive Lounge and the Ballroom and Meeting Places.
Source: Nov 3 Punto