History of Japan, Chinatown to Davao City Bike Tours – Manila Newsletter
DAVAO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) -Davao Region plans to launch Japanese history and Chinatown bike tours here to promote local tourism plagued by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic .
DOT-Davao director Tanya Rabat-Tan told a virtual press conference that she was working closely with the city government here to draft the plan for this new tourism offering in the hope of revive the local industry.
She said the agency was also looking for cycle paths and historic structures that would be included in tourist packages. Tan added that the agency is also considering other trails outside of town for adventurers.
In 2017, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) allocated 120 million pesos to build a heritage site in Barangay Mintal, known as “Little Tokyo”, where around 30,000 Japanese lived during the Pre-war Philippines.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) was promoting “cycling” as another tourist activity because “it is the best way to see the country”.
Puyat said tourism sector revenues in the Davao region fell to 3.4 billion pesos last year, a drop of 93.7%, from 54.2 billion pesos in 2019.
She said tourism activities are allowed in the modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) zones.
Puyat added that the decision to open tourist sites in areas under an MGCQ for domestic travelers would still rest with local government officials who can assess the COVID-19 situation in their localities.
Davao City remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until April 30, while the rest of the areas in the Davao region are under MGCQ until April 30.
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