Leading Southeast Asian economy hotel chain and online booking platform ZEN Rooms (www.zenrooms.com) announces a strategic minority investment of USD15M by Yanolja, the leading Seoul-based leisure company with rights to acquire 100% of ZEN Rooms in the future. This is the largest startup investment by a Korean company in Southeast Asia.
ZEN Rooms, founded in 2015 by ex-Foodpanda co-founder Kiren Tanna and Nathan Boublil, operates a disruptive economy hotel chain and online booking platform in 5 major Southeast Asian countries, including: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Within only 3 years, ZEN Rooms’ business has grown exponentially to over 1,000 economy hotel franchisees and over 7,000 room inventory and established itself as the top-rated affordable franchise in the region, with average Customer Review scores of 7.9 on public OTA and review sites.
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ZEN Rooms was founded to disrupt the value-for-money of the Southeast Asian hotel market, helping hotel franchisees be more efficient, competitive, safe & reliable by strengthening their quality standards, resulting in improved customer satisfaction for budget travelers. ZEN Rooms is vertically integrated, combining room booking, branding, sales and management with a self-developed online/mobile platform – which distinguishes ZEN Rooms from other hotel franchises. ZEN Rooms now plans to use the capital to expand its inventory base in current and new markets and continue to invest in technology to keep improving the sector’s efficiency.
Uratex, the country’s leading sleep specialist, partners with philanthropists and society personalities Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga for the company’s ongoing CSR campaign, Project 50, which aims to provide a total of 2,500 mattresses to 50 public hospitals and nursing homes nationwide.
Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed campaign through Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) won two awards at the 53rd Anvil Awards held at the Shangri-La at the Fort in BGC.
Out of over 450 entries across the country, Eye Can Succeed won the Gold Anvil Award for Public Relations Program on sustainable basis, and the Silver Anvil Award for Specialized Public Relations Program for its advocacy campaign for healthy vision.
The campaign helps Filipino public senior high school students to achieve better eye sight by providing free eye check-ups and giving free eyeglasses. EVF, the philanthropic arm of Essilor, is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences among the 2.5 billion people around the world and to provide opportunities to live a better life through better eye sight.
For more information, visit Essilor’s website at www.essilor.com.ph/eyecansucceed, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Discovery Suites recognized recently loyal employees from different departments as it marked its 18th anniversary. The employees have worked at Discovery for many years, upholding the gracious brand of service the company is known for.
Among those who received their loyalty awards for 10 years of service were Guest Services Associate Melvin Lipangco, Engineering Assistant Manager El Perez, Banquet Sales Manager Kris Arciaga, Reservations Manager Alexandra Noelle Puen, and Executive Assistant to the General Manager Rowena Gulle. Celebrating their 18th year with Discovery Suites, meanwhile, are Engineering Associate Bernard Tamargo, Financial Controller Laureen Udtuhan, Purchasing Manager and Property Custodian Milette Vizcarra, and Housekeeping Associate Marlon Mendoza.
As it breathes new life to Clark, Pampanga, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City has been changing and invigorating the business and leisure landscape in the north with a progressive redevelopment masterplan. Integral to this plan is its 3.6-hectare sustainable office campus—dubbed Workplus—set amidst lush greeneries that is conducive for both work and wellness.
Being at the forefront of Filinvest Mimosa+’s vision to elevate the business industry in Clark, six office buildings are set to rise in Workplus within the next six years. Currently, two office buildings—called 1 Workplus and 2 Workplus—are already complete and ready to welcome corporations that are looking to expand their business in Central Luzon. This is another proof of the dynamism that Filinvest has been injecting into the Mimosa+ estate.
“With the opening of Workplus, we aim to not only bring in more business to Clark, but to also help increase employment in Pampanga,” notes Filinvest Cyberzone’s first vice president Janette Cordero.
With a total gross floor area of over 110,000 square meters and total gross leasable area of approximately 100,000 square meters, all Workplus buildings come equipped with fibre optic facilities that are best suited for business process outsourcing (BPO), information technology (IT), and knowledge-based companies, with ample surface and podium parking areas available. Furthermore, each structure strictly follows the green building guidelines of Clark Development Corporation to promote corporate social responsibility and true green living.
Also of particular note is how the office campus is filled with full grown Acacia trees and rich flora. Cognizant of this, Filinvest Mimosa+ collaborated with renowned designer firm H1 Architecture to devise an office campus master plan that is conscious of the natural landscape, where the positioning of the buildings, for example, was carefully composed in such a way that it moves around and blends with the trees. This creates a healthy, vibrant atmosphere that seamlessly integrates the landscape with the buildings’ architectural design.
Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, recently held its first basketball cup tournament at the Balabag basketball court in Boracay aptly named the Solane Boracay Cup.
The event aimed to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship in a competitive and friendly game while encouraging a healthy lifestyle among its employees. The basketball tournament is also part of Solane’s corporate social responsibility program which seeks to help provide educational materials and school equipment to public schools.
For the second year in a row, Filinvest Alabang, Inc. (FAI) was hailed as one of the 2017 BCI Asia Awards’ Top Ten Developers in the Philippines in ceremonies held recently at the Shangri-La Fort.
FAI, Filinvest Development Corporation’s arm that specializes in townships and high-end residential developments, is the company behind Filinvest City in Alabang, the premier master-planned central business district (CBD) that is transforming living and working in the south and its neighboring locales. It is also the moving force behind the Parkway Corporate Center in Filinvest City, the first office condominium under the WorkSpaces by Filinvest banner that offers office units for sale in a dynamic, premium location.
Both projects exemplify FAI’s ability to take on a diverse development portfolio, recognizing its expertise in undertaking master-planned communities of varying scales and concepts.