DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) said it will host a stakeholder’s tourism summit here which aims to strengthen the promotion of local products and services and as the same time encourage more tourists to come.
DCCCII president Arturo Milan said there are already four direct international flights here and these are Davao-Singapore serviced by Singapore Airlines’ Silk Air, and Cebu Pacific; Davao-Jinjiang by Xiamen Air; Davao-Hong Kong by Cathay Dragon, of Dragon Airlines, Ltd.; and Davao-Doha by Qatar Airways.
Milan said there are also three on-going negotiations for direct flights from Davao to Haneda (Japan) and the revival of the Davao-Manado (Indonesia) and the Davao-Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) routes. The air connectivity will boost tourism not only in the Davao Region but the island of Mindanao, Milan said.
“We have to collaborate with all our Davao stakeholders on tourism to be able to improve and work on programs on how tourists could come,” he said. Davao City Tourism head Generose Tecson also underscored the need to sustain connectivity, saying the city badly needs to come up with plans and propositions to be able to do this.
Tecson said there is a need also for the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) to help, noting the observations that emerged during tourism road shows that Davao was not promoted by the TPB. “Now that we have these international flights already then they should promote us and help us because if they just rely on the city, we cannot do it alone,” she said, adding, private and government sectors in the region have forged partnerships for the promotion of various tourism programs.( Digna Banzon)
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