PH’s first Toyoko Inn opens in Man­daue

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Agnes B. Alpuerto COR­RE­SPON­DENT

As tourists con­tinue to flock to Cebu, a new ho­tel has opened its doors to pro­vide a home-away-from-home space for trav­el­ers.

Of­fer­ing 582 guest rooms in an 18-storey build­ing, Toyoko Inn Cebu of­fi­cially opened in Man­daue City — a strate­gic tourism and busi­ness lo­ca­tion for its first branch in the Philip­pines.

Toyoko Inn Cebu is a joint ven­ture of Toyoko Inn Co., Ltd. and Ever­just Realty De­vel­op­ment Corp.

The ho­tel is fore­seen to drive up do­mes­tic and for­eign tourism, as well as pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cur­rently, there are 170 em­ploy­ees work­ing for the ho­tel.

Justin Uy, the chair­man of Ever­just, said dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony that the com­ple­tion and the start of the full op­er­a­tion of Toyoko Inn is a proof that Ja­pan and Philip­pines’ part­ner­ship is im­prov­ing.

“I have been do­ing busi­ness for decades now, and I can al­ways at­test that the Ja­panese peo­ple are one of the friendli­est races and the nicest to do busi­nesses with,” Uy said.

Uy added that he dreams of build­ing 10 more Toyoko Inn ho­tels in the coun­try in the com­ing years.

Maiko Kuroda, Toyoko Inn Co., Ltd. CEO, also ex­pressed her op­ti­mism that they may add five ho­tels in five to ten years.

“It is very hard to con­struct build­ing here in the Philip­pines but I am hop­ing we can open more soon,” Kuroda said.

Toyoko Inn is also aimed to be a venue of in­te­gra­tion of Filipino and Ja­panese cul­ture and style.

Uy said that the ho­tel might not be clas­si­fied as a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel but the ameni­ties and ser­vices the ho­tel would pro­vide to cus­tomers would be at the best qual­ity.

Man­daue City Mayor Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisumb­ing, for his part, ad­mit­ted that the city lacked the qual­ity ac­com- mo­da­tions for tourists.

“But I am now very happy that Toyoko Inn is here. This ho­tel has an­swered our prob­lem,” Quisumb­ing said.

Quisumb­ing re­it­er­ated that the ho­tel would fos­ter a more solid re­la­tion­ship with Ja­pan, and will yield out more in­vest­ments from one of Asia Pa­cific’s fastest grow­ing economies.

Toyoko Inn Cebu is the 266th branch of Toyoko Inn ho­tel chains glob­ally.

CDN PHOTO/TONEE DE­SPOJO

Maiko Kuroda, pres­i­dent and CEO of Toyoko Inn group of ho­tels (right), leads the open­ing of the coun­try’s first Toyoko Inn in Man­daue City. With her are Justin Uy, Ever­just Realty De­vel­op­ment Corp. chair­man (cen­ter), and Naoko In­dio Fukase, Toyoko Inn gen­eral man­ager.

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