Dad sees string of events to up tourist numbers

Councilor Al-Ryan Alejandre, the chair of the committee on tourism, said the series of major events taking place in the city would help boost tourist arrival figures.

Alejandre made the comment as the City Tourism Office said it was hoping the tourism figures this year could surpass the two million registered last year.

Alejandre said in February, the city will celebrate Chinese New Year and with close cooperation with the China Town Council, the event was hoped to attract a number of foreign and local tourists already.

“We will also have the Ironman 70.3 challenge this March 25, we can expect a huge group of tourists through this event,” Alejandre said.

As of January 13, the number of participants for the 1st Ironman challenge here has risen to 1,800. The race will start here and will extend to nearby Tagum City .

Alejandre said with the remaining weeks for registration, the number can still reach up to 2,000 participants while the number of visiting tourists can triple at that time.

“We will also celebrate the 81st Araw ng Davao this March, so we can really expect a big number of tourists. We are also looking at ways on how we can control the traffic congestion during these days,” he said.

Aside from the three events, the city is also preparing for the month-long Visit Davao Fun Sale this summer and the 33rd Kadayawan festival in August. CIO