City on ‘damage control’ for tourism-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
THE heightened conflict in Zamboanga and Midsayap, and the two explosions in Davao City will not have much effect on tourism, City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre insists.
“We are really trying our best. We make it a point na wala’y ma cancel sa atong mga bisita, labi na kaning mga dagkong conventions. (We are doing our best so that no events are cancelled, especially the big conventions),” Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, committee chair on tourism and beautification of the City Council, said in Pulong-pulong ni Pulong on Tuesday.
Alejandre said tourism leaders here have immediately set measures to review the line-up of activities set in Davao City and coordinate with the organizers.
He said no major event has been cancelled, postponed, or moved as of Wednesday.
“We in the tourism sector are trying our best to maintain our stable peace and order condition in the city,” Alejandre said.
He said representatives from the private sector, Department of Tourism, the City Tourism Office and other local officials recently met and discussed ways to counter the effects of the twin blasts in the city, also taking into consideration the situation in some parts of Mindanao.
The Department of Tourism, Alejandre also said, is still pushing for Mindanao as a tourist destination and a frontline in promoting the Philippines. A tourism-related summit intended to further promote Mindanao is currently taking place in General Santos City.
The Philippines will also be joining the World Travel Mart in London on November to promote the country. Davao City, Alejandre said, will be represented during the international tourism event.
“We need to put in a positive note to promote areas in Mindanao,” he said. “And we have to do this because of what’s happening in our place,” Alejandre stressed.
Alejandre also urged the public not to spread false information and not to exaggerate the current situation in Mindanao, especially in the city, fearing of a backlash and could have negative effects on the city’s tourism.
“Kinahanglan ang mga taga Dabaw pud i-explain nila sa ilang friends and relatives na stable ang Davao (Residents need to explain to their friends and relatives that Davao is stable and safe),” Alejandre said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 26, 2013.