More passengers using MCIA
The private operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), GMCAC, revealed that there was an increasing number of passengers using the airport. The third quarter saw 3.2 million international passengers and 6.3 million domestic passengers passing through the airport. These figures are higher compared to the 6.9 million passengers using the airport in 2014. GMCAC president Louie Ferrer said they achieved this feat with the support of its partners and the Cebuano community. Moreover, the airport is expected to meet its 12.8-million target for the year. Currently, the MCIA has 26 partner carriers serving 23 international destinations and 28 domestic destinations .
New hotel opens in time for Sinulog
With hotel rooms becoming scarce during the Sinulog Festival, it is timely that a new hotel opened its doors to Cebu two months before the annual celebration. Citadines Cebu City is the first property of Ascott Limited outside of Metro Manila. The new hotel is located in Juana Osmeña Street, which is within walking distance from the main route of the Sinulog Grand Parade. Nanette Moreno, resident manager of Citadines Cebu City, said the hotel features 180 serviced apartments offering guests with three room categories: studio units, one-bedroom units, and two-bedroom units. While they cater mainly to long-term guests, the hotel also accepts short-staying guests .
Divine Mercy icon planned in Consolacion
In preparation for the quincentennial celebration of Philippine Christianization in 2021, the Shrine of The Divine Mercy de Cebu Foundation, Inc. is planning to build a 130-foot Divine Mercy icon on a mountain in Consolacion. Since the icon will be overlooking the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), it will greet pilgrims who will visit Cebu in 2021. Aside from the Divine Mercy icon in the north, a giant image of Our Lady of Fatima will also be built by the foundation in the southern town of San Remigio. Moreover, the two projects received the support of Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma .