Where is the promised theme park?

When Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. broke ground for the Bayshore City Resorts World in Parañaque City on Oct. 1, reporters who have been covering the corporate beat came to the event, anticipating the announcement about Travellers’ previously announced plan to build “a world-class theme park on a par with some of the best theme parks in the US and around Asia” along with the integrated resort and casino complex.

A theme park was expected of Travellers, given its partnership with Genting group, which has been in the leisure and hospitality businesses, including theme parks such as the Universal Studios in Singapore.

But lo and behold, there was no mention of any theme park within the Bayshore City Resorts World development, when the company announced that it would start developing the 31-hectare casino and entertainment project.

The company just announced Bayshore City Resorts World would have at least 1,500 hotel rooms operated by international brands such as “The Westin Hotel Manila Bayshore” of the Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts group, the “Hotel Okura Manila” of the Okura Hotels & Resorts and the “Genting Grand” and “Crockfords Tower” of the Genting group.

The development will also have a 3,000-seat grand Opera House, over 77,000 square meters of retail space, condominiums, cinemas, food and beverage outlets and MICE facilities.

So why did Travellers scrap the plan to build a theme park? According to Travellers president Kingson Sian, it is difficult to have an outdoor theme park in the Philippines because of the weather.  It is either hot or rainy with thunderstorms, he said.

An indoor park could be an option, but this would be more expensive, as the whole development needs to be air-conditioned.  Sian, however, is not completely ruling out the possibility of having a theme park development within the integrated casino project in the future. So let’s see if we can still have a world-class theme park in the country when Bayshore City Resorts World opens in 2018.

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