Hotels in Bohol, Cebu not spared by massive quake

Posted at 10/16/2013 12:26 PM | Updated as of 10/16/2013 6:45 PM
Part of Bohol Tropics Resort collapsed, as shown in this screen grab from a "TV Patrol" report.

MANILA – (UPDATE) A number of hotels in Bohol and Cebu were not spared by the powerful earthquake which rattled Central Visayas and killed at least 107 people on Tuesday.

Guests and employees of Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City, for instance, were seen evacuating the property on Tuesday after a part of it collapsed, as reported on ABS-CBN’s evening newscast “TV Patrol.”

One of the resort staff fainted at the height of the quake, and had to be carried by five others to be brought to safety.

Lovie Juan, a staff of the ABS-CBN comedy program “Banana Split,” also took a video of Tuesday’s quake, showing panicked people rushing to get out of the resort.

One of the biggest hotels in Bohol, Bellevue Resort, also took a hit from Tuesday’s quake. Bellevue Hotel group corporate general manager John Patrick Chan said some visitors have cancelled reservations for the next few days.

Still, he is optimistic that the impact of the quake on Bohol’s tourism industry will be minimal.

“We’ve been getting cancellations for the next few days… We’re expecting that everything will be back to normal soon,” Chan said.

Some of the resorts in Cebu were also affected by the earthquake, although not as much as Bohol, its neighboring province.

Receptionists at the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, for one, are not accepting reservations until Sunday as the hotel is being checked for damages.

The only guests staying at the hotel are those who have been booked since before the incident, one of them said.

While they felt the effects of the quake, Shangri-La Mactan and Cebu City Marriott Hotel did not suffer any significant structural damage and continue with regular operations.

“There were no guests or staff injuries and physical damage to property was cosmetic in nature,” Shangri-La Mactan said in a statement released Wednesday.

“The resort has resumed operations. We will continue to stay updated on the situation through the local authorities, as well as provide assistance to in-house guests,” it added.

For its part, Cebu City Marriott Hotel said it “has been declared safe to be occupied.”

“The safety and security of our guests and associates are our priority and with the immediate response of our team, no guest or employee injuries and fatalities occurred during the time of the earthquake,” the hotel said in a statement. – With ANC