IN­TER­NA­TIONAL GATE­WAY

Davao is planned to be the in­ter­na­tional gate­way to dif­fer­ent parts of Min­danao.

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - BY GILFORD A. DOQUILA / Re­porter

With the vast busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the tourism sec­tor in Min­danao, Davao is eyed to be an in­ter­na­tional gate­way, cre­at­ing more ac­ces­si­ble av­enues to dif­fer­ent parts of Min­danao, a top fran­chis­ing of­fi­cer said.

“I feel there must be an in­ter­na­tional gate­way in Min­danao and I think Davao should be (it),” Philip­pine Fran­chise As­so­ci­a­tion found­ing pres­i­dent and chair­man emer­i­tus Samie Lim said in an in­ter­view dur­ing the 27th Min­danao Busi­ness Con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13, 2018 at Big 8 Cor­po­rate Ho­tel, Tagum City.

Lim added the pro­posed new in­ter­na­tional gate­way for Min­danao will also cater to the fol­low­ing fac­tors: ar­rival where development of in­ter­na­tional air­lines and cruise­lines must be or­ga­nized; ac­cess to road in­fra­struc­tures which will gen­er­ate more road net­works and bridges to dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tion in Min­danao; and ac­com­mo­da­tion which will en­tail development in the ho­tel sec­tor of the is­land.

“We are try­ing to raise $20 bil­lion in­vest­ments for tourist des­ti­na­tions. And we hope Davao and Tagum will be part of th­ese des­ti­na­tions,” Lim added.

This in­vest­ment will also re­sult into gen­er­at­ing tourism en­ter­prises em­ploy­ing 15 mil­lion Filipinos from the tourism des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

In or­der to es­tab­lish the in­ter­na­tional gate­way, Lim said, prov­inces in Min­danao should also find out their own high­light to pro­mote tourism in their place.

“Then af­ter that, what is re­ally the at­trac­tion of the place? In Davao it is very clear, from the is­lands to the high­lands within 30 min­utes. That’s why we are here to find out what is re­ally the world-class tourist at­trac­tion,” Lim added.

Lim also said that in­vestors for this plan can come from the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor.

“Sid , Please re­lease all seized rice and food stuff in your pos­ses­sion to the DSWD for pos­si­ble dis­as­ter re­lief.” CAR­LOS DOMINGUEZ III Fi­nance Sec­re­tary

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