Dusit International partners with Metro Pacific Investments Corporation for hospitality and real estate venture in the Philippines

Event Calendar Press Releases Wednesday February 19, 2020 14:08
Bangkok--19 Feb--Dusit International

Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, has signed an investment agreement with major Filipino infrastructure holding company Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) to jointly develop and manage hospitality and residential properties in the Philippines. This joint investment is subject to approval from the Philippines Competition Commission, expected to be completed in June 2020.

MPIC, a listed company on the Philippines Stock Exchange, is a leading developer of power plants, toll roads, waterworks, light rail, and other infrastructure megaprojects in the Philippines. The investment agreement reflects MPIC's plans to invest in real estate projects comprising hotels and condominiums, for which it required an experienced and trusted management partner, as well as Dusit's plans to collaborate with leading industry partners to enhance its own capacity to create continuous and stable business growth.

As per the investment agreement, the structure of which is expected to be in place by December 2020, MPIC's newest real estate, hospitality, and tourism subsidiary, Metro Vantage Properties, Inc. (MVPI), and Dusit Philippines Corporation, a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Dusit International, will jointly invest in two companies in the Philippines, namely Metro Dusit Inc. (MDI) and Dusit Hospitality Management Corporation (DHM).

MDI will operate as a developer of real estate projects in the Philippines, particularly hotel and residential condominium projects, while DHM will provide management services in relation to these projects as well as other projects developed in partnership with third-party business operators. DHM will also manage all of Dusit's existing properties in the Philippines.

The investment partnership, initially worth a total of THB 979.05 million (PHP 1,605.00 million), is in line with Dusit's three-pronged strategy for sustainable and profitable growth, which includes balance, expansion and diversification. As part of the strategy, Dusit aims to expand its presence in established and emerging markets to achieve a 50-50 balance between domestic and international revenue by 2025.

"While we recognise the novel coronavirus outbreak is currently impacting trade and business throughout Asia, our partnership with MPIC is a long-term investment scheduled to be in place at the end of the year, when we believe business as usual will be resumed," said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International. "Last year, more than eight million foreign tourists visited the Philippines. Domestic travel is strong too, with 111.4 million domestic tourists recorded in 2018. Both of these figures are only expected to grow.

"By leveraging MPIC's rich experience, and building on our existing presence in the Philippines, we will be perfectly positioned to tap into this rising demand and expedite our growth. And by delivering unique hospitality experiences inspired by our distinctive brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, we will be perfectly placed to meet the needs of discerning travellers, contribute to the growth of new and existing destinations, and bring long-term value to the communities in which we operate."

Mr Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, MPIC, said, "Today, we commemorate another milestone for Metro Pacific as we enter the real estate, hospitality, and tourism industry. Through our partnership with Dusit International, a company with over seven decades of experience in delivering Thai-inspired gracious hospitality all over the world, we hope to play a significant role in changing the landscape of this thriving industry through meeting the evolving needs and lifestyles of both local and foreign travellers and contribute to the inclusive and sustainable development of our country."

Dusit International's property portfolio now comprises 307 properties (nine owned, 298 managed) operating under six brands across 14 countries. The company has also recently diversified into food business, with strategic investments designed to mitigate risk, expand its customer base, and generate revenue from adjacent lines of commerce.

About Dusit International

Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose ?rst hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's Charoenkrung Road. Today the company is a leader in hotel management and hospitality education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana.

Alongside growing its operations globally, with more than 50 properties in the pipeline across key destinations, Dusit International is also expanding its business to provide new experiences for customers across the lodging spectrum.

The company recently entered the vacation rental market with the full acquisition of Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia, and it also announced plans to enter the lifestyle market with the launch of ASAI Hotels, a distinctive new brand designed to link curious, millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in vibrant cities and resort destinations worldwide.

The company also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School.

Dusit International is currently redeveloping its flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel as part of Dusit Central Park, a landmark mixed-use project comprising residences, an office building, retail areas, and a new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel. The new hotel is expected to open in 2023.

For more information, please visit www.dusit.com.
Official photos of Dusit Hotels & Resorts can be downloaded at medialib.dusit.com

Latest Press Release

“JAS” ส่ง “JTS" รุกธุรกิจ Hyperscale Data Center และ Cloud Service

บริษัท จัสมิน เทเลคอม ซิสเต็มส์ จำกัด (มหาชน) หรือ JTS ผนึก KT Corporation (KT) พันธมิตรจากประเทศเกาหลีใต้ ลงนามในสัญญา “Strategic Collaboration Agreement” โดย JTS จะเข้าสู่ตลาด Hyperscale Data Center และ Cloud Service...

EKA GLOBAL showcases longevity packaging innovations at “THAIFEX - ANUGA ASIA 2020: The Hybrid Edition”

Mr. Chaiwat Nantiruj (first left), Eka Global’s Group CEO, led the company’s executive and team, to showcase EKA Global’s innovative longevity product packaging at “THAIFEX – ANUGA ASIA 2020: The Hybrid Edition”....

Dr.Somkid Visit the Saha Group's Carbon Composite Plant

Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, (4th from left) Chairman of Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited, along with Mr. Boonsithi Chokwatana, (3rd from right) Chairman of Saha Group and Saha Group executives Mr. Vichai Kulsomphob, (2ndfrom left) and Mr....

Huawei: Creating New Value with Synergy Across Five Tech Domains

HUAWEI CONNECT 2020 opened today in Shanghai. HUAWEI CONNECT is an annual flagship event hosted by Huawei for the global ICT industry. It is a platform where Huawei discloses its major strategies. In 2016, Huawei envisioned an intelligent world and...

MQDC Launches FutureTales Lab

Mr. Visit Malaisirirat, CEO of Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), has announced the launch of FutureTales Lab by MQDC, the Thai property sector’s first futurology center. MQDC sees the importance of understanding new trends...

Related Topics