Trade mission to Singapore eyed

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) will be spearheading a business mission early next year to Singapore to highlight the Davao Region’s tourist destinations.

Roberto P. Alabado III, regional director of DOT XI, said they planning to embark the mission in the first quarter, with industry stakeholders joining the undertaking.

The department, Alabado said, will also bring Davao-based chef and cultural dance performers to feature the local food and rich culture of the region.

“We want to feature what a tourist can do while they are here in our turf,” he said.

DOT XI’s business mission will take place as another carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), has resumed its direct flight between Davao and Singapore. The other airline that is servicing the route is SilkAir.

The tourism agency expects that the new service will help increase in tourist arrivals.

As of the third quarter, data from DOT XI showed that domestic travellers were at 1.763 million followed by foreigners at 107,421 and returning Filipinos who worked abroad at 3,993.

On Dec. 17, budget carrier Cebu Pacific started to operate the Davao-Singapore route, using its brand new Airbus A320 that would serve twice a week.

In a statement of Cebu Pacific, “the maiden flight departs Davao at 5:35 pm and arrives in Singapore at 9:10 pm. The return flight departs at 9:55 pm and arrives at 1:40 am. This is the airline’s first international route from Davao.”

This is among the direct flights that the airline company launched that day as it also debuted its Manila-Fukuoka and Cebu-Taipei flights.

“We look forward to seeing the ‘Cebu Pacific effect’ in the new routes we will operate,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution of the company, adding that it has always been their “commitment to contribute to the country’s economic and tourism agenda.”

The company, Iyog said in a statement, “will continue to develop our Philippine hubs to offer fast, affordable flights to more travelers across our network.”

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