Furniture maker tries hand at hospitality

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

MANUFACTURING and hospitality management might be two different worlds, but for a businesswoman, the two can work in tandem.

Noreen Hazel Yu of furniture manufacturing export company APY Cane Inc. opened on Tuesday the Azia Suites and Residences along Rahmann Extension, situated between Gen. Maxilom and Gorordo Ave.

Azia, which means “sunrise” in Greek, is the latest business venture of Yu after her family started the furniture business in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City more than 20 years ago.


With expertise in furniture making and design, Yu brought the concept to her hotel business. Most of her furniture clients are usually the hotels based in the United States.

“Most of our clients are from the US, so somehow I was inspired by the idea (of running a hotel),” she said.

Also confident with the state of Cebu’s tourism today, Yu said Azia can very well serve the growing demand of both local and foreign tourists. Its location, she added, makes it also very convenient to tourists.

Azia is a few blocks away from malls, night spots, and health and fitness centers.

It is a nine-storey hotel with 60 rooms. Of the figure, 15 are standard double rooms, 37 are standard twin sharing rooms, three are family suites, one a bridal suite, and three for the physically handicapped.

Opening the hotel is also an opportunity for Yu to help generate jobs.

She said that she is more inclined to hiring vocational graduates from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority to help them get out of poverty. At present, Azia hired around 20 employees already.

She is also urging other local investors to consider running a hotel as a good investment. Yu has invested around P60 million for the project, incorporating eco-friendly features like solar-powered water heaters, LED lights and energy efficient inverter air conditioners.

Inside are dining places including Café Lazat on the second floor, which offers a twist to Southeast Asian dishes, Platela Grill, which serves seafood and Filipino food, and a bar in the 10th floor of the hotel.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2014.


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