Inaugural Mindanao Tourism Expo ends on a successful note

 Tuesday, January 31, 2023 


The first Mindanao Tourism Expo held in Davao City has ended on a successful note, the Department of Tourism (DOT) of Philippines noted.

The Mindanao Tourism Expo brought in a total of 69 booths with 41 exhibitors from public and private sectors and other tourism-allied services.

DOT Secretary Christina Frasco said that the successful launching of the three-day expo “signals the readiness” of the region to further reopen its doors for international and local travels.

Touted as the largest three-day tourism gathering, the Expo was held from Jan. 27 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang, Davao City.

“One of my very first remarks when asked about plans for tourism was reopening Mindanao for tourism,” Frasco said in her keynote speech.

“Since then, the effort has not only been to concentrate on what the Department of Tourism has been doing in the past few years but also to expand the reach of the traditional mandate of the Department to look into the necessary pillars of true tourism development and take a long hard and honest look at what needs to be changed and improved on to recover our losses from the pandemic and come back stronger than ever,” Frasco added.

“[We] are doing our very best to spread tourism development to the countryside, and that includes initiatives such as this that bring the potential of our cities, municipalities, and provinces of Mindanao to tourism development,” Frasco noted.

She termed Mindanao as a hidden gem that has yet to be fully discovered and developed and said that it is vital and essential in terms of tourism development.

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