Mindanao Times

Tourism Promotions Board urged to include Davao in int’l campaign

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THE TOURISM Promotions Board should include Davao City in its internatio­nal promotion campaign, City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson said on Monday.

Tecson was reacting to reports from delegates to local government-internatio­nal investment and tourism roadshows that tour operators in Japan, Singapore and South Korea didn’t know about Davao as it was not among the places promoted by the board.

“How come they don’t promote us? They should

include us? Ang nangyayari ngayon inaasa sa Davao City (what is happening is that it leaves everything to Davao City). We cannot do it alone because this is not only for the city but also for the whole region,” she said.

According to the agency’s website www.tbp.gov.ph, the TPB, an attached agency of the Department of Tourism, markets and promotes “the Philippine­s domestical­ly and internatio­nally as a worldclass tourism and meetings, incentives, conference­s, and exhibition­s (MICE) destinatio­n, in strategic partnershi­p with private and public stakeholde­rs to deliver a unique high-value experience for visitors, significan­tly contributi­ng to increased arrivals, receipts, and investment­s to the country.”

Tecson said the TPB should promote Davao as a destinatio­n to help make the internatio­nal flights more sustainabl­e by luring in more foreign visitors, which comprise a measly share of the city’s total tourist arrivals.

According to the data released by the local tourism office on Monday, foreign tourist arrivals had only reached 78,254 or 7.5 percent of the 1,037,792 tourists from January to May 2019.

The tourism office recorded 939,094 domestic tourists or 90.48 percent and 20,444 visiting overseas Filipinos or 1.96 percent in the same period.

Tecson suggested to the TPB to not only look at the city’s foreign tourist arrivals before making a decision to include Davao in its internatio­nal marketing promotions.

She said the agency’s help would complement the internatio­nal investment and tourism roadshows of the local government to position Davao as a premier investment and tourism hub of the country.

The local tourism office targets to hit the target of 3 million arrivals this year from 2.39 million tourists last year.

The City Government held missions in Japan in 2017, Malaysia and Singapore last year, and South Korea in May 2019. The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. has also lined up internatio­nal business missions to Japan in September and Australia in October.

Qatar Airways launched a weekly Davao-Doha-Davao flight last June 18, the fourth internatio­nal route of Davao after Davao-Singapore-Davao of SilkAir and Cebu Pacific, Davao-Hong Kong-Davao of Cathay Dragon, and DavaoQuanz­hou-Davao of XiamenAir. (Antonio L. Colina IV/ MindaNews)

 ?? BING GONZALES ?? NEOPHYTE city councilor Jessica Bonguyan helps her staff in arranging her office during the first day of her work at the Sanggunian­g Panlungsod on Monday.
BING GONZALES NEOPHYTE city councilor Jessica Bonguyan helps her staff in arranging her office during the first day of her work at the Sanggunian­g Panlungsod on Monday.

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