The Department of Tourism in Region 11 (DOT-11) reported a 26.38 percent growth in tourist arrivals for the first semester of the year in Davao Region, with total tourism receipts of about PHP27.3 billion.
In a press conference, DOT-11 Director Tanya Rabat-Tan said the growth represented a total of 2,229,084 tourists, with Davao City accounting for the most number of visitors in the region.
Tan attributed the increase to the contribution of the different provinces, particularly Davao del Norte, which she said was preferred by tourists who want to experience the province’s white-sand beaches.
She said the region’s connectivity was also a contributing factor, citing that this city has direct air linkages to the different cities such as Clark in Pampanga, Manila, Iloilo, Bacolod, Mactan, Cebu, Siargao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete and Zamboanga.
The international direct flights from Davao City was seen as an advantage, as Davao City has direct flights to Singapore that is served by Silk Air and Cebu Pacific; Hong Kong by Cathay Dragon; China in Jinjiang by Xiamen Airlines; Doha Qatar by Qatar Airways; and Manado, Indonesia by Garuda.
Of the top foreign markets, the United States still ranked first in terms of the number of visitors, followed by China, while Japan slid down to the third place, followed by South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Tan bared the current talks with Tiger Air for a direct flight from Davao City to Taipei, where a group of businessmen is eager to explore the regional markets.
She said DOT-11 is set to conduct a travel mission to Taipei, by early 2020. (PNA)
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