Tourist arrivals in Region 11 reach 1-million mark

Subscribe Now March 01, 2013 at 04:39pm

Visitor arrivals in Region XI has reached the one-million mark. This was bared by Department of Tourism Region XI Officer-in-Charge Eden Larano-David basing the numbers on hotel booking figures. David said that visitor arrivals have grown 20% from the previous years, a large percentage of the tourists are business travellers particularly those in MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions) related events.

He estimates that 40% of the visitors are on MICE related travel.

The DOT and the region’s tourism industry is gearing up to promote Davao as a MICE destination, the opening of new convention facilities such as the SMX Convention center in Davao City has made the southern metropolis capable of hosting large conventions and gatherings.

One of these conventions is the MICE Conference 2013 (MICECON) which will be held this March 6-9 at the new SMX. Aside from MICECON Davao City has been chosen to host the Ad Congress later this year and is being eyed to host one of the events in the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit next 2015.

Meanwhile Gene Bangayan president of the Davao Tourism Association (DATA) said that the one-million visitors tally do not fully reflect the true number of people who visited Davao. She said that the figures did not include visitors who stayed in houses and other accommodations which were not recorded in the data.

“It may be more than one-million,” Bangayan said referring to the gaps in reporting the number of tourist or visitor arrivals in Davao.

Also according the Eden Larano David, the list of hotels and inns which submitted their arrival data just comprised 70% of the total number of hotels and accommodation facilities in the region. The DOT has been continuously egging tourism establishments particularly hotels and lodging businesses to submit their tally of visitor arrivals


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