22 February 2012
First cruise ship to dock in Davao
DAVAO CITY— On March 30, this city is set to welcome the first cruise ship to dock on its port, carrying 371 French nationals to visit.
Travel agency owner Wanda Teo announced in the weekly Club 888 press briefing the coming of NDS Voyages Princess Danae ship out of France after it docks at Papua New Guinea.
“In the past years, cruise ships only docked in Manila and Cebu. It took me some time to convince this group to try and take a look of Davao,” said Teo.
As soon as they arrive, French nationals will be taken to visit selected tourist destinations in the city.
The Department of Tourism also allotted a budget to show them around.
The visitors will be brought to Davao’s newest and largest park, the People’s Park; will be given a personal encounter with the eagles at the Philippine Eagle and will also be brought to SUL Orchids, given that the French love orchids.
Other areas where the visitors are set to visit are Davao’s shopping havens like Aldevinco where they can buy authentic Davao goods, and the newest mall in the city, Abreeza.
“This would be the start of more cruise ships including Davao in their destinations. We also expect good sum of revenues we can get through this visit,” she added.
Princess Danae passengers are given an entire day to tour around the city. They will also go to Cebu and Manila as part of the regular stop-overs.
Teo urged Dabawenyos to use this opportunity to show hospitality to the visitors as this could be the start for the coming in of more tourists to Davao. (PIA-11)