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Davao City eyes boost in trade, tourism ties with ASEAN cities

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By Lilian Mellejor (PNA)

DAVAO CITY -- Following the successful tourism and trade roadshow in Seoul, Korea last week, the city government said it will increase its engagements with foreign neighbors not only to boost trade and tourism industry but also find a market for local entrepreneurs.

Lemuel Ortonio, the chief of the Davao City Investment and Promotions Center (DCIPC), said the city government is eyeing more international trade and tourism activities to showcase Davao City’s products.

DCIPC is the prime marketing arm of the city government in generating investments and promoting the city as today’s best investment destination in the Philippines.

Ortonio said DCIPC still plans to do more trade and tourism roadshows between Davao and Korea after the successful three-day roadshow held recently in South Korean capital.

Ortonio, who led the Davao delegation composed of city government officials and representatives from the local business sector and tour operators, cited the well-attended Davao City Business Forum with over 50 Korean businessmen at the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.

The forum was organized by the Philippine Embassy aimed at highlighting the investment opportunities in Davao.

According to Ortonio, the products that the Koreans were interested in are the cacao beans and nibs supply from Davao, seaweeds trading and pet bottle recycling machines.

The delegation also met with Korean tour operators and participated in the investment meeting with the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visited the Seoul Food Expo and the Kintex International Convention Center.

City Chief Information officer Jefry Tupas said the Seoul trade and tourism roadshow was not the first for this city.

Tupas said the city government held previous similar engagements in Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.