Mayor Romualdez eyes Leyte Park Resort Hotel renovation

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Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez is planning to renovate the Leyte Park Resort Hotel.

“It’s not a question of venturing [into hotel business], all I want is to save it and make use of it. It’s for the Taclobanons,” said Romualdez.

The Leyte Park Hotel was built by former First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1979. (

After the hotel was taken over by the government in 1986, ownership was transferred to the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, the Privatization Management Office, and the provincial government of Leyte.

According to the mayor, the city government was attempting to obtain a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, half of which would be used to purchase and renovate the hotel.

He also said that after renovation, the facility would be offered to a private company with the capacity and knowledge to run a hotel business.

Reopening the hotel would not only create at least 2,000 jobs, but would also increase the number of hotel rooms needed by the city in anticipation of an influx of tourists and even investors with the reopening of the pandemic-affected economy, said Romualdez.

The city government, he added, would hire a private company to assist them in redesigning the hotel with a convention center inside the 6.1-hectare property to accommodate thousands of visitors during gatherings.