DOT pushes for direct Davao-Taiwan flights

Published August 13, 2019, 4:14 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for a direct flight between Davao City and Taiwan, DOT-Davao Director Tanya Rabat-Tan said.

Tan told reporters in an interview that the DOT in the region had prepared a three-day itinerary for the eight Taiwanese travel agents and a representative from Singapore’s budget airline Tiger Airways, who visited recently to explore the popular tourist spots of the city.

She said the Taiwanese tour operators were impressed with Davao and even surpassed their expectations of the city.

“They want to bring their travel agents because they are the ones who are going to promote Davao to Taiwan. They saw the potential. In fact, they were impressed. They said Davao surpassed their expectation,” she said.

She said it’s still unclear when the Davao-Taiwan direct connectivity would be established. She hopes that chartered flights be launched between two destinations to get things started before the regular flights.

City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson said she welcomed the effort of the DOT in pushing for Davao-Taiwan direct connectivity but urged the tourism agency to “spearhead the promotions of the Davao Region in Taiwan and other cities where we have flights.”

“This new route should provide more opportunities for investments and, at the same, increase foreign arrivals,” she said.