Aggressive promos to boost Davao tourist traffic


DAVAO CITY—Southeastern Mindanao’s Davao Region sees tourist arrivals expanding at a faster pace beyond 2013 with the entry of major international carriers and a more aggressive pitch to promote itself as an eco-adventure capital of the Philippines.

“We would like to be more aggressive in targeting, taking into consideration charter flight, and new direct flights from other destinations. So a 13-15 percent growth in tourist arrivals in 2014 onwards is something we can work on,” said Art Boncato, Department of Tourism director for Region XI.

Region XI, which consists of the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental, recorded 567,000 tourist arrivals in the first semester, up by 10 percent year-on-year.

“That’s the kind of arrival we expect until end of the year, but we’ll be more aggressive in the next two years,” Boncato said in a briefing for Manila-based reporters.

Boncato, a former hotelier at an international hotel management chain, said growth of tourist arrivals in the last five years was hitting 13 percent. Beyond 2013, he said the region could thus target a higher growth rate.

Increasing connectivity is seen as a key ingredient towards Davao’s aspirations.

Most major airlines are now flying to Davao City, making available about 200 flights weekly, Boncato estimated. There are daily direct flights to and from Singapore. But if the region wants to capture a bigger chunk of the international business, he said there should be more direct flights from other key international cities like Incheon, South Korea.

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  • carlcid

    Davao is a great place. It has cool mountains and nice beaches nearby. The only thing holding Davao back is that it happens to be in Mindanao. And Mindanao has notorious implications for foreign tourists. And locals as well, especially those from Manila.

    Another factor that hinders Davao as a tourist destination is the cost of getting there. Most tourists have to fly in from Manila or other major cities. Not too many international flights arrive in Davao. By having few direct flights, there is that added cost of plane fare. For example, a round trip ticket Manila-Davao can cost P5,000.00 to P10,000.00, depending on the season and the fare class.

    There should be more direct flights to Davao from other countries. Or is that a chicken-and-egg situation?

    • southDUDE

      I agree 101% that Davao should have direct flights to the international destinations. We also suffer from huge plane fare expenses going to Hongkong, Singapore, or Bangkok. Calling Cebu Pacific- resume flights to Singapore and Hongkong now.

  • puropinoi

    Davao City– ranked 4th as the world’s safest place out of 349 entries,.. and ranked 6th as the most livable city, out of 150 cities in the Philippines…madayaw Davao!!

  • Garo Ungaro

    Tourist will come if the peace in order are in place…Safety concerns are number one concern from tourist…besides adventures…

    • southDUDE

      Have you really been to Davao?

      • Garo Ungaro

        This is not about Davao…Tourist in general all over the world their concern is their safety besides adventures…been to Davao, beautiful place stayed at apo view don’t be defensive, if not for the mayor, maybe Davao is a different story…you’re lucky the good mayor love Davao and the people of Davao… keep it that way…dong…

      • southDUDE

        Thanks, but I was just asking the question. Thanks again for visiting Davao

  • rohaizat

    As long as the Dutertes have a grip on the fears of the people of Davao it will never be an ideal tourist destination. The Dutertes try to avoid tourists going to Davao since they can influence the people there that what they have there is a dictator family that they can easily overpower by coming together to oust the Dutertes.

    • southDUDE

      You are a big joke.

  • Marc

    Davao is much much better than Metro Manila and even Luzon. Cleaner air (no smoking everywhere in the city), Cheap and good quality food, Traffic is not bad and lots of fruits especially Durian. May kunting problema lang sa quality nang roads and sidewalks. Plus a lot of old smokey jeepneys still plying the major streets. May kalayuan ang airport and don’t know if there’s some cheaper shuttle buses between airport and city center. Mahal ang taxi because of the distance. Good and cheaper shuttle buses are in Iloilo airport.

    • Siri

      Davao’s airport is just within the city there’s no need for a shuttle bus as you can take a jeepney from outside the airport. With taxi’s i don’t think it’s that expensive as you pay only what’s on the meter.

      • Marc

        Yes Siri, Davao’s airport is within the city but it’s a huge city. I don’t think it’s convenient for a tourist or traveler with a 20 kilos of baggage to take a jeep from the airport. To take a taxi is fine but if you travel from the airport to a place like city hall or San Pedro street how much will it cost you. I mentioned Iloilo as a benchmark. They have shuttle vans that charge only 50 per head to the city. I know Davao is not Iloilo but sometimes it’s also good to copy some good practices. I am not criticizing Davao. What I mentioned are some eye openers for improvement. I love Davao for so many reasons that’s why I keep coming back to visit relatives. I hope more will be improved so that more would want to visit.

      • southDUDE

        A taxi ride of 200 pesos is not expensive at all. If you have no money, take the jeepney and be prepared for some inconvenience.

    • gisingpinoy12

      And lastly, mga kawatan na familiang politiko! kawawa Davao, pera ng bayan…kinukupitan.

      • southDUDE

        Ikaw yata ang tulog. Kawawa ka naman

      • gisingpinoy12

        Palagay ko isa ka sa mga “ghost employee” ni Mayor kaya todo suporta ka. Kawa ka naman…nakaw ang pinakakain mo sa familia mo.

      • southDUDE

        Hoy boy tulog, di ko kailangan magtrabaho sa gobyerno at lalong hindi ako kawawa. Maganda ang trabaho ko at di ko kelangang mag paawa para mapakain ko pamilya ko at lalung di ako marunong magnakaw. Ikaw, saan ka ba galing? Daga ka ba?

      • gisingpinoy12


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