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P85.84B tourism income for Davao

January 25, 2020 - Saturday 6:01 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

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The city government generated P85.84 billion in tourism receipts, with over 2.5 million tourist arrivals in the city for 2019.

City Tourism and Operations Office (CTOO) head Gene Rose Tecson said tourism is one of the top income generating sectors of the city.

“It can be recalled that there are a lot of big events in the city that draws tourists to come here, these also generates income and help the tourism economy of the city,” she said.

Last year’s tourism income was almost a P20-billion hike compared to the P64.65 billion earned by the city in 2018.

Among the 2.5 million tourist arrivals, 2.3 million are domestic tourists, 182,825 are foreign tourists while 45,697 are Balikbayan or Overseas Filipino Workers.

Tecson said they expect to exceed last year’s tourism income since they are also eyeing an increase in tourist arrivals from 2.5 million tourists last year to 3 million tourist arrivals this year.

“Hopefully we reach 3 million tourists this year. We have big events coming up such as Araw ng Davao, Ironman and many more. We hope to have more tourist arrivals during these big events,” she said.

Tecson noted that the city relies on the hotel occupancy data to get the number of tourist arrivals. 

She said that they are having a hard time getting the exact data of tourist arrivals due to the unregistered self-style accommodation which do not report their guests to the CTOO.

Tecson said that they are planning to create an ordinance to compel the self-styled accommodation to register their businesses. They also intend to  make condominium owners liable for failure of self-styled accommodation to register.

It can be recalled that Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, former Committee Chair on Tourism and Beautification, earlier proposed a separate ordinance for owners of condominium units and houses or self-styled home accommodations so they will pay proper taxes, secure business permits, and submit to the city’s regulatory laws.