RedDoorz launches new hotel brand to cater to Gen Zs

Rosette Adel - Philstar.com
RedDoorz launches new hotel brand to cater to Gen Zs
Sans Hotel is a trendy, economy lifestyle hotel brand.
Photo courtesy of RedDoorz

MANILA, Philippines — RedDoorz, a hotel management company offering affordable, quality, and safe accommodations for everyone, on Tuesday, diversified its offerings and introduced a hotel brand that targets Gen Zs.

Called “Sans Hotels,” the hotel management firm said this latest lifestyle economy concept is design-driven and seeks to cater to the travel needs of the youth who were locked down during the pandemic.

Miguel Capistrano, country manager of RedDoorz Philippines, cited that with the prolonged lockdown in the country, several travelers are excited to explore outside their homes. He said this market is called “pent up travel demand.”

In view of this, they launched Sans Hotels which is a trendy, economy lifestyle hotel brand that aims to provide vibrant experiences for customers at a low cost.

What makes Sans Hotels different from the regular RedDoorz hotel is that it is a notch higher.

The country manager said the RedDoorz is very basic covering the six guaranteed amenities that the basic travelers need which include airconditioning, hot and cold shower, clean white linen beds, internet, toiletries and cable TV.

On the other hand, Sans Hotels is more colorful and trendier.

“Each hotel has a unique design, theme, and personality that is especially designed for the Gen Zs and millennials market who value the seamless integration of stylish comfort and smart technology,” Capistrano said during the launch.

The first Sans Hotel is now open for travelers in Manila and will open more properties in Tagaytay City and Cebu City.

As the country anticipates strong local travel demands amid the gradual reopening of the economy, Department of Tourism (DOT) Director for Tourism Standards and Regulation Virgilio Maguigad said it has been working closely with hotels to drive better business operations.

"We welcome the opening [of Sans Hotels]. It's a vote of confidence. When you are expecting hotels to be closing down, we have here RedDoorz opening Sans Hotels, so it's a vote of confidence for [the] future growth of the industry," Maguigad said.

“The firm has definitely taken advantage of the benefits and opportunities from the DOT’s accreditation requirements in order to meet new customer requirements and demands and new travel experiences. With their growing accredited Sans Hotels, we are delighted to witness broader opportunities for hotel owners to weather this pandemic,” he also said.

Capistrano said RedDoorz is looking into expanding to new high-in-demand destinations this year as part of the company’s goal towards becoming a multi-brand accommodation platform.

“We are excited to grow with local hotel players in high demand cities for the new customer segment - the younger sector who are eager to go out and explore not only for staycations, but even for any kind of safe travels. With RedDoorz’ service guarantee that is guarantee and the strict implementation of hygiene and sanitation practices in all our properties, our multi-brand platform offers the owners an opportunity to leverage our footprint, user bases, technology, best practices, other assets, and solid experiences of our regional team,” Capistrano said.

He said that even amid the steel reeling pandemic, the three-year-old company, known as Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing technology-driven hotel management brand, saw growth possibilities to contribute to boosting the tourism industry’s recovery.

RedDoorz said it is "focusing on the digitalization of its consumer and partner assets, and launching tangible & impactful initiatives as it improves its business operations with the help of government partners and other stakeholders"




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Find the latest travel and tourism news from around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. Main image by AFP/Romeo Gacad

August 7, 2022 - 5:37pm

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All flights out of the city were cancelled over the weekend, with authorities also halting train ticket sales. 

Tourists who want to leave must test negative in five PCR tests over seven days, health authorities said.

Hotels in the city have been asked to offer guests a 50 percent discount until the travel restrictions ease, an official said during a news briefing Saturday.

China is the only major economy still holding fast to a zero-Covid strategy with snap lockdowns and long quarantines, battering local tourism.

The country's borders have also remained largely closed since early 2020, halting international tourism. -- AFP

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Airbnb says revenue in the recently ended quarter topped $2 billion as people shook off pandemic worries and took part in a banner travel season.

The home rental platform logged a net income of $379 million in what it touted as the most profitable second quarter in its history.

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“We are pleased to see more people confidently flying again, not just within the Philippines but even abroad. This positive development has not only allowed us to carry more passengers, but also boosted our cargo service,” said Xander Lao, Chief Commercial Officer at Cebu Pacific. “We remain committed to offering the lowest fares across our network and we are encouraged by past seat sale success rates so we will continue to stimulate travel through our promo fares."

To continue spurring travel CEB announces a special 7.7 sale from July 7 to 11, offering flights for as low as P188 one-way base fare for domestic routes on sale. Travel period is from September 1, 2022, until January 31, 2023. Apart from this, CEB also offers a simultaneous special international seat sale, on the same travel period above, to key destinations for as low as PHP 499 one-way base fare. This includes flights to South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok, among others. CEB has achieved a seven-star safety rating from airlineratings.com for its COVID-19 compliance. It continues to implement a multi-layered approach to safety, while it operates with a 100% fully vaccinated crew, 95% of whom have been boosted – all to ensure every Juan flies safely and conveniently on Cebu Pacific. For more information, visit www.cebupacificair.com.

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Hong Kong's new government on Thursday suspended a longstanding flight route ban that penalised airlines for bringing in coronavirus cases and severely impeded travel into the city, saying it was "not very effective".

The financial hub has become increasingly isolated under harsh pandemic restrictions as it mirrors a lighter version of China's strict zero-Covid policy, with the once busy Hong Kong airport now a relative aviation graveyard. 

On Thursday, new city leader John Lee's government said the "circuit breaker" rule was being suspended to "achieve the most in fighting the pandemic with the minimum cost on the society".

"At the current stage, continued implementation of the 'circuit breaker' mechanism is not very effective in preventing imported cases," the government said. 

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Two years of drastic restrictions on the number of pilgrims who could perform the hajj emptied shops and hotels across the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca. But business owners are hoping for a quick recovery as hundreds of thousands of worshippers flock to the region this week.

"We had few customers (during the last two hajj seasons), but today business is back, thanks to God. It's the same as before, and even better," 30-year-old Mekhlafi told AFP.

One million people, including 850,000 from abroad, will be allowed at this year's hajj, one of five pillars of Islam which all able-bodied Muslims with the means are required to perform at least once in their lives.

In 2019, about 2.5 million people took part in the rituals, which include circling the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, gathering at Mount Arafat and "stoning the devil" in Mina.

The following year, after the pandemic took hold, foreigners were barred and the total number of worshippers was capped at 10,000 to stop the hajj from turning into a global super-spreader.

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