Another one bites the dust.
Apo View Hotel, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Davao City, has closed its doors to the public, another casualty of the economic depression brought about by the year-old coronavirus pandemic.
Owners of the 73-yeal old establishment reportedly said they had been forced to stop operating effective March 31 to avoid further financial losses as their business is hugely dependent on tourism which is among the hardest-hit sectors.
The nine-story, 156-room hotel had suddenly suspended its activities in March 2020 when the government imposed a quarantine lockdown and strict travel restrictions which killed its revenue stream.
Built in 1948, Apo View was one of the most popular leisure spots in the 1960’s and 1970’s where Davao City’s elite used to congregate for fine dining, business meetings and refreshments.
For a number of years, it played host to the prestigious weeklong PAL Inter-club golf tournament which drew thousands of participants and spectators to Davao City, making it one of the country’s hottest tourist destinations.
The sad fate of Apo View comes after the pandemic-related shutting down of another Davao City landmark, the five-star Marco Polo Davao hotel which was built by the family of Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez III, last June 2020.
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