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List of Hotels in Palawan, Philippines

List of Hotels in Palawan, PhilippinesPalawan is a nature lovers’ paradise. Biodiversity on this island in the Philippines is dense, with over 230 species of animals. Palawan has also been designated a biosphere reserve. Jacques Cousteau, the French underwater expert, dived for years here and considered the area as rich as any he encountered. In 2009, Palawan is a top tourist destination and hosts excellent facilities for tourists of all types. Visitors will find a wide variety of suitable lodging options regardless of budgetary constraints.

Lagen Island Resort

Located in northwestern Palawan, the Lagen Island resort is one of the more posh offerings on the island. The resort sits in a secluded cove surrounded by dense tropical forest and is walled in by massive limestone formations. The beach here is typical of the entire island, and it is astoundingly beautiful. Visitors will find it a natural draw, and many of the resort activities, of course, start here. In addition, the resort’s guest activities coordinator will assist with locating the nearest comfortable hammock to renting kayaks for exploring the bay. Snorkeling is excellent here, as is bird watching while hiking on the Lagen trail. There are 51 rooms for rent in four different categories: stilt cottages that hover over the water on both sides of the cove, beachfront cottages, forest rooms and forest suites. Rooms are furnished with much antique character and are very clean. Meals are largely served outdoors in the starlight in front of the bay.

Lagen Island Resort
Ten Knots Development Corporation
18th Floor 8747
Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village,
1226 Makati City, Philippines
011 (+6348) 894-5644

List of Hotels in Palawan, PhilippinesDos Palmas Island Resort

The Dos Palmas Island Resort is located in the central eastern portion of Palawan Island and northwest of the capital, Porto Princesa. Sitting on a private island, Dos Palmas caters to those who need a little pampering by offering an excellent spa and restful surroundings. Guests have the choice of staying in the gardens or above the ocean in cottages perched on stilts. Other features include a large number of recreational activities, such as billiards, darts, beach volleyball, bicycling, fish feeding, videoke and, of course, the excellent scuba sites found all around the island. The resort also offers a large restaurant that provides buffet-style meals and a comfortable lounge area and, on weekends, dinner on the sand under the stars.

Dos Palmas Island Resort
89 Lacao St., Puerto Princesa City
Palawan 5300, Philippines
011 (+6348) 434-3118

List of Hotels in Palawan, PhilippinesD’ Lucky Garden Inn

For something a little closer to town and more affordable, the D’ Lucky Garden Inn is a good choice. Located in Puerto Princesa City, the inn is a guesthouse in a traditional setting. Rooms are kept clean and are simply furnished without being shabby. Though offering few of the amenities of the major island resorts mentioned above, D’ Lucky Garden Inn makes up for this with its courteous, efficient staff. The staff will also gladly help travelers book any tours that they might be interested in, as well as offer suggestions for nice restaurants in the area.

D’ Lucky Garden Inn
Rizal Ave. and Bancao Bancao
Puerto Princesa City
Palawan 5300, Philippines
011 (+6348) 433-6576

Is Customer Perception Of Your Brand Curbed By Low Price?

Does Megabus demonstrate why operating your brand solely on a low-price-focused approach puts you at risk?

For those of us on the Eastern Seaboard, the cheapest way to get from one city to another is usually one of the low-cost curbside bus services that take passengers to a number of different places throughout the US and Canada. It’s an inexpensive way to get from Point A to Point B, but you often get what you pay for, with less-than-timely service and a reputation tied much more closely with price than safety.

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On August 2nd, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the online arm of lovably pretentious McSweeney’s publishing company, posted a satirical listicle called “Questions from a Helpless Megabus Passenger.” It began with, “Why is the bus 30 minutes late?” moved through, “why are we pulling over somewhere in the middle of Maryland?” and ended with “Can I afford Amtrak?” [The above quotations are all approximate, since the article was pulled the day after it appeared, following news of a Megabus crash.]

While attempting humorous exaggeration, it was eerily close to reality. Many people who’ve taken one of these buses have had to wait for ages to board, or arrived at their destination several hours late, or with no bus personnel willing to answer questions, gotten on the wrong bus and ended up in a completely different city than the one to which they had intended to travel – one friend of mine had his trip interrupted by the bus’ door falling off.

The point here is that customers can speak for themselves. Focusing on price over customer comfort and safety means that people may try once, but quickly become disenchanted and only return to your brand if no other options are available: have a look at Yelp reviews of Megabus for over 400 unvarnished customer opinions on the “absolute chaos” of boarding procedure, the rash of en-route thefts by bus passengers, and the difficulty of trying to contact customer service with a question or complaint. To their credit, on Facebook and Twitter, Megabus responds directly to customer concerns, but it is hard to tell whether issues get fully resolved.

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If your brand is operating solely on a low-price-focused approach, you are precariously balancing on one strategic leg. Brand planning requires a stable platform that will endure for the long term. So far, it seems that low-cost bus brands still find plenty of riders, but I’m betting that over time more potential passengers will reconsider how they travel, and bolstering quality controls, training programs, and the breadth of customer service could protect the bottom line in the future.

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