Winford Hotel marks official opening

MJC Investments Corp. officially opened its P8 billion (US$160.6 million) Winford Hotel and Casino on Friday last week, local media reports.

MJC Investments Corp. is a subsidiary of the Manila Jockey Club Inc. (MJC).

“I’m quite bullish that, as we diversify the business of Manila Jockey Club, hotel, tourism and leisure will play a bigger role through the years because we are riding on the potential of the Philippines as a country to also take a bigger role on the world stage when it comes to hotels and tourism infrastructures,” said Alfonso Reyno III, president of MJC and vice president of MJCIC, quoted by Business Mirror.

“We really have a lot to offer both local and foreign tourists. We’re here to do our share to make this dream a reality,” he said.

The three-level entertainment and gaming area hosts 600 slot machines and 110 gaming tables, while its 22-story hotel offers 128 deluxe rooms as well as other amenities. It is located within the San Lazaro Tourism and Business Park (SLTBP) in Manila.

“I’m so very happy to see the Winford Group is truthfully adhering to the new policy of Pagcor, which is to encourage integrated resort casinos, rather than just concentrate on gaming or on the casino portion,” noted Pagcor chair and CEO Andrea D. Domingo.

“We want our audience to make Winford Hotel and Casino their own—a place of refuge and one that offers an escape from the busy life that surrounds the Greater Chinatown area,” added Mr. Reyno.

“Winford Hotel and Casino is about providing guests a world-class experience with the means and capability to address all lifestyle needs.”

The hotel held its soft opening in January this year.

“We’re quite happy with the reception we’ve received since the soft opening of the hotel. I think the occupancy now is on track. In fact, it’s doing a little better than the projection,” noted Reyno.