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13/04/2011 - Movenpick Resort & Spa, Cebu opens on Mactan Island, Philippines  13/04/2011 - Movenpick Resort & Spa, Cebu opens on Mactan Island, Philippines

13/04/2011 - Movenpick Resort & Spa, Cebu opens on Mactan Island, Philippines

Manila, Philippines: The Swiss based hotel chain Movenpick Hotels and Resorts has officially taken over the management of the Hilton Cebu Hotel and Resort on Mactan Island, Philippines.

The Movenpick Resort and Spa Cebu is Movenpick’s first venture in the Philippines and marks the first step in its’ aggressive expansion plans for Asia.

The resort consists of two hundred and forty six rooms, including seventy four spa suites and is owned by Oikonomos International Resources Corporation. Their previous management agreement with Hilton Worldwide started in 2005.

“We are very excited about our arrival in the Philippines. It is a significant milestone for Movenpick Hotels and Resorts as it marks our 15th signed hotel in Asia,” Jean Gabriel Peres, president and CEO of Movenpick Hotels and Resorts, commented.

“Movenpick plans to make an immediate impact on the market by offering visitors a new type of service with genuine caring for guests and clients at its core,” added Helmut Gaisberger, Movenpick director for business development and temporary general manager of Movenpick Resort and Spa Cebu, although he gave no further details about the new type of service.

The five star hotel chain currently manage ninety hotels in twenty six countries and serve six million guests each year.

The World Travel Market in London named Movenpick Hotels and Resorts as the "fastest growing hotel chain in the Middle East" in 2003.

In October 2010 Movenpick announced plans for three new projects in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, Thailand, with two additional projects earmarked for Thailand by 2014.

In October last year the company also announced the development of the Movenpick Shanghai China with King Land Real Estate Ltd. This three hundred room hotel will be the first of several resort developments planned by Movenpick for mainland China.

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