The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved the application for registration of Grand City Hotels Inc. for the P36.89 million modernization project for its New Dawn Pensionne House in Cagayan de Oro City.

In a press release, the BOI stated that the modernization project has qualified as a tourism project for complying with the requirements under Special Laws (R.A. 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009) – Tourism Related Facilities of the 2022 Strategic Investment Priority Plan (SIPP) of R.A. 11534 (CREATE Act).

Accordingly, the project will involve upgrading its 77-room seven-story building with installation of technology to fully comply with the health and safety protocols for tourism accommodation to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and reduce carbon emission, upgrading its booking, check-in/out, and payment system through the use of the Hotel Property Management System (PMS) of OPTIMA.

In particular, the modernization efforts include a digital payment system, self-check-in kiosk, installation of fresh air and new mechanical exhausts, upgrade of room furniture and fixtures, structural improvements, and enhancement of other major IT and operations equipment.

Further, each room is fitted with a key fob electricity controller, where all the room’s amenities are shut off once the guest removes the key card of the room from its slot. Another feature is the sustainable operations practice to reduce water usage by encouraging guests to reuse linens and towels in the room. Also, greenery and plants are placed on the rooftop to reduce rain runoff and add insulation to the building.

To increase its natural air purification and ambiance, plants are also placed around public areas, while room and public area light fit-outs are replaced with LED models. Other features of the renovated facility are a centralized heater, hotel signage, and generator set with designated power-up hours; natural fresh air build-ups with windows and doorways to encourage air flow with less electricity use, and the use of new elevator models with energy-efficient fit-out and build up.

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