DO intensifies promotions of key tourist destinations

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental  – The provincial government of Davao Oriental is expecting inflows in tourist receipts as it enhances its tourism sector through promotional activities, including the holding of sports activities.

At a press conference here during the first day of the holding of the Davao Regional Athletic Association meet today, Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang said his office has noted the influx of tourists to the provincial tourist destinations even before the sporting event.

“We are hoping that this event will help us promote the province and its tourist destinations,” said Dayanghirang, adding that the museum of the province, Subangan, has been teeming with visitors.

Inaugurated in 2014, Subangan, a Mandayan term loosely translated as eastern as well as sunrise, is a museum that depicts the cultures as well as the archeological finds in the province.

Cynthia B. Rodriguez, tourism consultant of the province, told the TIMES that the province is looking at mechanisms that will help promote the province, the first in the country to have a tourism development plan that was a result of a national law.

Republic Act 10560, signed in 2013, is a law that mandates the national government to include the tourism development plans of the province in its own plans.

“We are looking at focusing our efforts in promoting our destinations to our niche markets,” said Rodriguez, among these markets are backpacker, considered among the “low maintenance travellers” as they do not need high-end facilities but are also into adventure and eco-tourism destinations.

Aside from its museum, the province also hosts a World Heritage Site, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-recognized Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary, a forested area known for its unique flora and fauna, including a bonsai farm.

The province, which prohibits the encroachment of the sanctuary,  has built a park at its foot to showcase its beauty.

The province has also enhanced its Aliwagwag Falls, a known eco-tourism spot at its eastern side which was devastated during the typhoon Pablo in December 2012.

Other key tourism spots that it has been promoting are the Pusan Point in Caraga town, the location of the millennium sunrise, and the old light house in Governor Generoso, its fishing capital.

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