Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Php240-M Subic island resort opens in the Philippines

Grande Island will be latest addition among several tourism facilities that the Freeport zone has to offer to draw more foreign and local tourists.

“This will definitely boost tourism industry here in Subic Freeport because the island is a perfect site for relaxation comparable to popular resorts in Asia,”

Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) General Manager Robert Dean Barbers who graced the recent opening ceremony noted that Grande Island and Subic Freeport as a whole will be included among the top destinations in the country being marketed by the government through the various Philippine tourism offices abroad.

“The huge investments infused in Grande Island only showed that investors still have the confidence in our country despite being tagged by some skeptics as a terrorism haven,” Barbers said.

Barbers also vowed to include Subic in the WOW Philippines Program of the Department of Tourism and the PTA’s Boosting Eco-Socio Tourism (BEST) or Beautiful and Exciting Site Trips project.

The resort’s chief operating officer Francis Elum said that the island boasts of a two-hectare seawater lagoon, whitesand beach, 20 quadruplex chalets along the beachfront area and a classy 14-room hotel.

Grande Island also invested about R160 million for the purchase of two airconditioned 250-seater ferry yachts to transport guests to the island and enjoy a cruise around the pristine waters of Subic Bay. To date, the company has a total investment of R400 million.

“The project was envisioned to provide family entertainment and combine the convenience and luxury of modern-day amenities with the charm of an island experience for both local and foreign tourists to enjoy,” Elum noted.

The master plan for the development of Grande Island formerly known as the “Fort Wint,” also includes the restoration of historical sites such as the three US artillery areas and the preservation of the forested areas to maintain ecological balance in the island resort.

Elum also stressed that historians need not worry about Grande’s value as an historical icon, because all the war battery sections of the island will remain untouched and instead cleaned up and maintained for people to visit and see.

“We are glad to help develop Grande. This is our way of also helping make Subic a world-class destination for tourists. It is like having an island paradise right in the heart of the country’s economic growth areas,” he added.


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