Thousands visit Davao Oriental for weekend summer events

Thousands visit Davao Oriental for weekend summer events

MATI CITY – Thousands of local and foreign tourists trooped to Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental for the two-day simultaneous holding of Summer Fun and Summer Frolic, which end today, April 23.

Mayor Carlo Rabat said they are expecting 7,000 tourists also to the “Amihan sa Dahican” and beach volleyball event.

The Summer Fun sporting event, “Amihan sa Dahican” and Summer Frolic are held at the Menzi Beach Park and Campsite. The Summer Frolic is an initiative of the tourism sector. These events are aimed to boost the tourism industry of the city, Rabat said.

”We are happy we are known now for the summer events,” Rabat told reporters in an interview on Saturday.

Rabat underscored the benefits it could bring to Mati especially for vendors, hotels, restaurants and the transport sector. The mayor sees a daily spending of at least PHP2,000 each visitor.

Last year, Rabat said both events drew about 10,000 visitors.

”Every year visitors are increasing even if there was no all-out campaign from the government,” Rabat said. He pointed to the word of mouth and postings of photos on social media using the hashtag “I love Mati” that encouraged people to visit Mati.

The mayor said the white sand beaches are not the only attraction that visitors can see but they can also visit the heritage site of Mt. Hamiguitan and experience the rich marine life such as sightseeing for dugongs (sea cows) and butandings (whale sharks) at the Pujada Bay.

Earlier, Mati City Administrator Dashiel Indelible said the activities were designed to guarantee fun this summer and show the city’s strong commitment to the protection of the environment and its implementation of the solid waste management program.

The city government has been encouraging locals, visitors and event organizers to adhere to measures and restrictions to protect and conserve the environment. Along with the tourism activities is a clean-up drive participated by locals, event organizers and the local government. Lilian Mellejor/PNA-northboundasia.com