Cebu has enough rooms for Asean Summit delegates
Cebu City (17 October) -- Cebu has sufficient number of rooms to accommodate the thousands of foreign and local delegates that will participate in the forthcoming 12th Asean Summit this December.
Tourism Undersecretary Phineas Alburo during the 888 News Forum this morning at the Parklane International Hotel assured there are a total of 3,746 rooms available for the entire delegation. Of the whole figure, 1,274 rooms have already been confirmed for both foreign media and businessmen attending the Asean Business Investors Forum. Based on their latest record, 699 confirmed rooms have been allocated for the media and 575 rooms for the business delegates, according to Alburo.
There is still an available balance of 2,472 rooms as of today although the number of rooms needed by media and business delegates may still rise, Alburo disclosed.
About 2,000 foreign and local media are expected to cover the summit, Alburo disclosed.
Alburo surmised that even if the 18 Heads of States and its entire delegation would take up 2,000 rooms, we are still safe with a 472-room balance.
"We have already advised the respective embassies of participating countries to send in their request on the number of rooms as the cut-off date for hotel accommodation is at the end of the month or October 31," Alburo stated.
Japan is said to have booked 200 rooms at the Hilton for the official delegation and the accompanying media while another 50 rooms have been booked at the Cebu Pacific Resort for their air crew, this was said. It is expected that quite a number of Japanese journalists will be tagging along with their official delegation to Cebu, as this is the first official trip of the newly installed Prime Minister of Japan outside its country.
It is likewise expected that the hotels and resorts in Cebu providing the accommodation for the foreign visitors will have higher rate charges than the usual as these hotels and resorts are also investing on improving their establishments.
"It is not also fair for government to dictate hotel rates," Alburo quoted. The tourism official said government is promoting free enterprise but in case a hotel charges US $1,000 for just an ordinary room then that can be a reason for complaint.
There are also 150 student volunteers that will be fielded in 37 hotels and resorts in the cities of Cebu and Lapulapu to man the information assistance desks. These volunteers composed of 4th year tourism college students from three local universities are assigned to assist delegates where to go in case they want to procure medicine, have their eyeglasses fixed, or go to the dentist and where the nearest moneychanger is located, Alburo further said.
The information assistance desks in the hotels and resorts are open for 16-hours where the four assigned student volunteers per hotel/resort will work in two shifts. The first batch will report from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the second group takes over from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., this was bared.
Alburo said the student volunteers will be graded by their teachers who will also be moving around the identified venues as it will serve as part of their apprenticeship program. They will be provided with free meals and transportation allowance and at the end of the summit, student volunteers will be given certificates, Alburo added.
A tourist map guide of Cebu featuring the hotels, resorts, restaurants offering specialty dishes, shopping malls and other significant destinations will be produced for the visiting foreign delegates, Alburo said. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]