200 stakeholders eyed in tourism gab
THE Davao Tourism Conference (Tcon) 2017 is expected to draw some 200 stakeholders at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites in Davao City today, September 22.
Davao Tourism Association (Data) president Gatchi Gatchalian said capitalizing the record turnout of visitors in the recent Kadayawan festival and the launch of the new direct flights to and from this city, Tcon finds ways to use these opportunities to draw more tourists and help the industry grow.
With the theme: “Sulong Turismo Davao,” the Tcon is organized by Data with the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO).
Gatchalian said the event aims to push the city’s tourism industry and attract more tourists.
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He added that it also aims to unite tourism stakeholders toward a solid marketing framework for Davao City as the main tourism hub and also the gateway to the Region under its “Sulong Davao Turismo” campaign.
“With the recent positive developments like new direct flights, we hope to develop and map out strategies for our tourism stakeholders to increase our tourist arrivals,” Gatchalian said, adding that better connectivity with other cities and the possibility of new direct flights to Kuala Lumpur and China encouraged stakeholders to create ways to maximize on these opportunities.
He also said tourism businesses will grow, enabling more residents to obtain gainful employment and income.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 22, 2017.
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