DOT-Davao team Beijing-bound for Davao cultural festival-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A TOURISM official said that a team from Department of Tourism (DOT) in Davao Region is set to leave for the Davao Cultural Festival at Cafe Marco, Marco Polo Parkside in Beijing China on Sept. 9 to 27.
Department of Tourism regional director Art P. Boncato Jr. bared this during the 14th anniversary edition of the Club 888 forum held Wednesday at The Marco Polo Hotel Davao.
Boncato said, "Our current projects are focused in some regional markets like the Chinese. This is the second time that we are holding this event. The last one was in 2011."
They will feature Davao cuisine by celebrity chefs Gene Gonzales and Gino Gonzales of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies Davao. The Kalumon Performing Ensemble will also perform in the festival. It will also have a media presentation and product presentation of Davao. Some 100 media and travel traders are expected to visit the event.
The department will also explore the incentive travel market. Boncato explains that in this market, companies are bringing corporate executives in different locations as a form of incentives to entice them to work harder.
"It is a good market and supported by corporate entities. They actually have chosen Samal specifically," he said.
DOT records showed that in 2012, there were a total of 4,098 Chinese tourists who visited the region. Boncato said that though the number is small, it is steadily increasing.
Davao, being in the southern part of the country, poses a problem to the influx of Chinese tourists.
"Our concern here is the distance of Davao. Traveling from North Asia to Davao may be a challenge with the size of their aircraft. We have to find a way on how to break that obstacles. Airlines can't bring big planes since the market is still young but if they bring smaller planes they can't reach Davao directly," Boncato added.
He went on saying, "As a destination promoting tourism with very hospitable people, we should be able to welcome them with open arms regardless of their nationality. At the end the day, it is giving us opportunities to improve the economy."
Boncato, meanwhile, said that Davao will also be exhibiting at the Philippines Pavillion in the World Travel Market in London, Great Britain from November 4-7. Davao is the only destination in Mindanao that will be presented in the event.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 05, 2013.