Davao tourism cluster gears up for Kadayawan

Subscribe Now June 19, 2013 at 03:34pm

Industry movers in the tourism industry cluster are now gearing up for the upcoming "Kadayawan" Festival in this city scheduled in August, according to Mary "Baby" Montemayor, chair of the Davao Region Tourism Council.

In her recent report to consultants of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Montemayor said several of the projects and activities lined up this year by the tourism industry cluster had already been accomplished.

“We’ll continue to join other activities in the region that attract domestic and foreign visitors to Davao,” Montemayor told the JICA consultants during the recent monitoring meeting at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office.

One of the biggest events that was participated actively by the tourism industry here was the recently-concluded MICE Conference which drew hundreds of delegates from various Asian countries as well as North America and Europe.

Held at the new SMX Convention Center in Lanang this city, the event gathered top executives of tourism organizations, global hotels, travel agencies worldwide, event organizers, global airlines, and tourism councils from different countries.

Montemayor said the Davao region’s tourism booth during the event was “the most visited booth” which received hundreds of inquiries about travel destinations, tour spots and the unique tribal handicrafts and accessories found in the region.

Bracing for an avalanche of domestic and foreign visitors coming to Davao for the annual Kadayawan Festival, the tourism industry cluster will set up again the tribal crafts booth that had been attracting tourists, visitors as well as tribal craft buyers to this city.

“Many buyers are fascinated by the hand-made crafts made by our various ethnic tribes in Davao,” Montemayor said.

The tourism industry cluster is also coordinating with the coconut industry cluster whose members are also making various handicrafts, hand bags, and fashion accessories made of coconut shell and coco fiber.

Source: balita.ph

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