Thousands of Dabawenyos blowed their horns at the stroke of midnight welcoming both the New Year and the Visit Philippines Year 2015 (VPY2015) during the 2nd Davao Torotot Festival in Davao City.
|ASec Art Boncato at the Torotot Festival|
Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Art P. Boncato, Jr. said during the countdown that the Philippines is all set to become an even more exciting destination in 2015 with the VPY2015. He requested revelers to join the DOT in inviting visitors to the country--to experience the enduring promise of the worldwide tourism campaign; it’s more fun in the Philippines. A short clip showed “15 Ways to Have Fun in the Philippines” that started the countdown revelry.
Meanwhile, during the formal launch of the VPY2015 in September 2014, DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said that the campaign aims to highlight different regions in the country. “DOT is applying very sharp pressure to move tourism out of Manila and for people to go to Bohol, Davao. Kung saan masigasig ang local, doon malakas ang turismo.”
|ASec Art Boncato with DOT Secretary Mon Jimenez|
The Davao region received close to 1.8M visitors in 2013 and the DOT is confident of an increase in 2014 with numbers to be finally tallied at the end of January 2015. To drive further growth during the VPY2015, the Davao Region has registered major events in the VPY2015 calendar like the Visit Davao Fun Sale, Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge and Visit Samal Islands.
To find out what’s happening around the Philippines and how to actively support the campaign this year, log on to visitph2015.com.
Text and photos provided by Department of Tourism XI.