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DOT sees Mindanao assuming bigger Philippine tourism role

Despite the challenges Mindanao suffered in terms of tourism promotion in the past few years, Department of Tourism (DOT) officials believe it is time to begin important projects in the region to shift tourists’ attention to the country’s unspoiled islands in the south.

DOT Secretary Wanda Teo made the announcement after spearheading the briefing of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on the side of the Cultural Convention Building ocular inspection at the Old Airport in Davao City on Tuesday, March 6.

The roster of projects for Mindanao includes the establishment of additional Tourist Information and Assistance Center (TIAC) to raise more awareness about beautiful sceneries and robust culture that can be experienced in the southern islands.

“Once the TIACs are up and running, more tourists will definitely come. We can be proud that we have breath-taking tourist destinations, and be assured that they will have a memorable experience because of the beautiful places,” Teo said.

“It is a coordination with MinDA, and then of course, DOT and the LGU (local government unit),” she added.

Aside from this, the DOT will also launch the Go South-Go Mindanao Bus which will traverse Davao City to Cagayan de Oro City. Riding the bus will allow tourists to witness beautiful sceneries along the way.

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