With incoming sporting events and the Kadayawan festival, Davao City is banking on big sporting events to help it achieve the 2.8 million target tourist arrivals for 2019.
“We are confident we will surpass the almost 2.4 million tourist arrivals in the city last year considering that we will be hosting very big (sporting) events this year,” City Tourism Operations Office Chief Regina D. Tecson said.
Among these events are the following:
- Davao City Athletics Association Meet 2019 on Jan. 27 to Feb. 2
- Ironman Triathlon on March 24
- Palarong Pambansa 2019 tentatively set in April
- Possibly some of the events for the 2019 South East Asian Games in December
Ms. Tecson said aside from these sporting events, Davao City is also set to host other expected crowd-drawers such as the Chinese New Year celebration, the Araw ng Davao in March, and Kadayawan, the grandest annual festival held August.
“We have also noted a 15% increase in the number of foreign tourists in the city due to the opening of new international routes from Davao,” Ms Tecson stated, referring to the direct flights to and from Jinjiang City in China, and Hong Kong.
Majority of the visitors are domestic tourists and returning overseas Filipinos.
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