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‘Let’s Meet in Davao’

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THE SMX Convention Center in Davao. — MICEDAVAO.COM

In Davao, a MICE program with the slogan “Let’s Meet in Davao” was introduced by the DoT back in 2011, and the current Davao MICE Board is working to revive and strengthen this campaign. Win or lose in the 2020 MICECON bid, City Tourism Operations Officer Generose D. Tecson said they are working closely with the MICE Board to grow the sector. She said the city government is putting in P30 million into the program, which does not include the funding from the private sector and the DoT. “We are going to strengthen our incentives that we are offering to those organizers who will hold their conventions here in Davao… there should (also) be an incentive for various sectors of the tourism industry, especially the accommodation sector,” Ms. Tecson said in an interview. Ken V. Kapulong, general manager of Seda Abreeza and co-chair of the Davao MICE executive committee, said while they are facing very tight competition from Iloilo City and Clark, he believes Davao is has the overall capacity and capability to host big events. — Maya M. Padillo

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