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PIA Press Release
2010/02/24

Davao mall slaying wont affect tourism efforts, assert officials

by RG Alama

Davao City (24 February) -- The recent killing of an alleged massacre suspect inside a Davao City mall will not affect tourism efforts this according to Department of Tourism Regional Director Sonia Garcia.

"It is an isolated incident and does not happen everyday," Garcia said referring to the death of a certain Tamano Kamendan, who was allegedly gunned down by police security escorts of Buluan Maguindanao Vice-Mayor Esmael Mangudadato after a scuffle inside the mall.

Garcia said she is still confident that the killing won't affect the tourism climate in the city and said that it won't stop the DOT from promoting Davao as a tourism destination.

In fact, DOT figures reveal that Davao experienced a 4.1% in tourism arrivals as compared to the previous years. Garcia said that evident of the growth of tourism is the problem of room availability in Davao hotels.

"Because of the number of visitors, it is very difficult to book a hotel room in Davao," Garcia said. She added that what are needed today are investors in hotels and accommodation facilities.

She said that businessmen when they see the tourism statistics in Davao, won't hesitate in investing in putting up more hotels in the city. This in turn will help the city in becoming a favored MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibits) destination in the country. (PIA XI) [top]

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