The Department of Tourism-Davao Regional Office (DOT-XI) launched three key tourism programs for 2016 namely, “Visit Davao Fun Sale 2016,” “Let’s Meet in Davao: MICE Davao Program,” and the “9th Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge” aiming to establish Davao region as a premier destination in the country.
Bigger deals, adventure and fun packages await tourists, adventure seekers and delegates to Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) who will make Davao as their venue and destination of choice this year.
Speaking in a press conference held at the sidelines of the 23rd Travel and Tour Expo 2016 opening day in SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, DOT Region XI Director Roberto Alabado 3rd enthused about Davao’s ever-dynamic tourism landscape. “There is always something new in Davao. Visitors who have been here a year or two are up for a surprise the next time they come here,” he said.
“These three institutional tourism programs of the region will help position Davao as the ‘islands to highlands’ destination for adventure, beach holiday, food and culture, shopping and as a premier MICE destination,” Alabado further explained.
In a latest data from DOT Region XI, Davao region reportedly recorded 1.98 million visitor arrivals in 2015. Of this number 1.8 million of which were domestic travelers, while 121,604 were foreign visitors. Overseas Filipinos, on the other hand, were recorded at 4,870. The data also shows that P26.7 billion estimated tourist receipts were generated from last year’s visitor arrivals, showing 10.2-percent increase from 2014.
Following the successful implementation of Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS) 2015, this year’s VDFS is back with bigger offerings to tourists in the Holy Week and summer.
Scheduled from March 25 to May 31, VDFS 2016 will have three themes to categorize its various activities. The Adventure and Sports theme will feature Samal Half Marathon, DurianMan Triathlon and the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge. The Culture and Arts Theme, meanwhile, will feature Davao Art exhibitions by various artist groups from the Davao Region, Cultural and Tribal Dances which will bring performances and the Davao Grand Indie Film Festival, which is a season-long showcase of award-winning Mindanao-produced indie films. The Party, Fun and Leisure will feature EDM events and the Pub Crawl, which is aimed to steer Davao night life.
Meanwhile, the most extreme 24-hour race to Mt. Apo’s Peak and back is set on April 23 and 24. This year’s race covers only three disciplines, namely Water Tubing (5 km), Mountain Biking (36.6 km) and Trail Running (53.5 km). Previous races involved mountain biking, trekking, water tubing and road running.
This yearly adventure race, which also aims to raise tourism activities and awareness to protect the country’s highest peak, is now included in the VDFS 2016 campaign umbrella to boost tourist arrivals in the summer season.
Continuing Davao City’s momentum being an emerging top MICE destination, the Department of Tourism-XI with MICE Davao Execom continues to conduct roadshows and close deals with MICE organizers and service providers, including the national airline companies, in bringing the most competitive support incentives for organizers who want to hold their conferences and events in Davao City.
All the programs are in partnership with the local governments of Davao, Samal and the provincial tourism offices concerned.