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Resorts World Manila offers special staycation packages for frontliners

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:01 PM

This is their way of honoring our new breed of heroes

Greek hoteliers reopen, anxious for bookings

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hotels in Greece are resuming operations, but it is uncertain how the rest of the year will play out

A staff member wearing face mask works at the welcome desk in a hotel central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures and reopening some of the hotels , priomary schools and nurseries. - Greece on May 30, 2020 expanded its list of approved flights from EU destinations to include airports in countries hard-hit by the coronavirus, but flights from the worst-hit regions will still be subject to quarantine measures. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Marco Polo Davao to end operations June 15

May 08, 2020 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) The 5-star hotel has taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic

SOON TO CLOSE. The Marco Polo Davao will cease operations on June 15, 2020. Photo from the Marco Polo Davao Facebook page

InterContinental Hotels sees sales collapse

May 07, 2020 - 8:30 PM

InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel operator by number of rooms, has around 1,000 hotels or 15% of its estate shut at the end of April 2020

HOTEL CHAIN. The InterContinental Madrid in Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

'So clean, so good': Hotel Sogo allots 800 rooms for frontliners

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Hotel Sogo says the free accommodations for health workers are worth P60 million

Landmark Lebanon hotel closes over economic crisis

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:25 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic adding to Lebanon's economic woes, the famed Le Bristol hotel is forced to shut down

This picture taken on April 18, 2020 shows a view of the exterior of the the five-star "Le Bristol" in the Hamra district of the Lebanese capital Beirut, which was forced to close for this first time since it's opening in 1951 due to the worst financial crunch since the 1975-1990 civil war, now made more acute by a nationwide lockdown since mid-March because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. - Designed by French interior designer Jean Royere, Le Bristol boasts the oldest ballroom in Beirut and once housed Lebanon's first ever skating rink before it was turned into a conference room. Its former guests include the late shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his wife Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, American aviator Charles Lindbergh, American jazz trumpeter Dizzie Gillespie, and former French president Jacques Chirac. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Saudi quarantine offers temporary lifeline to struggling hotels

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:35 PM

The Saudi Arabian government is spending millions of dollars as overseas travelers and those exposed to coronavirus patients are quarantined in hotels

A handout picture provided by Saudi writer and journalist Taghreed al-Tassan on April 1, 2020 shows her room at a hotel in Riyadh where she has been quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus. - Saudi Arabia has quarantined thousands of people in hotels, some in luxury suites, to combat COVID-19, throwing a temporary lifeline to an industry struggling just months after tourist visas were launched. Faced with nearly 4,500 novel coronavirus infections -- the highest in the Gulf -- the petro-state has halted air travel, locked down cities and imposed nationwide curfews in a crisis that has dealt a blow to the nascent tourism sector. (Photo by - / Taghreed Al-Tassan / AFP)

Greek hoteliers fear 'disaster' if virus lockdown persists

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Hotels in Greece will be temporarily shut until the end of April 2020 to limit the spread of the coronavirus

Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens on March 13, 2020. - Greece on March 13 shut down its museums and archaeological sites until March 30 because of a shortage of guards amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the culture ministry said. The government has shut down Schools and universities, courts, cinemas, gyms and other indoor public gathering areas for two weeks in an effort to curb the outbreak. Greece has so far declared 117 cases of the coronavirus, one of whom died on March 12 after 10 days in hospital. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Vico Sotto readies Dahlia Hotel in Pasig as quarantine facility

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Strict supervised 14-day quarantines of PUMs and PUIs with mild to moderate symptoms is one way we can minimize the community risk,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

QUARANTINE FACILITY. Dahlia Hotel in Pasig City will be used as a quarantine area for persons under monitoring and investigation for the novel coronavirus. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Twitter page

Albay sets up Mayon Skyline Hotel as coronavirus quarantine center

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:05 PM

It can accommodate 24 patients

NEW QUARANTINE CENTER. An aerial photo of the Mayon Skyline Hotel in Tabaco, Albay, taken from a Philippine Air Force chopper. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

China quarantine hotel collapse toll rises to 26

Mar 08, 2020 - 12:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) 3 more people are feared still trapped in the rubble, according to state media

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A boy is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

13 foreign women rescued from 'prostitution den' in Makati

Jan 31, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Two Chinese men are arrested for allegedly running prostitution operations at the Golden Dragon Hotel in Barangay Bangkal in Makati

RESCUED. Makati police rescue Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese women from a prostitution den in Barangay Bangkal, Makati on January 29, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hotel gives P10-M donation to Manila's housing project

Dec 05, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Rizal Park Hotel's donation will go to Manila’s vertical housing program – one of Isko Moreno’s landmark projects

TURNOVER. Rizal Park Hotel chairman Ramon Paz hands over a P10 million check to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno inside his City Hall office. Manila PIO photo

Win a hotel unit by investing in government's premyo bonds

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Bondholders not only get a chance to win P1 million and other cash prizes, they may also win a hotel unit from DoubleDragon

Hotel denies shabby treatment of SEA Games athletes

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Century Park Hotel Manila airs its side, noting that late coordination resulted in the SEA Games accommodation woes

Going meatless? Sheraton Manila launches plant-based, farm-to-table menu

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The sustainable, plant-based menu directly sources its fresh produce and herbs from the newly-opened Sheraton Farm in Tagaytay

The Bar at Peninsula Manila on Forbes' World’s Best Hotel Bars 2019 list

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The magazine praises The Bar's finger food and the Batangas Old Fashioned

Makati police raid hotel used as prostitution front

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Some 35 women are rescued in the near-midnight operation

Photo from Makati Police

After deadly collapse, DOLE stops demolition of Hotel Sogo in Manila

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment issues a work stoppage order after an initial inspection of the Hotel Sogo site shows violations

COLLAPSED. A Hotel Sogo in Malate, Manila after a portion of it collapsed on Monday, September 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

2 dead, 1 injured after Hotel Sogo collapses in Manila

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(4th UPDATE) A Hotel Sogo prematurely collapses while undergoing demolition in Manila

COLLAPSED. Sogo Hotel in Malate, Manila after a portion of it collapsed on Monday, September 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Man injured after car falls from 2nd floor of Pasig hotel

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Police say that according to the victim, the car lost its brakes, causing the vehicle to ram into the metal fence of the parking lot of the hotel

ACCIDENT. Rescuers gather around a car that had just fallen from the second floor of the Malayan Plaza parking lot in Pasig City on July 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of Kurt Ronald San Juan Esteban

Megaworld subsidiary to open 2nd hotel in Boracay

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Housing 442 rooms, the Belmont Hotel Boracay will be opening its doors to tourists in August 2019

Photo from Megaworld Corporation

At least 7 dead in Somalia hotel attack

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The attack is claimed by Al-Shabaab militants, an Al-Qaeda-linked group

Spanish hotel chambermaids fight 'exploitation'

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Chambermaids in Spain are calling on hotels to stop subcontracting and to improve working conditions

Myriam Barros, one of the spokeswomen of "The Kellys" association, a contraction of "las que limpian" in Spanish, or "those who clean" poses after cleaning an apartment in Lanzarote in July 5, 2019. - After protesting for years in front of hotels, a group of Spanish chambermaids has scored victories in its struggle to end subcontracting of their services, which leaves them poor and exhausted. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)

Alliance Global sets P410-billion capex for 2020 to 2024

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Alliance Global's property arm Megaworld Corporation receives the lion's share of the budget set for 2020 to 2024

FUTURE-PROOFING. AGI's 5-year program wants to increase the use of innovation and digital transformation in all of its businesses. Logo from Alliance Global

Megaworld subsidiary eyes P1.4-B income from rentals, hotels in 2019

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Amid its expected doubling of income for 2019, Global-Estate Resorts says it wants to contribute to the Philippines' tourism sector

MORE INCOME. The launching of more projects in 2019 is expected to double GERI's income.

P8.5-M drugs seized in Shangri-La at the Fort

May 22, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Cops arrested a certain businessman named Domingo Uy Jr as the suspected owner of the illegal drugs

DRUG HAUL. Cops from the National Capital Region Police Office present the seized drugs and cash at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City. NCRPO photo

Ex-QC officials, Manor Hotel owners appeal conviction over 2001 hotel fire

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Two former Quezon Ciy government officials and owners of the Manor Hotel file separate motions for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend when the bombing took place

Elton John joins call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:54 PM

'We must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable. That’s why David and I have long refused to stay at these hotels and will continue to do so,' says the singer

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 05: Sir Elton John performs onstage at Madison Square Garden on March 05, 2019 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/AFP

Sandiganbayan convicts two ex-QC officials over 2001 hotel fire

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The anti-graft court's 7th Division says Alfredo Macapugay and Romeo Montallana neglected a report by the city fire marshal on the Quezon City Manor Hotel

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Actor George Clooney calls for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Whenever we stay at these hotels, we are putting money into men's pockets who stone and whip to death their citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,' Clooney says

Dozens evacuated as fire strikes French Alps hotel

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The blaze is discovered on the wooden roof of the chalet-style Four Seasons hotel at around 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 28. 70 firefighters worked throughout the night to bring the fire under control by Friday morning.

FOUR SEASONS IN MEGEVE. An image of the Four Seasons Hotel in Megeve, France. Image from

500 evacuated as fire hits hotel in Singapore, no injuries

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Television footage shows thick black smoke billowing from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapore, but the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) says the fire was quickly put out

DoubleDragon to breach 5,000-room target with Cebu airport hotel

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The planned Hotel101-Cebu is eyed to be the biggest airport hotel in the Visayas

TARGET ACHIEVED. DoubeDragon has reached its 5,000-room target by sealing the deal with U-Bix Group's Federated Realty Corp through its subsidiary Hotel of Asia Inc to develop Hotel101-Cebu. Image from DoubleDragon.

RedDoorz Philippines offers affordable hotel rooms for every need

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:59 AM

Did you know that you can book a quality hotel room for as low as P799?

Texas senior's Holiday Inn retirement plan goes viral

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Thousands share a man from Houston's detailed cheaper plan to retire in a Holiday Inn hotel than in a nursing home

Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:39 PM

According to documents seen by AFP, Carlos Ghosn invited 8 couples to watch the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro in February 2018 from a beach-side luxury hotel

GHOSN. News of the party is the latest evidence of Carlos Ghosn's expensive lifestyle to emerge. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The fire breaks out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor

BURNED OUT. A general view shows the Hotel Arpit Palace after a fire broke out on its premises in New Delhi on February 12, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Tourist killed by falling window from Hong Kong hotel

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Police say a 24-year-old female tourist from the Chinese mainland was struck by the window which fell from the 16th floor of the Mira Hotel in the busy Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district on Monday, January 21

THE MIRA HOTEL. Image taken July 1, 2010 by Wikipedia user WiNG.

Why hotel and property owners should partner with RedDoorz Philippines

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:31 PM

RedDoorz partners with hotel and property owners to drive growth and expansion

U.S. believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The hackers, who stole data of around 500 million Marriott customers, are believed to have been working for China's Ministry of State Security

LIST: 2018 hotel buffets, special holiday meals

Dec 08, 2018 - 9:30 AM

What diet? Check out what hotels around the country have to offer during the 2018 holiday season.

Pushing for inclusivity, hotel hires interns with Down syndrome

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A hotel in Davao City provides an avenue for those with Down syndrome to showcase their abilities

Only 3 of 10 Boracay hotels, resorts allowed to reopen

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Boracay now has half the number of hotel rooms available before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island closed

REOPENED ISLAND. The world-famous island of Boracay is ready to accept tourists again after 6 months of closure. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

At least 1% of rooms in newly built and refurbished hotels or traditional inns must be barrier-free for wheelchair users by September 2019

WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY. Improvements in travel and lodging will be made for the disabled in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from ShutterStock

LIST: 287 Boracay hotels allowed to operate

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) The government has accredited 287 hotels, resorts, and inns that are already compliant with rules and regulations

ACCREDITED. Shangri-la Resort is among those the DOT-accredited hotels that will operate on October 26. Photo from Shangri-la Resort website

LOOK: 'Largest wedding cake' in Baguio City

Sep 22, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Around 43 couples at a government-sponsored mass wedding are among the first to sample the 24-foot wedding cake

GIANT WEDDING CAKE. Newly-weds who were part of a mass wedding surround a giant wedding cake in Baguio City on September 22, 2018. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

For a cause: Golf charity event set to send teens to school

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:45 PM

A hotel group aims to raise money and send indigent teenagers to school

GIVING BACK. This is the third time the New World Hotel Group organizes a charity golf tournament. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort