Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, a popular Philippines casino owner and operator, filed an application with TIEZA (Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority) for a cruise port to be built nearby company's flagship Solaire Resort & Casino in the Entertainment City of Manila.
The proposed US$308M development, revealed by TIEZA last week, would not only include terminal facilities but entertainment facilities like retail, dining, public esplanades and maritime recreation options.
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In a statement, TIEZA unveiled it had forwarded the proposal from Sureste Properties Inc (Bloomberry subsidiary) to the Office of the President Duerte who had expressed "no objection to the proposal subject to the compliance of all government required permits and environmental clearances.”
By 2020, the first phase of the project, at US$82 million, will prioritize the major navigation components for Solaire Cruise Center (SCC) and the building of the berth for the homeport (that will initially become port-of-call facility).
According to Bloomberry, the application would require approval from government departments before becoming a reality. The final cost and configuration of the cruise port project would depend on the technical study that ECC application would require, the approvals of regulators and market demands.