Driving more investment to the Philippines: Q&A with Grace Tolentino, Founder/CEO of Boracay Beach Inc.

Boracay Beach Inc. started with humble beginnings by providing tour packages for personal and corporate clientele by offering hotels, flights and transfers for domestic market. Today, it has grown into the lucrative real estate market and now offers investment opportunities in condo resort projects, turnkey business opportunities and business centres.

LadyBoss spoke to CEO Grace Tolentino about the business.

Q:Tell us more about Boracay Beach Inc

A: Boracay Beach Inc. is our corporate brand and we provide entrepreneurs a “turnkey” business package that includes Travel, Real Estate, Incorporation Services and Virtual/CoWorking Office Packages.

Boracay Beach Inc. (BBI) was formed to capitalize on the brand to expand greater investment and tourism in the Philippines. Key players behind BBI’s success are its rich network of professionals in key industries leaders of cutting edge Travel, Investments, Real Estate and Business Services.

BBI started with humble beginnings by providing tour packages for personal and corporate clientele by offering hotels, flights and transfers for domestic market.

With the phenomenal growth of the company and its proven expertise, the company has produced happy and satisfied clients and continues its mission to impart its success to professionals with its winning formula.

BBI expanded with new products and services which includes flexible workspace solutions, virtual office, serviced office with access to meeting rooms and conference rooms for customers including start-up entrepreneurs and partnerships with successful entrepreneurs, individuals and corporations. Through our range of office formats, which we’ve achieved, we enable people and businesses to work where they want, when they want, how they want, and at a range of price points.

BBI empowers entrepreneurs by giving resources they need to succeed. As part of our mission to give back and make the world a better place, we create opportunities and make a difference for others.

I remember hearing from a lot of people doubting my ability to succeed, I encountered people who are not supportive, who discouraged us, who avoided us and who criticizes our business.

Q:What are the services you provide for your clients?

A:We are involved in several industries in Travel and Tourism, Real Estate, Incorporation Services and Virtual/Coworking Packages and provide turnkey business package in these industries. In Travel, we provide special competitive discounts international and domestic flights, hotels and resorts accommodation, transportation, VISA and passport processing for VIP, corporate, group and individual bookings. Our company provides advanced technology for easier and faster booking confirmation from budget to luxury vacations.

In Real Estate, we Develop, Market and Manage properties with our sister company Akamai Holdings Inc. In Business Services we provide our clients incorporation services, Permits and licenses, Virtual/CoWorking Office Packages and Website Packages.

We are grateful to have good people, well-trained managers and strong partners who can operate and support the business the way I do.

Today, Philippines is fast becoming a sought after destination in Asia

Q:What are some of the growing trends you observed of the tourism industry in the Philippines?

A: Tourism in Philippines has gone long way particularly on responsible tourism, matches with the global concerns on ethical, sustainable and inclusive tourism.

Gone are the days when travel executives and tourism professionals were mostly concerned with increase in arrivals, longer stays, higher occupancy rates and more earnings.

Today, Philippines is fast becoming a sought after destination in Asia, The United Nations World Tourism Organization has adopted 2017 as the Year of the sustainable Development of Tourism. More international and domestic countries expect us to ensure more meaningful benefits and lasting welfare for local people as well as enhancing other positive impacts to host destinations.

We saw a closer collaboration between all private sectors and our Department of Tourism. We have witnessed for the last several months the collaboration of travel agency, hotel and as well as restaurant associations yet more work have to be done.

I hope everyone and mostly the Filipinos continue promoting the Philippines as one of the world’s best travel destinations.

When the going gets tough, persevere and endure, stay focused and always be motivated to win.

Q:What were the challenges you faced starting BBI and how did you overcome the challenges? 

A: As a young woman entrepreneur, I remember hearing from a lot of people doubting my ability to succeed, I encountered people who are not supportive, who discourage us, who avoided us and who criticizes our business. We heard it from people who I helped along the way, who are closest and whom I think are our friends. I consider it a blessing when people revealed their true character.

When the going gets tough, persevere and endure, stay focused and always be motivated to win. We cannot convince people to change for the better if they don’t hear the call to change from within. We are capable to be better everyday.  I will always be grateful for all the learning experiences and challenges that bring me where I am today, standing wiser and stronger, I will always remember those who believe and continue to support our mission to help more entrepreneurs by providing multiple streams of income, create high paying jobs and make a difference to others.

At this point, I have put boundaries on negative people and learn to adjust as I continue my life’s journey. I live each day, enjoying the moments and share my blessings with others.

Q: In terms of sales & marketing, how do you reach your users, and what works?   

A: As business owners, we did our market research by knowing the industry and our niche markets. We started with family and friends, we continue to build and grow our network that way. We call it connector principle, I personally believe that in business, it’s who you know and your target clients. We believe that every great business is built on friendships and strong partnerships.

Q:What is your business philosophy?

A: Our principle is to build long-term value for our clients and investors. Our Corporate Governance are ways for us to differentiate ourselves as key players in our industry. We continue to improve on our principles to live by and learn from in order to create more jobs and opportunities for others. Therefore, maximizing our investor returns on capital.

At this point, I have put boundaries on negative people and learn to adjust as I continue my life’s journey. I live each day, enjoying the moments and share my blessings with others.

Q:What’s the future for BBI? 
A: The future for BBI is to continue its support for millions of entrepreneurs and be part of community development projects to increase more investments to the Philippines.

Our social responsibility for our employees and clients will contribute to a greater impact in our country’s infrastructure, travel facilities over the next few years to accommodate more tourists. We enjoy welcoming friends and strangers and ensuring that they enjoy themselves for as long as they are under our roofs. We want to assure that what we plan to do and the future will make our country proud.

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