Ciudad de Victoria and the Philippine Arena
TWO/ECO Tourism Development Consultants has secured for New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI) the designation of Ciudad de Victoria, as a 58 hectare tourism enterprise zone in Bulacan province.
It is anchored by New Era University's (NEU) Philippine Arena, the largest fully enclosed dome in the world, with a seating capacity of 50,000 persons. In Ciudad de Victoria, NEU will also construct (a) EGM Medical Center, targeting the medical tourism market, (b) the NEU Sports Complex, giving the Philippines a world-class facility for international competitions, and (c) a new university campus, with specific focus on educational tourism, symposia, and training.
NSJBI will be responsible for the overall development of the zone, from the infrastructure to the provision of facilities for accommodations, and a retail area for the exposition of Bulacan's products in pastries, fireworks, jewelry, horticulture, furniture, among others.
Ciudad de Victoria thus creates a unique tourism experience, at the intersection of leisure, business, education and well-being, where people can travel not only to be entertained, but to learn, believe and succeed.
Ciudad de Victoria, through the Philippine Arena and the NEU Sports Complex, thus provides large venues for events - particularly for competitions, concerts, and conventions - but when coupled with the medical center and university, it creates unique tourism markets that emphasize both intellectual and physical well-being.
Considering its location on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) between the existing hubs of Metro Manila (45km from Ninoy Aquino International Airport) and Clark Special Economic Zone (65 kms from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport), Ciudad de Victoria is thus highly accessible both to domestic and international tourism, having direct access to NLEX and being roughly an hour to the international airports of Manila and Clark. The projected North Rail and Metro Rail 7 developments are likely to make Ciudad de Victoria even more accessible.
Ciudad de Victoria will be developed by New San Jose Builders, Inc., a real estate company with a robust portfolio of service and recreational facilities, transport infrastructure, sustainable townships and prime residential condominiums. NSJBI, however, has not only recently entered the tourism industry but has made a significant impact with its own venture, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (see also our previous post, here). Las Casas is a heritage themed resort along the West Philippine Sea, in the province of Bataan, where guests are accommodated in reconstructed and restored Philippine Spanish colonial period houses.
The Philippine Arena was designed by consulting firms internationally recognized for the architecture and design of large public facilities, Populous and Buro Happold, and will be built by Hanwha construction of Korea.
More information to follow.