DOT-11 pushes campaign for “Visit Davao again” in 2016


It is time to “Visit Davao Again” is a call for those who have visited the region and the first timers with several destinations being readied for visitors to explore.  More so that summer is coming, the time is right to plan the visit.  Come and visit the island, the sea and the mountain. Walk to the malls and grab the best items when in summer the biggest Fun Sale unfolds. We will wait for you guys and experience again Davao’s best. The Tourism Department here is pushing this campaign as explained in this story …

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 6 (PNA) — The regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is kicking off an aggressive campaign to entice tourists to visit Davao again in line with Visit Philippines 2016.

DOT 11 director Roberto Alabado III said the essence of the campaign is to encourage tourists who have visited the city to come back and explore more of Davvao’s tourism products.

“They still have a lot to do and the three days two nights stay in Davao City is not enough for one who is enjoying what is best in Davao,” he said.

The campaign commenced last year when it launched the “Summer In December”, a photo exhibit featuring the tourism sites of Davao in coordination with Park Inn.

He said the campaign also includes “where to go” of the best places in Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley Province.

Alabado said it has been their continuing advocacy for the tourists to come.

Meanwhile, Alabado disclosed a continuing increase in tourist arrivals because of the strong domestic market especially that Davao has become a MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) destination.

The foreign market is there to complement our tourist arrivals, he said.

He said the new direct air connection of Davao-Singapore will add up to the number of foreign tourists and ‘balikbayans’. (PNA)BNB/LCM/PRIX DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP

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The island paradise in the South …


Summer is for fun, for relaxation, for the beach, for tourists to visit destinations. While in Davao, one should never miss this island. Others really plan a trip to this island paradise in the South just like a group of young professionals composed of software engineers working in a multi-national company operating at the Global City in McKinley Hills, Taguig City composed of Jose, Pondey, Erika, Venessa, Camille and Bob who visited the place lately. They said they enjoyed not only the sea but the inland resorts as well, the spring, the waterfalls, the food and all about the island. The experience is what makes every visitor look forward that is why the number of tourists here continues to grow as seen by officials of the island’s city government where increase in arrivals is pegged at 30 percent this year.  Below is my story on what Samal City expects this year …

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Samal City expects 30% increase in number of visitors this year

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL, Davao del Norte, Feb. 18 (PNA) — The Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) expects at least a 30-percent increase in the number of visitors this year compared to last year.

The city’s head of Investments and Tourism office, Jennifer D. Cariaga, told Davao business reporters in an interview that they expect more tourists, both domestic and foreign, to visit the island either for recreation or on business trip.

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Cariaga reported that in 2013, the number of visitors was 425,916. Of this number, 267,632 were on day tour while 158,284 stayed overnight. Total visitors in 2012 only totaled 280,000.

Cariaga said this figure was only from those resorts that submitted report to their office.

The number could be more, she said, considering that out of the 79 registered resorts in the island, only 31 provided them with data.

“The figure could be over a million considering that less than half of the resort owners provided them with data,” she said.

Cariaga said they hope to generate more detailed data as they continuously dialogue with the resort owners to find ways on improving the system.

Meanwhile, she said they coordinate closely with other local government units on tourism-related activities especially that Samal City is being positioned as an important tourism destination.

Cariaga said the different resorts are fully booked during summer.

She also observed that tourist arrivals are high during Holy Week with the program they call “Oplan Semana Santa”.

There are religious activities spearheaded by the Catholic Church in the island during this period, she said.

Most visitors stay for two nights and three days, exploring the island through island hopping, diving, or snorkeling, she said.

Cariaga likewise noted that the city government, through other offices like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army in coordination with resort owners, are intensifying their efforts to maintain peace and order. (PNA)
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WTG 5 – 5th Street Cafe


cafe1.jpgThey buy the coffee beans from small farmers of Davao and Mindanao. They roast the beans, grind and brew into a sweet smelling hot coffee.

This you could find at 5th Street Cafe along Ecoland, Matina, Davao City.

Actually it started as a non-government organization whose aim is into organizing farmers to go into chemical-free farming.

The organization, Siad Initiatives in Mindanao Convergence for Asset Reform and Regional Development, has not limited itself into organic farming as it has started operating its coffee shop, 5th Street Café, located along the 5th Street of Ecoland Subdivision, just a stone’s throw away from SM City Davao. Continue reading

WTG (where to go)


samalcorrals.jpgsamalboat.jpgsamal2.jpgphileagle.jpgpearl-farm.jpgmt-apo.jpgSeveral must see places in Davao are ups for you to grab for an adventure. One is the Water Tubing in Sibulan River in Davao del Sur then a trip to the pygmy forest in San Isidro, Davao Oriental. There is also the Coral Garden Diving in the Island Garden City of Samal and the Caving in Kapalong, Davao del Norte. The Maragusan Falls in Compostela Valley Province is equally exciting Continue reading

“10-way tuna” on the way to Singapore


200px-tuna_steak.jpgIf you long for that tuna belly then wait for this group of tourism players when they bring the 10-way Tuna to Singapore next month. It is a strategy that is expected to entice tourists to come and visit Davao.

Department of Tourism (DOT XI) regional director Sonia Garcia said they will bring “Kulinarya Dabaw” to Singapore to allow Singaporeans and other tourists to experience ten different ways Continue reading