Davao brings investment, tourism officials to Japan
Photo: Davao City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez hands over a token to the Osaka City Government, represented by Economic Strategy Bureau Director Ms. Aya Wada.
OSAKA, Japan — The City Government of Davao, through the Davao City Investment Promotion Center and City Tourism Operations Office, has started its first Tourism and Investment Roadshow in Japan Monday — bringing the Life is Here brand.
Lemuel Ortonio, the chief of the Davao City Investment and Promotion Center, said the trip kicked off with a series of meetings in Osaka, one of the four cities the 22-person Davao team will visit in Japan.
“We are very happy over the kind of reception that we got from our meetings,” he said.
Also part of the delegation are representatives of the private sector — Damosa Land Inc., Yovel Agri Enterprise and Yovel East Research and Development Inc., Bloomers Travel and Tours and Bloomers Marketing, Eden Nature Park and Resort, Gasera Corporation, Waterfront Insular Hotel Hotel, and Ana’s Breeders Farms.
The Davao team met with the officials of the Osaka City Government International Relations Department, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and various tourism associations, tour operators, and travel agencies in Osaka City.
“There are commitments from Osaka officials and businessmen to help promote Davao City to Osaka residents and the business community. We hope these will translate to actual visits and investments in Davao,” he said.
The Osaka City Government facilitated the visit of the Davao City delegation to the Osaka Central Wholesale Market Honjo to provide the group information on the goods that are in demand in Osaka, the quality required, and the distribution process involved.
The City Tourism Operations Office, on the other hand, presented the different tourism attractions during the meeting with tourism industry players in Osaka.
It was in 2012 when representatives from the City Government of Davao last conducted a business and tourism mission in Singapore.
The main objective of the new roadshow is to promote Davao City as the preferred tourism and investment destination in the Asia Pacific region, as well as enhance linkage and partnership with investment, trade, and tourism marketing representatives in major cities of Japan.
The roadshow will also include visits to the key cities of Kyoto, Yokohama, and Tokyo.
The Davao City delegation members are City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez, City Councilors Jimmy Dureza and Al Ryan Alejandre, Lemuel Ortonio of DCIPC, Davao Tourism chief Generose Tecson, and Davao City Information Officer Jefry Tupas.
The roadshow is in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo. CIO