Travel, tours anchor Visit Davao Fun Sale this year

January 29, 2015 12:44 am 

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 28 — Travel and tours is the anchor for this year's Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS) scheduled from April 3 to May 17, 2015 led by accredited tour operators of Davao.

VDFS vice president for tour operators consortium Edmund Mayormita, who is also president and general manager of Travel Advantage, said the event was crafted in such a way that travel and tours will bring in both foreign and domestic tourists.

Mayormita told business reporters at the Davao Business Forum organized by DermPath, SM City Davao and San Miguel that they aim to increase visitors during the first Big Davao Fun Sale held last year.

"What is good with the event this April and May is that the Visit Davao Fun Sale is recognized as an event of Visit Philippines 2015," he said.

Mayormita said tour packages are offered at rock bottom prices and they had started introducing the packages at the VDFS last September in Manila during the Philippine Travel Mart and in December 2014 during the Mega Balikbayan Expo held at SMX in Mall of Asia.

He said they had partners with tour operators in the different cities of the country and a good number of reservations are already coming in.

Mayormita cited for instance day tour packages for two that range from Php1,800 to Php3,000 per person and a city tour for as low as Php600.00.

He said the tour packages come in three types, the city tour for three hours with inclusion of air-conditioned transportation, services of a licensed guide and applicable entrance fees at Php600; the countryside tour of eight hours inclusive of air-conditioned transportation applicable entrance fees, services of licensed guide and lunch at Php1,500 and the island tour of eight hours inclusive of transfers from hotel, boat transfer, applicable entrance fees, services of licensed guide and picnic lunch at Php1,500.

Mayormita said the different tourism related establishments also are cutting rates like hotels where discounts could go as low as 50 percent off as well as the different restaurants, tourism destinations and other attractions.

Meanwhile, Mayormita said visitors/mall shoppers are given the chance to join a free tour package which will be held in cooperation with Bonamine. He said this is a fun free tour to nature and adventure resorts for raffle participants among tourists every week.

An info booth will be stationed in different participating malls joining the VDFS where tourist could register to qualify for the raffle of the free city tour package.

Mayormita added tourists may avail of the discounted city and adventure tours and discount packages on accommodation facilities by booking through the VDFS at vdfs.discoverdavao.com.

A total of 750 rooms from the different hotels and accommodation facilities in the city are available per weekend.

The Visit Davao Fun Sale is a 6-week, 7 weekend city-wide sale and events extravaganza that aims to promote Davao City as a complete travel and tours destination for the summer that involves more industries so that the experience of the tourists is complete and the branding of the city is unified.

Aside from discounted tour packages it features other activities included in a tourist itinerary, namely, shopping (mall, souvenir shopts, farm-fruits and flowers), dining (restaurants and fruits), spa and wellness, events/parties/entertainment, and even on big conventions taking place in Davao during the period. (PNA)

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