MANILA ( PNA ) - Traders Hotel Manila managed by Shangri-La Hotel & Resorts , welcomes guests to a new innovative concept being managed by a new general manager , Juan Carlos Diago
Traders Hotel Manila is the first choice in the Manila Bay area , along Roxas Boulevard.It is 20 minutes away from the International and domestic airport and just opposite the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine International Convention Center.
This is the first time that THM was given a GM
who really works very hard , what with the renovation and improvement now going on inside and outside the hotel.I'm only here for at least five months and the renovation is not so easy.When I first came , the renovation of at least two or three floors were completed by my predecessor.
And it is not just renovation , it includes flooring which we are changing to marble like for example the second floor , Diago
The coffee shop will be converted to an Italian concept that will be completed by the end of this year as well as the swim-ming pool.The renovation of the entire building will be finished , hopefully , by next year , Diago
I wish we could have more venues , more restau-rants to bring more guests to the hotel.Today , I can't believe how we are bringing guests to this hotel with only one restaurant and one coffee shop , he
As part of the strategies to increase revenue , Diago
said they have stopped the guest from bringing in fast food inside the hotel , have put up mini bars in at least 63 rooms , and started selling hamburger ( cheeseburger , pork shoulder burger , mini trio burger , chicken burger and hamburger ) which are available in all outlets of THM.
Just recently , the hotel hosted the La Cena de los Amigos in Casa Manila Patio in Intramuros.Foreign dignitaries from Latin American countries , top executives of big corpo-rations , travel trade officials and media graced the prestigious event.La Cena de los Amigos was con-ceptualized by Diago
, when he
was still the Hotel Mana-ger of Makati Shangri-La.
A Columbian national , Diago
is just the right man for the hotel to hold the position of a General Manager , having been involved in the hotel industry as part of a the family of hoteliers.Before holding his present position , he held the position of Hotel Manager of Makati Shangri-La
It was Diago
who initiated La Cena de los Amigos in Bangkok , which brought together the Spanish speaking community and dignitaries from different countries.It started with only 26 members and has increased to 70.Diago
is coordinating with local officials for the improvement of the surroundings of the hotel.I am very much concerned about the surroundings.I am trying to improve the parking lot so when guests come , they could be impressed..
When asked about the occupancy of the hotel , Diago
said they are getting 60 percent and above , despite the problem that beset the tourism industry ( vis-avis the Abu Sayyaf kidnapping ).We are okay when it comes to occupancy , although many of our competitors are giving rooms at very low rate - single or double.They ( competitors ) for the last two months have started giving $12.We are consi-dered a five-star hotel.Now , who can compete with them?.Diago started his career in Florida , USA , where he was given a presidential scholarship at the Miami Community College and obtained a degree in Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management
brings with him over 16 years of extensive experience in the fields of front office and Food & Beverage here , in Asia , USA and Latin America.