Resorts World Manila opens new hotel as Philippines lifts COVID-19 restrictions

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Posted: April 21, 2022, 8:40 a.m.

Last update: April 21, 2022, 8:40 a.m.

Resorts World Manila in the Philippines has a new hotel to show off. Hotel Okura has just celebrated its grand opening as the country has lifted all COVID-19 related lockdowns.

Hotel Okura Manila
Hotel Okura Manila in a company file photo. Resorts World Manila’s luxury hotel held its grand opening on Wednesday, April 21. (Image: Okura Nikko Hotels)

It’s been a long road for Resorts World Manila, a Genting Group property, to open one of its biggest businesses. The resort originally planned to open Hotel Okura, an 11-story hotel with 190 rooms, in 2018. However, construction delays, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, forced the casino operator to change its planes.

Now, four years later, the hotel is finally open to guests. After a successful soft launch in December, Resorts World Manila officially opened the new facility yesterday, according to Inside the Asian Game. The grand opening coincides with the removal of all COVID-19-induced lockdowns in the Philippines.

Metro Manila welcomes a new hotel

Hotel Okura is located near major tourist and business areas of Metro Manila, which will allow it to meet the needs of a wide range of travelers. This is an upscale Japanese-themed hotel, with handcrafted woodwork sourced directly from Japanese artisans and Japanese-inspired decor.

The hotel is the latest to become part of the Okura Hotels & Resorts chain. The company now operates more than 25 hotels in Japan, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

Okura-branded hotels are just one part of the company’s global hotel empire. Its parent company, Okura Nikko Hotel Management, also manages properties under the Hotel JAL City and Nikko Hotels International brands.

In addition to the luxury hotel rooms, the property has other amenities that have a certain clientele in mind. There is a heated rooftop swimming pool accompanied by saunas and a full gym. The signature restaurant, Yamazato, offers authentic Japanese cuisine and is joined by Yawaragi, which offers Japanese cuisine combined with “Western and Asian specialties”.

Hotel Okura Manila offers easy access to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. There is a pedestrian walkway connecting the property to the airport a few minutes away.

Back to normal

The Philippines has faced a protracted fight against COVID-19. As a result, there has been an impact on all facets of the economy, including gaming. Casinos began opening their doors to customers last November after strict closures, but capacity limits were still in place.

Since then, the recovery has been slow but steady. Since yesterday, however, the government has lifted all lockdowns across the country.

The change came, in part, due to an announcement Monday from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency then said the Philippines was now a “low risk” country for international travel as COVID-19 cases continue to decline.

Except for a spike in new cases on Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 infections has declined since April 9. On that day, according to data from Johns Hopkins, the number of new cases was 299. As of April 19, the number was nearly half, at 156.

April 20, however, saw a substantial increase. Johns Hopkins data shows there were 365 new cases, erasing the positive toll from the previous two weeks. Despite the increase, there is currently no indication that the Philippines will reinstate health restrictions or lockdowns.

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