Davao losing to Cebu because of lack of convention center
Davao City should have its own international convention center because it is losing to Cebu as national convention venue.
Mary Ann Montemayor, East ASEAN Growth Area Tourism Council chair, said Cebu’s
International Convention Center, venue of the recent ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in
January, is pulling business away from Davao despite the city’s unique tourism
“How much Cebu is earning, that’s what we are losing,” Montemayor said in a
press conference Wednesday.
She said the project could be built as a joint venture between the government
and local businessmen. Montemayor said the convention center would require “a
huge investment” but added it doesn’t have to be like Cebu’s CICC.
She said the joint venture can follow the model of Malaysia’s tourist city,
Langkawi, which hosted the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2005, a year before Davao
hosted it. Langkawi experienced a boom after the Malaysian government built a
large exhibition-convention hall. She said the ball is now with the private sector as government, which she said is keen on the project, is waiting for a proposal.
Already, she said, four businessmen have expressed interest. The rest of the story here.