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PIA Press Release
2008/02/21

Nightlife, shopping pushed as Davao City come-on

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (21 February) -- Key players in the tourism industry of Davao are considering the city's healthy nightlife and shopping centers as the destinations that they will push for promoting the city.

Susan Palad, President of the Davao Association for Travel Agents said they thought of this package in order not to compete with the destinations being promoted by its neighbors in the BIMP EAGA region.

She explained that these activities will purely be wholesome even as she said that they stick to their vision of promoting mainly family entertainment.

She mentioned that there are activities at night in the city that promotes our culture and music referring to the Taboan at Matina Town Square, Jack's Ridge and other organized events in places like venue and in top hotels of the city.

The People's Park at night is in itself a destination and it is already included in the package that the travel agencies had designed.

"These are the things that we want our visitors to experience," she said.

She also said that the malls here are must see destinations and still many of our visitors want to check that out.

"We wanted to redesign packages to complement that of our neighbors," she said.

Palad also said these are part of the BIMP EAGA tour packages that they will launch in coordination with other airline operators.

She reiterated that their tour packages are designed in such a way that it will not compete with that of the other BIMP EAGA neighbors but complement with each other.

Meanwhile she said that they often get positive feedback especially from international visitors on Davao City being a clean city.

She said these visitors were really impressed of seeing a city life Davao to maintain clean streets and surroundings.

The Non-Smoking within the city also attracted the attention of the guests, Palad said.

She said the two aspects that had left good impressions to our visitors not only on the physical appearance of the city but the way government and private sector cooperate with each other in maintaining a good environment. (PIA) [top]

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