By Maya M. Padillo
City government officials will soon hold tourism road shows in cities with direct flights from Davao, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said.
Speaking at Monday’s Kapihan sa Dabaw, Alejandre said the city officials will be bringing tour operators for a B2B (business to business transactions) with the different tourism sectors in cities in Subic, Bohol, Dumaguete, and Tacloban.
“The City Government of Davao will have a continuing program hindi man puwede na airlines lang ang effort, so this is a collaborative effort with tour operators, city government, and even media,” he said.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) will join the activity, Alejandre said.
“We will not waste this opportunity that our president is from Davao. There’s lot of doors that opened and a lot of options to be done. It’s easier for us to negotiate,” Alejandre said.
He said the roadshows are part of the efforts as the city is requesting many direct flights from various airlines.
Various direct flights from different places coming to Davao were established such as Dumaguete, Tacloban, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo, and Subic. Currently, airlines that have direct flights to Davao include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Air Asia.
The City Council has passed four resolutions to Cebu Pacific led by Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Committee on Transportation for the establishment of the Davao-Tagbilaran route.
“We passed four resolutions way back 2010 so far no update yet,” Alejandre said.
He said the presence of numerous Boholanos in Davao is the main factor in pushing for the Davao-Tagbilaran route. He said they also want to cater foreign visitors and positioned Davao as “to go” place after their second day in Bohol.
Presently, the Davao-Tagbilaran route will be catered by Philippine Air Lines.