Consumers embrace ‘phygital reality’

  If blended learning, initially a peripheral concept, is the likely future of education when the COVID-19 pandemic ends, blended retailing may also become the new normal for commercial establishments as physical and digital worlds collide.In its report “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2021,” Euromonitor International calls this combination of in-person and online shopping to…

wellness, massage, relaxation

In Tagaytay, healing spa is evolving into dining destination

Nurture’s president Cathy Turvill had always admired Raintree head honcho Annabel Wisniewski for the group’s world-class level of hotel and restaurant operations. Turvill admitted that despite positive customer feedback, Nurture’s food service needed an overhaul. This could only be accomplished by a hospitality industry veteran such as Raintree. After the long lockdown that resulted in…

café, pavement cafe, al fresco

With patios inspired by parks, alfresco dining is now as comfy as indoors

In Taguig City, Uptown Mall’s “new normal” dining option features outdoor areas redesigned to resemble pocket parks. Uptown Food Hall has indoor tables, but due to the ever-changing quarantine classifications, the mall has created an extended alfresco area on the fourth floor complete with plants, wooden picnic tables, benches, fairy lights and chimes! The welcoming…

It’s not just the sites; for travelers, it’s safety first

  With people now more conscious about their health and safety, businesses under the travel and hospitality sector, as they continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact, need to focus on the future of Philippine tourism: to become an industry that creates “low-density and high-value” experiences for consumers. In short, according to…

Struggling Boracay business operators hope for better times ahead

ILOILO CITY—Boracay Island’s tourism industry players are struggling to survive and are now pinning their hope on the government’s promised support under a “new normal” era that will focus on an eco-friendly strategy that combines “work and leisure” for tourists going to the island. “The current situation in Boracay is dire with most of the…

shopping mall, store, retail

SM Prime gave P23-B rent waivers, discounts to mall tenants in 2020

Property giant SM Prime Holdings provided about P23 billion worth of rental concessions last year to help shopping mall tenants across the country stay afloat amid lockdown restrictions imposed by the government to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are continuously assisting our business partners, most especially our mall tenants, who are badly affected by community…

green, cord, music

Converge to tap undersea cable system via $100-M deal with Keppel, Facebook

Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is securing crucial internet capacity via an upcoming international submarine cable system that is being built by global technology giants. In a stock exchange filing on Wednesday, Converge announced plans to invest over in the project known as the Bifrost Cable System, a 15,000-kilometer undersea cable project from Singapore to the…