A DELEGATION from the Davao City government is holding an investment and tourism roadshow this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore to promote and strengthen current direct international routes.
“These roadshows aim to help develop our existing direct flights to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore,” City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Chief Gene Rose D. Tecson said.
Singapore Airline’s Silk Air and local carrier Cebu Pacific are serving the Davao-Singapore route, while AirAsia provides the Davao-Kuala Lumpur flights.
AirAsia was supposed to cancel the Davao-Kuala Lumpur services last August after less than a year in operation due to low passenger load on the Kuala Lumpur-Davao flights at only 30%. Flights from Davao, on the other hand, have an average 80% load.
“We will be promoting the investment opportunities offered by the city to these markets,” Davao City Investment Promotion Center Chief Lemuel Ortonio said.
The roadshow also aims to expand linkages between the tourism and investment officials of Kuala Lumpur and Davao City.
The local government and the private sector led by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) have been lobbying for the continued direct flights between the city and Kuala Lumpur.
“You cannot just establish a route overnight and make it feasible, it requires time to develop a route,” DCCCII President Arturo M. Milan said earlier. — Carmencita A. Carillo