Tourism undersecretary Art Boncato said foreign tourists brought in by cruise ships was expected to boost Davao City tourism climate.
Cruise ship MV Caledonian Sky called on Davao City on February 26 with more than a hundred tourists to see local sights.
Boncato, accompanied by Department of Tourism (DoT) Davao Region director Roberto Alabado and local officials led by City Administrator Melchor Quitain, welcomed the 154 American and Canadian tourists upon their arrival at the Sasa Wharf. After Davao the cruise ship . The cruise ship, chartered by the US-based tour operator Zegrahm Expeditions, will proceed to Indonesia.
Boncato said the arrival of MV Caledonian Sky is an offshoot of DoT’s energy in tapping cruise tourism to bring in more foreign tourists.
Alabado said Pope Francis’ recent visit to the Philippines that was covered by international news networks sparked interests in some of the tourists to visit the Philippines.
They said they learned about the Philippines from coverage of the Papal visit and they became interested in the Philippines, said Alabado in a shipside interview as young students in tribal attire danced for the audience during a brief arrival ceremony.