Davao-Japan direct flights to open if…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) – A Japanese airline company may open direct flights to and from Japan if there is a visible demand of passengers flying out of Davao City, a business leader said.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce president Keisuke Nakao said in an interview Monday that All Nippon Airlines (ANA) would consider having direct flights from Japan in case the proposed Davao-Japan Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Council is approved.

“These are some provisions by the ANA. They may extend flights here but there should be a big demand to accelerate investment and tourism here,” Nakao said at the sidelines of the Kapehan sa SM weekly media forum.

“The flights cannot operate if there are no passengers,” he said.

He said passengers from Japan still come to Davao via connecting flights serviced by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Japan Airlines.

The city council committee on tourism is conducting hearings on the creation of the promotion council.

Nakao said the city needs to increase its marketing efforts of tourism destinations to attract investors and tourists from Japan.

He said plans of creating the investment and tourism council are still in the early stages, as of last week’s committee hearing at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Nakao noted that while there were already destinations in the city that could be of interest to Japanese tourists and investors, the city needed to promote more of its destinations.

“Visitors to Davao always look out for Samal or Mount Apo because they don’t notice some of the other attractions when they are in Japan,” he said.

Barangay Mintal, which has been aggressively marketing its area as an important Japanese heritage site, is already doing this.

However, Nakao said Japanese citizens might not be that easily attracted if that is the only thing the city could offer.

Mintal barangay chief Ramon Bargamento has pushed for the recognition of attractions such as the Ohta Kyozaburo Monument, Peace Monument, and old style Japanese houses in the area, to tourists and investors from the Philippines and abroad.

“Yes, we have history there in Mintal because of our shared history of Japanese settlers, but it is not the only one. We have other settlements in other nearby countries,” Nakao added. (MindaNews)

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  • Harry Balz

    The problem with Davao is that while it is a nice safe city, it has very little to offer in alternative entertainment. By that I mean, there are no music concerts or major sporting events like basketball and boxing. Why is it that only Cebu and Manila get top name events?

    I’ll tell you why…it is because Davao has no venues like the Araneta coliseum or Mall of Asia arena. If a visitor is in Davao and wants to see a major event, they have no choice but to book a flight to Cebu or Manila and leave Davao.

    Nightlife is very drab too. There is no centralized area that has nightclubs and pubs that will attract tourists. With that said, Davao could and should have an amusement park like Star City; with more available land area and better weather than Manila, a world class amusement park would be a fantastic addition to the city’s attraction.

    In essence, visiting Davao is like visiting your Lola and Lolo,s house, it is cozy and safe but boring…