The hospitality, leisure, meetings, and conventions business group of SM Investments Corporation, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., will launch two major projects in Clark, Pampanga.
In a statement, the firm said Northern Luzon clients will be delighted to know that Park Inn by Radisson Clark will open 100 additional rooms and SMX Convention Center will launch another conventions and meetings facility, the SMX Convention Center Clark, both by Q1 2020.
Park Inn by Radisson Clark’s breakdown of additional room types are 43 King Rooms (26.46-27.58 sq. m. gross area per room), 50 Twin Rooms (26.46-30.21 sq. m.), 2 person-with-disability Rooms (26.46 sq. m.) and 5 Corner 1-Bedroom Suite (49.04 sq. m.) bringing the total number of guest rooms to 254.
The increase in the hotel’s guest rooms will address the demand for accommodations especially during peak season in the country, the company said.
Furthermore, the improvements being made at Clark International Airport will drive the growth in number of domestic travelers and international visitors doing business or visiting the country for leisure, it added.
Walid Wafik, SMX Convention Center VP-General Manager, said: “The new addition of SMX Clark in Pampanga makes us look forward to establishing the SMX Convention Center brand in the Northern Luzon area.”
“SMX is known as a premier events venue ideal for conventions, meetings and other types of gathering, with branches in key cities across the country,” Wafik added.
“We are excited to do business in Pampanga and serve our clients well. Instead of the clients travelling all the way from Pampanga to Manila to hold their big conventions and other events, we are bringing SMX Convention Center to you to help make your events more accessible and successful.”
Clark is being developed as the new city to decongest Manila’s highly populated areas, with a number of government offices, are set to relocate to the New Clark City in the future.
Clark International Airport processes domestic flights to Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Palawan, Boracay, Bagabag and international flights to Hong Kong, Doha, Incheon, and Singapore, Taipei, China, Macau, and Osaka.
SMX Convention Center Clark will be the second standalone convention center after SMX Manila and the 8th property of the convention center and trade halls group.
Its gross leasable space spans more than 4, 000 sq. m. with two levels for the event venues and a mezzanine floor for offices. It will be constructed adjacent to the Park Inn by Radisson Clark with three trade halls, three function rooms and complemented by 14 smaller meeting rooms.
Similar to its flagship property in Manila, SMX Convention Center Clark’s facilities such as bathroom faucets, lighting system, and escalators will use motion sensors to conserve on energy. LED bulbs and a structural glass façade will help reinforce energy efficiency. The male restrooms will also have waterless urinals making it eco-friendly and consume less water.
Conveniently, a connecting bridgeway from the SM City Clark Pampanga will provide ease of access to and from the SMX Clark Convention Center or Park Inn by Radisson Clark hotel.
SMX Clark is a mere 16-minute drive from the airport via Manuel Roxas Highway and approximately a 20-minute drive via Gil Puyat Clark East Perimeter Road.
The new convention facility can cater to the increasing demand for more venues for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions related events being held in the Northern Luzon area.