VLOGGERS and bloggers paved the way to good tourism rate in Davao Region, according to Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Roberto Alabado.
During the year-end gathering of stakeholders and tourism heads in the region last Wednesday at Marco Polo Hotel, Alabado acknowledged the potent power possessed by the vloggers and bloggers that made the tourism industry in the region a big hit this year.
Alabado recognized the credibility and the trust that the average people put on the bloggers’ and vloggers’ uploaded entries online. He went on to share he had been with a number of international and local bloggers when visiting different restaurants and tourist destinations in regions.
It would normally take them around 15 minutes before they could start eating because the bloggers take pictures of their food first and upload them. However, what Alabado found surprising is the immediate interest that the netizens have upon seeing these food and sceneries.
There is a verbal commitment to go to the places that the bloggers had been to, eat the food that they uploaded, and experience the adventures that the bloggers also experienced.
Instantly after upload, around 500 likers would feast on the pictures asking where exactly in Davao they could try it. Others comment on how much interested they are to be in Davao as well because of the pictures that had been uploaded.
Alabado believes more than the work that DOT had been putting to strengthen tourism in the region, the influence of social media had introduced Davao to people across the globe. He is very grateful with the help that these bloggers and vloggers do to encourage more tourists to come to Davao.
In 2016, the tourism arrival rate in the region increased to 18 percent.
From 1.9 million tourists in 2015, there are now around 2.2 million tourists who arrived in the region this year.