Following the joint announcement by Marriott International and the Cebu-based premiere property developer, AppleOne Properties Inc., in June to build the inaugural JW Marriott Resort and Residences in Panglao, Bohol, a groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday, December 2.
Present at the ceremony were key figures including Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, AppleOne executives, representatives from Marriott International, local government officials, and private stakeholders.
JW Marriott Residences will be built on a seven-hectare beachfront property in Panglao, Bohol. It is poised to “offer a unique lifestyle that combines modern luxury and the holistic mindfulness of the JW Marriott brand.” It will be complemented by the JW Marriott Panglao Island Resort & Spa, poised to be the island’s inaugural luxury resort.
During her address, Tourism Secretary Christina congratulated Marriott and AppleOne, stating, “The groundbreaking of JW Marriott in Bohol signals global confidence in the Philippines’ continuing resurgence and emergence in the global tourism market. This will also contribute to the reset of the world that the country is ready to take its place as Asia’s next tourism powerhouse.”
This investment is poised to stimulate economic growth, create additional employment opportunities, and attract international hotel brands to the Philippine market.
AppleOne President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Go Manigsaca emphasized, “Job creation is one of AppleOne’s major investment goals. We expect to generate similar opportunities for the locals of Bohol with JW Marriott Panglao Island Resort & Spa,” as stated in an earlier press release.
The JW Marriott Resort and Residences marks AppleOne’s third partnership with Marriott International, following the Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort and the Fairfield by Marriott Cebu Mactan.
This venture in Bohol will augment Marriott’s extensive portfolio, spanning over 100 hotels across 35 countries, ensuring the new property in Panglao provides “modern conveniences and 5-star amenities.”
AppleOne remains optimistic about the recovery of tourism, aiming to expand its hotel portfolio through strategic partnerships with international brands.