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DoubleDrag­on to launch three Hotel 101 projects

P11-B sales seen as preselling of 2,251 new rooms starts this year

- Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte

DOUBLEDRAG­ON Properties Corp. will begin preselling for three new Hotel 101 hotel projects this year, which will add 2,251 new rooms to the company’s hotel portfolio.

In a statement disclosed to the exchange on Wednesday, DoubleDrag­on Properties said it will be launching Hotel 101-Cebu, Hotel 101 Resort-Boracay, and Hotel 101-Libis in the next three quarters.

“The completion of these new Hotel 101 projects will be perfectly timed with the full recovery and anticipate­d rebound in the tourism industry in the Philippine­s,” Hannah Yulo-Luccini, chief investment officer at DoubleDrag­on Properties, said.

Hotel 101 is a three-star hotel, which is said to generate revenue and income twice. The company earns from the preselling of the condotel units and from hotel operations revenues.

The company expects to earn P11.03 billion in sales revenues from the three new projects.

“The Hotel 101 model has proven to be truly resilient, even in these circumstan­ces it was able to deliver as much as 6.72% gross annual yield to its original Hotel 101-Manila unit owners, which is much higher than most corporate bond yields last year,” Ms. YuloLuccin­i said.

The listed property developer said Hotel 101 maintained an occupancy rate of 80.11% even amid the pandemic, as it provided accommodat­ion to employees of business process outsourcin­g companies. Inventory of Hotel 101-Fort was also fully sold out in 2020.

Rooms dubbed as “Happy Rooms” feature amenities of a studio unit, such as a kitchenett­es.

Hotel rates depend on the supply and demand of a specific period, with prices varying multiple times everyday.

“As far as we are aware, Hotel 101 is the only hotel concept of its kind in the world, the Patent documents for Hotel 101’s unique and pioneering concept has already been filed,” DoubleDrag­on Properties Chairman Edgar “Injap” J. Sia II said.

DoubleDrag­on Properties plans to shift into an investment holding company with subsidiari­es in multiple industries. It is seeking approval from regulatory authoritie­s to change its corporate purpose and to rename itself as DoubleDrag­on Corp.

The company has multiple subsidiari­es, which include Hotel of Asia, DDMP REIT, Inc., CityMall Commercial Centers,

Inc., and CentralHub Industrial Centers, Inc. It plans to push subsidiari­es to conduct initial public offerings “when the right time comes.”

“Hotel of Asia’s Hotel 101 will be one of the driving forces of DD’s core growth in real estate, which is the first industry leg it has formed,” Mr. Sia said.

Shares of DoubleDrag­on Properties at the stock exchange went down by 0.31% or P0.04 to close at P13.02 apiece. —

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