SAN JUAN, Philippines—Google is hiring 20+ Filipinos as it aims to lure travelers to the Philippines by building a network of hotels in the country’s booming tourism industry.
Google Philippines, the group’s corporate development arm, said Monday that it has hired 30 people, mostly contractors, for a network to build hotels in and around Manila, a city with a booming tourism sector that is home to some of the world’s busiest hotels.
The move is the latest move in a campaign by Google to attract foreign tourists and boost its presence in the region, a major market for the Internet giant.
Google also announced a series of new initiatives, including a new digital signage project in the capital, and a pilot program in the northern city of Quezon City.
“We are looking for people with the skills and the experience to help us launch these projects,” Google Philippines president, Alex Alvarado, said in an interview with Reuters.
Google plans to hire more than 30,000 workers to build and operate the hotels in Manila, the Philippines’ second-largest city, according to the Philippine Chamber of Tourism.
Google is seeking the help of Filipinos to help build the network of about 100 hotels that it hopes will attract as many visitors as possible to the country in the first half of 2020, said Alvarados, a former corporate vice president at Google.
The company plans to begin construction this year.
Google says it has also started work on a pilot project in Quezon, a coastal city on the southern island of Mindanao, where Google is planning to build more than 20 hotels.
Google’s Philippines expansion is part of a global effort by Google, which has invested more than $30 billion in the Philippine economy since 2013.
The Philippines, with a population of about 8 million, has emerged as one of the top tourism destinations in Asia.
Google, the world-famous search engine, has offices in more than 50 countries and operates more than 2,600 companies in the Southeast Asian country.
In addition to Manila, Google plans projects in other cities in the southern Philippine island of Leyte, including Visayas, Samar, Mindanaos, and the northern province of Davao.
Google Manila said it would expand its presence there by 2026, expanding to a total of 6,000 hotels and restaurants.
Google will also add several new properties in the city, including hotels and resorts, as well as a new airport and a new hotel-and-restaurant complex.
Google said it also plans to open more than 100 more properties in other provinces, including Lanao del Sur, Lanao, and Metro Manila.
Google has been expanding in the south since 2014, when it acquired an international data storage and data management company called Datacenter Networks, which it purchased for $3.5 billion.
It said in its earnings report in March that Datacentry Networks had created more than 8,000 jobs.
The purchase of Datacence Networks was the biggest foreign investment in the history of Datacenters, Google’s parent company, according, to company officials.
Google declined to disclose how much it has invested in Datacenters.
The search giant said in the earnings report that it expects to generate $1.2 billion in revenue from the Datacency acquisitions by the end of 2020.
The Datacencies have struggled in recent years.
Last year, Datacencing posted a net loss of $1 million, according the company.
In May, Datacenter said it had a net debt of $2.4 billion, about half of its total revenue, due to losses related to the Datacentered program, according an April report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The business also faced a surge in litigation in the wake of the 2014 murder of a man who was shot dead in a nightclub.
The case triggered a wave of nationwide protests.
Google recently announced plans to build a $200 million data center in the Visayans city of Marawi, but it has been unable to complete the project due to a lack of financing, according a recent Reuters report.
The project, dubbed the “Silicon Valley of the South,” is slated to cost more than a billion dollars, but Google is trying to attract investors.
Google officials say the project will help boost the city’s economy, and attract more foreign investment.
The plan is part the company’s push to attract tourists to the region and also has the support of local officials, who have expressed concern that Google is using the city to avoid taxes.
“Google Philippines is looking to expand its hotel and restaurant operations to the Visayan and other areas,” Alvaradas said.
“If you are looking at building the first hotel in the new metropolis, you have to be thinking about the Visaya,” Alvalados added.
The city of 3.5 million people has seen a rise in foreign investment as Google and other technology companies