The Davao City Government, in partnership with Smart Communications recently launched the city’s first ever tourism mobile app known as Davao Life. The launching is in time for the Kadayawan Festival—a month-long event celebrating the nature’s bounty. Read the rest of this entry »
What makes an environment-friendly hotel? There are many ways to practice in order to be considered an environment-friendly hotel. The use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps and other environmentally-friendly practices within the establishments are just some of the practices to be called environment-friendly.
One of the hotels in Davao City is now practicing a green tourism activity. The Marco Polo Hotel, a popular hotel in Davao has acquired some of the characteristics that make this hotel an environment-friendly. All the lights in the hotel are CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamps. The warm showers come from a pump that gathers heat from other sources. The hotel also segregates its waste products from non-biodegradable to biodegradable materials. The practices done by Marco Polo hotel lead them to received the Asean Green Hotel recognition Award. The Marco Polo Hotel Davao sets a good example for the rest of the hotels and other tourism establishments in Davao City for their green initiative.
In the same development, the United Nation has many programs and campaigns like the green passport and the sustainable coastal tourism campaign in order to promote sustainable development. The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) and the Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC) were launched to develop awareness for a global sustainable tourism industry.
Last March, a forum on Green Tourism was held in Davao in order to introduce energy-saving practices and guidelines. The ideas about Green Tourism are expected to be adopted by the different sectors in the local tourism industry.
Green Tourism is very important for a sustainable development and minimizing the negative effects of climate change. This campaign is a great strategy to encourage tourism businesses to voluntarily adopt the basic green guidelines so they can become more sustainable.
Aside from Marco Polo Hotel, there are already some supermarkets, resorts and tourism establishments that already started practicing green tourism.
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A team from the Davao Tourism industry has visited Thailand for a benchmarking trip. The said trip will eventually help the team to learn and gain more ideas on the successful tourism industry of Thailand.
Thailand is a good example of country with reputable tourism industry and attracts millions of tourists each year.
Experiences and lessons learned by the Davao tourism industry contingent from the week-long Thailand benchmarking trip last December are expected to help boost the tourism industry in the Davao region.
The benchmarking trip to Thailand is a project of the tourism industry cluster team under the Davao Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Program (DICCEP).
In the same development, the local tourism players of Davao are working hard to realize the hosting of Davao City on the upcoming MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) conference in 2012.
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The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) together with business groups from the tourism industry and the local government units will be working hand-in-hand in formulating initiatives to promote Davao City as an ideal place for tourism, trade and investments.
The DCCCII stated that there is a need to improve the image of Davao City which is often affected by the negative perception and travel advisories. They will be working with the private and the media in order to come up with more positive news about Davao. The main focus is to make Davao City as a business and tourist destinations so that more investments will come in.
Aside from being a clean and disciplined city, the strong sense of governance implemented by city government is one of the driving forces that have beefed up local tourism industry of Davao. Another good reason to sell is the cost of doing business which is incredibly lower compared to other cities in the Philippines particularly Manila and Cebu. The cost of doing business is one of the winning factors why many multinational companies have already established their presence in Davao.
National Association of Independent Travel Associations of Davao President Wanda Teo and presently the Tourism Congress secretary mentioned that they are planning to repackage Davao City and part of it is to promote the fact that city has abundant things to offer and comparable to those in other areas of the world. She also added that there are positive and unique areas that only Davao has to offer.
Davao City has become an interesting site for study tours of both government and private organizations. Just recently, students coming from Singapore had their volunteer work in building houses for Gawad Kalinga. Gawad Kalinga is a foundation which helps in providing shelter to homeless Filipinos. The visitors were also impressed with cleanliness of the city and its peace and order situation during their visit.
Davao, as a booming city of the south has once again received an achievement as the third top destination of the Philippines. The top of the list is Cebu with 422,239 tourists from January to March this year and followed by Boracay with 158,030 arrivals in the same quarter. Based on tourist arrivals, Davao has 156,468 visitors and continuously growing. It is projected that before the year ends, Davao could be one of the top “must-visit” cities in the Philippines.
According to the Department of Tourism, the overall tourist arrivals have reached up to 10.33 percent or a total of 1.3 million. On the first quarter, foreign tourist arrivals recorded to have four percent increase while domestic tourist grows higher up to 13 percent. Due to cheaper flights, better pension houses including infrastructure and good hotels that would accommodate visitors has brought the rise of tourist arrivals in the regions.
Davao City is endowed with flora and fauna, friendly people, rich in culture, fine weather and definitely the best place to relax and unwind. Not to mention the two big Festivals of the city: Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan which entice several and outnumbered visitors to witness the wonder of these festivities. On these events, hotels are fully booked, beaches are flocked with guests from other nationalities.
A lot of exciting events can be done while enjoying the tropical climate of Davao. You can go kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing, skiing and other activities that cater the needs of every tourist. Explore the white and fine sand beaches and taste the delicious food and fruits which only Davao has to offer.
As a major tourism destination in the Philippines, Davao City takes pride in having world-class hotels and resorts, convention and business facilities, shopping malls and fine dining restaurants.