Davao gets over a hundred leads/appointments during the ATF 2016

February 3, 2016 12:25 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 2 — Davao is among the big winners in the 2016 Asean Tourism Forum in Manila drawing attention of most international buyers with about 120 appointments and leads for travel packages this year.

This was disclosed by Davao City Tourism Officer Lisette Marquez, who said that Davao tour groups also sealed bookings from buyers going on leisure trip to this region.

"The bookings were passed on to the Davao tour operators by Manila travel agents," she said.

Marquez admitted that they still need to team up with the Manila based travel and tour operators because they take the first contacts.

Based on information, Marquez said they learned that the bookings were not about interest on incentives but on the distinct packages for both MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibits) and leisure trip.

"That is why we told the tour operators to incentivize their packages which we extended to the ATF 2016 delegates who came to Davao on January 23," she said.

Marquez also shared experiences and learning during the post ATF tour in four areas namely Davao, Palawan, Cebu and Bohol.

For the Davao leg, she said the 19 foreign buyers that joined the trip were those that already placed bookings like the Russians, who came to experience the trip’s packages. Some were treated to specially crafted packages that include welcome performances upon arrival, drinks, dances and other cultural presentations.

She said this was on top of the seamless service that tour operators had been doing for the visitors.

"The regular tour packages are already there but there has to be an add-on to the usual destinations where we bring our visitors because anything unique and special that the tourists will experience is a plus factor to the satisfaction of their visit here," she said.

She said the incentivize packages could be of higher cost but it is of quality based on the requirements of the buyer.

For example, she said if one buyer only wants the beach, the tour operator must think of the best, unique package remembered for a lifetime.

Meanwhile, Marquez said the city’s booth during the ATF 2016 was funded by the city government at a cost of Php1.1 million, showcasing Davao exhibitors.

She said setting up the exhibit booth gave them the opportunity to show to the international buyers about Davao’s destinations, services and the unique culture and resources. (PNA)



One Response to “Davao gets over a hundred leads/appointments during the ATF 2016”

  1. Napoleon Abando on February 3rd, 2016 11:09 pm

    Yes DAVAO is a tourist gem down south. There are so many scenic spots that are not advertised that tourist can see. For example in Igacos, the Hagimit falls is a wonderful scenic spot that is hidden in the Forrest few even unknown to so many locals that should be cited. Samal is not only beaches and resorts and pearl farm .
    The beautiful panoramic view above the Jack Ridge.. There should be a categories of tourist spots according to physical requirements.
    We loved are short visit at the end of January that our friends are planning to go.