MANILA, JUNE 12, 2007
(STAR) C‘EST CEBU By Honey Jarque Loop - Encouraged and stirred by the rousing success of past travel fairs, the Cebu Association of Tour Operators (CATO), Cebu Travel and Tours Association (CTTA), and Global-Link Marketing and Management Services Inc. once again hosted the Third International Travel, Tours, Leisure and Lifestyle Expo at the SM City Trade Hall.

Joseph “Ace” Durano, the industrious and indefatigable secretary of the Department of Tourism, invited guests to explore the many beautiful destinations our 7,107 islands have to offer, savor our local and fusion cuisine, shop in bargain malls and town centers, and experience first hand the warmth and varied charms of our people.

Cebu Provincial Governor Gwen Garcia and Cebu Vice Mayor Michael Rama likewise delivered brief inspirational messages. Tourism Region VII Director Dawnie Roa, ever supportive of tourism and travel events, was present as well to support and forge meaningful partnerships with local and international travel and tourism players.

This year’s very successful travel exhibition had over a hundred exhibitors from the different sectors of the travel industry, composed of airlines and shipping lines, hotels and resorts, tour operators and travel agencies, restaurants and other stakeholders in the world of travel and tourism. Foreign destinations such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sabah and Singapore had their own pavilions.

Dedicated and driven event chair Marget Villarica of Destination Specialists spearheaded the travel and tours mart with the able assistance of dynamic ladies Cecil Sa-a, president of CTTA; Alice Queblatin, president of CATO; and the gentleman Patrick Lawrence Tan, managing director of Global Link Marketing and Management Services Inc.

The Resort Club at Hilton Cebu offers a holiday investment C‘EST CEBU By Honey Jarque Loop

Over the past few years, the island of Mactan has augmented its reputation as one of the Philippines’ most sought after tropical destinations. Not only does the island boast almost year-round fine weather, it also has more than its fair share of luxury hotels and resorts.

One such establishment that vividly stands out with its rich flamingo pink, French-Mediterranean-inspired high-rise complex that evokes the Côte d’Azur is Hilton Cebu Resort and Towers.

The property has three components, each offering world-class unparalleled levels of style and service. They are the luxurious five-star beach resort hotel and the Residences 1 and 11, which were formally opened last Oct. 26, 2005, with no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in attendance.

Owner of the entire holiday complex Manny Osmeña, the passionate, driven, full-of-ideas hotelier, once again outdid himself with the opening of yet another tower simply called the Resort Club.

Guest of honor at the launch was the much-admired, no-nonsense Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano and the newly reelected by a landslide victory Provincial Governor Gwen Garcia.

The Resort Club operates the five-star serviced apartments located on the third floor to the ninth floor, while 68 well-appointed residential condominiums are on the 10th to the 20th floors served by three high-zone elevators.

Among the many privileges it offers its shareholders-members are seven one-night certificates of complimentary suite accommodation in the club’s apartments every year and may be enjoyed anytime of the year by just simply making a reservation.

Being proprietary in nature, shareholders have voting rights as well, and shall own pro-rata the club’s properties at the end of the terms of the corporation, making it unique among private clubs.

Every room provides guests with a spectacular panoramic view of the sea from their private balcony. European marble-tiled en-suite baths, glass-enclosed showers, broadband Internet access, and beds complete the perfect picture of luxury.

Members are provided access to recreational, health and fitness facilities, such as aqua sports and diving, tennis courts, business center, full-service gym, and a wide range of health services. They can indulge in various gastronomic crusades with permanent discount privileges at the fine restaurants and cafes that serve an imaginative blend of international influences, complemented by a selection of fine wines.

Days pass in blissful indecision, whether to dive into the inviting waters of the free-form swimming pool or sink your feet into the sands of the spectacular beach, where sand banks disappear gently into the sea. For personal pampering, the spa offers wonderful massage and treatments. This can be had in one’s own bedroom.

As the sun sinks over the horizon, the Sapphire Pool Bar offers the perfect vista from which to view the kaleidoscope of colors on the ocean.

Quietly refined, delightfully stylish, Hilton Cebu Resort and Towers fully deserves its popularity with both honeymooners and families.

Moving in such an atmosphere, the visitor finds serenity, peace, and finally joy. The Hilton Cebu Resort and Towers is the culmination of superior accommodations, the finest amenities, and the highest standards of personal and discreet service.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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