Davao City to join local, int’l roadshows to boost tourism
TO FURTHER promote investment and tourism of the city, the Davao City Investment and Promotions Center (DCIPC) and the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) have international missions and local roadshows in the pipeline for the 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter of the year.
DCIPC head Lemuel Ortonio said they initially plan to pattern their future visits to Malaysia and Singapore after their Japan investment and tourism roadshow October of last year wherein the Dabawenyo delegates were able to sit down in a business forum with the country’s investment and tourism representatives to discuss and provide information about Davao City.
Ortonio said the roadshow to Malaysia and Singapore is targeted on the 3rd quarter of 2018 and will be part of the support for the two international direct flights that Davao City has in order help sustain the said flights.
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On the 2nd quarter of the year, local roadshows will be done in different cities in the country with direct flights to and from Davao City. Since this will be done with the CTOO, Ortonio said they will go with cities with potential investment partners.
They are also working on visits with different embassies based in Manila to introduce to them the investment and tourism opportunities Davao City has to offer.
“Since 2016, it has always been them, the ambassadors, who are coming here in the city to visit. I think it’s time also that Davao City will be the one to reach out to them so that they can feel our aggressiveness on wanting them to come here in the city. Also part of that plan is to meet the foreign chambers that we have yet to meet before,” said Ortonio.
The DCIPC and CTOO’s visit to Japan in October of last year served as benchmarking for the two local government sectors in assessing their own ways of promoting the city’s investment and tourism offers, CTOO chief Generose Tecson earlier said.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on January 11, 2018.
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