Dusit International recently disclosed its intent to increase its presence in the Philippines. “We are looking to grow in the other cities and destinations within the Philippines as we are positive about the country’s tourism outlook and potential,” said Ryan Chen, Dusit International director for development Asia Pacific. The Dusit Thani Residences Davao, a 168-key full-service residences is scheduled for turnover in 2018. Other projects in the works are the dusitD2 Hotel and Lubi Plantation Resort. dusitD2 is a 120-key hotel, while the Lubi is a 37-hectare master planned resort in a private island off the coast of Davao. Developers intend to position the resort as the country’s first internationally branded club membership. Chen said Davao was chosen because of the positive economic growth in the region, which bodes well for the international hospitality industry.