8 ex­pec­ta­tions for Davao in 2018

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - Gen­eRose Tec­son, Davao City Tourism Of­fi­cer

DAVAO was on a roll in 2017, mi­nus the snags that we pretty much han­dled well. Re­silient, that’s what we are. Gen­er­ally, we had a good year. At leas that’s how I felt.

I am look­ing for­ward to an even bet­ter 2018. What should we ex­pect for this year? I asked eight of Davao’s per­son­al­i­ties on what the city should ex­pect.

Tourism

We hit the 2 mil­lion mark (on tourist visit) be­cause of the strong pri­vate part­ner­ship that we have in Davao, the sup­port of Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio, our se­cu­rity forces for se­cur­ing our city in such a way that they them­selves have be­come “must selfie with” icons.

For 2018, we will push for more (MICE) in Davao and pro­mo­tions to achieve this.

Busi­ness

Deb­bie Uy-Rodlfo, AVP for Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Cus­tomer Ser­vice at Phoenix Pe­tro­leum

The city can ex­pect busi­nesses to be more con­fi­dent, in the sense that we have the en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports growth and op­por­tu­ni­ties. Davao busi­nesses will not be afraid to com­pete in the na­tional stage, be­cause we do have the tal­ent and en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills to suc­ceed.

Re­tail

Luigi Es­caño, Mall Man­ager at Abreeza Mall

I am pretty up­beat and ex­cited with the Davao mar­ket given prospects of in­creased spend­ing power brought about mainly by the re­cent tax re­forms.

Ho­tel

Dot­tie Wur­gler-Cronin, Gen­eral Man­ager of Marco Polo Davao

Steady and pos­i­tive growth for 2018 even with the ex­ten­sion of Mar­tial Law. We have seen the steady in­flux of tourists when Mar­tial Law was de­clared. And be­cause of the eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, where the Philip­pines has the fastest grow­ing econ­omy in Asia, let’s ex­pect a busy time for the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness this year.

Food

Pauline Malilin, restau­ran­teur/chef at Rekado

With the open­ing of new restau­rants be­fore 2017 ended, it's quite ev­i­dent that the din­ing in Davao will be very ex­cit­ing for 2018.

The food scene has been el­e­vated with the chefs putting their own per­sonal touches in the cui­sine.

Nightlife

Rochelle Venuti, band vo­cal­ist and event host

We ex­pect a more vi­brant and ac­tive night scene. With more tourist ar­rivals ex­pect more clubs and en­ter­tain­ment venues to sprout. Even the non-Davaoeños are in­vest­ing on places like these. I feel that this year, one-stop ar­eas with dif­fer­ent en­ter­tain­ment es­tab­lish­ments, like MTS or Lanang Busi­ness Park, will flour­ish.

Fash­ion

Emi Englis, De­signer & In­struc­tor at PWC

We are on the right track. In­ter­na­tion­ally, the fash­ion in­dus­try is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal cul­tural her­itage and iden­tity as ref­er­ence points for de­sign.

Last year, de­sign­ers were able to cre­ate the right for­mula for Min­danao-in­spired fash­ion, mean­ing it’s very wear­able and mar­ketable. This 2018, ex­pect the cre­ativ­ity of our lo­cal de­sign­ers to flour­ish and hope­fully hit the in­ter­na­tional scene.

Go­ing be­yond fash­ion shows, Davao and Min­danao fash­ion will be made sus­tain­able with fo­cus on the de­vel­op­ment of skills of lo­cal ar­ti­sans and ma­te­ri­als.

Health

Coun­cilor Joselle Vil­la­fuerte, Chair­per­son, Com­mit­tee on Health

We will con­tinue to pro­mote ma­ter­nal and child health, push for a na­tional move­ment against smok­ing, deal with health con­cern is­sues like the Deng­vaxia. DOH Re­gion 11, as lead agency of health, is tasked to mon­i­tor kids vac­ci­nated by pri­vate prac­ti­tion­ers here in the re­gion.

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