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New airport terminal in Cebu a boost for medical tourism

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An exterior view of the Maayo Hotel and Well complex.
An exterior view of the Maayo Hotel and Well complex.

With a PHP 17.5 billion (US$327 million) price tag, MCIA’s Terminal 2 stands at 65,000 square metres — which makes sense, since it will handle 26 airlines flying to 30 domestic destinations and 25 international destinations. 

The Philippines’ Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has opened for operation  its new resort-themed terminal. MCIA’s Terminal 2 is designed for international flights, while the older Terminal 1 will serve domestic flights. 

With a PHP 17.5 billion (US$327 million) price tag, MCIA’s Terminal 2 stands at 65,000 square metres — which makes sense, since it will handle 26 airlines flying to 30 domestic destinations and 25 international destinations. 

Moreover, Cebu officials are predicting that passenger capacity in the airport will double from 4.5 million a year to 12.2 million. With so many more tourists passing through in the years to come, a newer, larger terminal could not have come at a more opportune time. 

Speaking of tourists, the types of tourists expected will be different also. Cebu’s health and wellness destinations are well known among travellers, and one such standout in the city is the Maayo Hotel and Well complex, Cebu’s first four-star hotel and wellness centre. 

A first in the country's medical tourism industry, the Maayo complex combines hotel services, integrative medicine and aesthetic services in one facility that provides a holistic, patient-centred, wellness experience. 

Maayo Hotel, for example, has 229 guest rooms, several function rooms, as well as a gym and spa for guests to utilise. The adjacent Maayo Well, on the other hand, offers outpatient services and other wellness experiences. 

With the opening of the new MCIA, the region's tourism is expected to grow exponentially, and Maayo Hotel and Well will be right at the centre of the tourism boom.

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