|By ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao City’s major hotelier may overtake the local government in building a large convention center that City Hall earlier said is badly needed for major local and international conventions and trade fairs.
The Royal Mandaya Hotel said the 5,000-seat convention center would rise on a 4.5 ha property in Matina, at the outskirt of the city proper, alongside an eco-resort complex, said Glenn Escandor, Mandaya executive vice president.
Earlier, Mayor Sara Duterte said the local government would build its own convention center as event organizers moaned lack of large venues. Fair and conventions here are normally held at the Davao Trade and Convention Center and the Bangko Sentral Convention Hall.
Mayor Duterte said the convention center, one of her priorities, would form part of local efforts to attract investors through trade fairs and conventions.
Escandor told local media the Royal Mandaya Eco-Resort and Convention Center would have a seating capacity of 3,000 banquet-style and 4,000 to 5,000 seating capacity classroom-style.
Among others, the eco-resort will have 38 two-level villas with private parking, 15 two-level pool villas, 14 one-bedroom suites, two children’s pools and lap pools, two function halls that can accommodate 250 people per hall, the royal tent venue that can house 400 people, spa and wellness center, royal gazebo, wave pool with water slides, open field, and two royal suites.