MCIA’s Going Green Campaign is going strong
The “Going Green Campaign” of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) continues to gain ground. This comes as the private operator of the airport directed restaurants and retail stores of the airport to use eco-friendly containers. Andrew Harrison, chief executive advisor of GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), said the move was part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. He also said most of the concessionaires in Terminal 1 and 2 are now using biodegradable alternatives for their food containers, utensils, cups, and bags. This move has reduced its plastic waste by 30 percent since 2018. Moreover, 30 percent of the electricity needs of the airport come from 6,300 solar panels installed in Terminal 1. It is the first airport in the country using solar power for its electricity requirements .
Beach mall to rise in Mactan Newtown
Megaworld Corporation is planning to put up a two-level shopping mall in its Mactan Newtown estate. Chief strategy officer Kevin Tan said the booming tourism industry in Cebu holds more potential for the property giant. He added that the Megaworld Lifestyle Mall is inspired by the iconic coastline developments in South California. The PhP1.5-billion mall will feature a floor area of 30,000 square meters with a 1.4-hectare man-made lagoon in the center. It will innovate mall development and beach lifestyle in Cebu. The mall will also have four cinemas, a traveler’s lounge, a food hall, a view deck, and alfresco areas. Construction will start this year and expected project completion is in 2021 .
City resorts and hotels to receive help
Resorts and hotels participating in the tourism program of the Cebu Provincial Capitol will receive help to enhance their services. Through its partner, Oyo Technology and Hospitality, the province will help enhance the amenities offered by resorts and hotels in component towns and cities. It will also provide the necessary training to boost services to meet international standards. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia highlighted the importance of upgrading the local hospitality industry. Aside from the tourist spots, tourists should also be welcomed by clean amenities offered by resorts and hotels in Cebu. The move to upgrade the facilities and services is consistent with the move of the Capitol in promoting countryside tourism .
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