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18 Jul, 2013

Tune Hotels Opens First Property in Mindanao


July 18, 2013 – International hotel group Tune Hotels has widened its presence in the Philippines with the opening of its first hotel in the southern island of Mindanao at Cagayan de Oro City.

Tune Hotels Group CEO Mark Lankester said: “This is our fifth footprint in the Philippines. Thanks to the booming Philippine economy and its very healthy tourist arrivals, we are very pleased with our performance here since we opened our very first Philippine hotel at Angeles City, Pampanga more than two years ago. At least five more Tune Hotels are scheduled for opening in the Philippines over the next 18 months, including in Davao City in Mindanao and Quezon City in Manila later this year.”

Welcoming its first guests this Friday (July 19, 2013), the 159-room Tune Hotel Cagayan de Oro is Tune Hotels’ fifth property in the Philippines, after Angeles City, Ermita and Makati in Manila, and Cebu City.

Conveniently located on C. M. Recto Avenue along the highway to Iligan and Butuan, Tune Hotel CDO is right in the heart of the Lapasan Central Business District and walking distance to the Limketkai Center and Centrio Mall. While the Mindanao University of Science and Technology campus is also nearby, food and shopping establishments are all within the vicinity.

Cagayan de Oro or CDO as it is widely known, is the 10th largest city in the Philippines and is the capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao.

Particularly famous for its whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures, CDO also offers a host of other extreme water sports activities such as water tubing and river trekking. Historical tours and shopping are also part of the must-do list when in CDO.

“The Philippines is a priority market for Tune Hotels. With the rise of budget travel packages from airlines and increase in business travels, there’s a high demand for value hotels that provide affordable, safe, clean, convenient and comfortable accommodations and that’s precisely what Tune Hotels is all about,” Lankester said.

“Our focused business model of providing the quality basic essentials to travelers so that they are guaranteed a comfortable 5-star bed and a great shower means that we can make our room rates as attractive as possible, consistently. By eliminating services that they do not need, we allow people to save more so they can stay in tune to what matters most when they travel.”

Tune Hotels provides accommodation which focuses on key essentials but minus the generally underused facilities found in other hotels such as swimming pools, business centres and gymnasiums. By doing away with these costly and high-maintenance facilities, Tune Hotels is able to pass on savings to its guests in the form of super low room rates. Its pay-as-you-use concept lets travellers choose and pay only for amenities that they require to keep costs down, reduce waste and save energy.

The group has received almost five million guests since the opening of its first hotel in Downtown Kuala Lumpur in 2007. With the opening of CDO, Tune Hotels how has five hotels in the Philippines, 11 in Malaysia, five in the UK, four each in Thailand and Indonesia, and one in India. The company is set to open another property in Japan and Australia this year while future projects are planned in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Tune Hotels is part of Tune Group, a lifestyle business conglomerate co-founded by Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun, who are the Group CEO and Deputy Group CEO respectively of Asia’s largest low cost carrier AirAsia.

For real-time updates and promotion alerts, guests can stay connected with Tune Hotels via Facebook at www.facebook.com/tunehotelsAUS and on Twitter via www.twitter.com/tunehotels.

For booking and further information, visit www.tunehotels.com .