Davao government planning trade mission to Singapore

Subscribe Now May 13, 2012 at 10:18pm

The city government is planning a trade mission to Singapore, tentatively in July, to promote not only tourism, but also information and communications technology and property development. Jason C. Magnaye, head of both Davao City Investment Promotions Center and the City Tourism Operations Office, said one objective of the mission is to sell the city to overseas Filipino workers looking to invest in real estate.

Mr. Magnaye said another intention of the mission is to build up visitor traffic between the two areas after Singapore-based Tiger Airways stopped its operations due to inadequate passenger traffic. SilkAir, also Singapore-based, still serves the Davao-Singapore route five times weekly.

The Singapore Tourism Board has reportedly included Davao City in its campaign to lure Filipinos to the city-state, considered one of the key tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The Board, however, could not readily provide the number of visitors from Davao that visited Singapore last year since Filipinos use Malaysia as entry point.

Commenting on the inclusion of information and communications technology (ICT) in the trade mission, Mr. Magnaye said this segment is an initiative of the Information and Communications Technology Association of Davao.

Erriberto P. Barriga Jr., executive vice-president of the association, said his group, considered the umbrella organization of the industry in the city, has noted there are programmers from the city who now work in Singapore. “We want to capitalize on their presence in Singapore for the growth of the industry in the city,” he said by phone, explaining one thrust of the upcoming mission is to convince Singapore-based ICT companies to consider Davao in their expansion plans.

Source: bworldonline.com

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