Davao Mega Travel Sale
Following the success of the Davao Mega Travel Sale last year, reaching gross sales of P50 million, DTAA president Alexander Divinagracia said they are looking forward to an equally good, if not better, performance of the exhibitors this year. From this amount, Divinagracia said a big chunk was from booking and purchase of flight tickets.
The event will be participated by different travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, hotels, resorts, and destination promotion agencies from the different parts of the country and Southeast Asia.
Airlines that will be present will be AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Silk Air, and Turkish Airlines which will participate for the first time this year.
Among the offers that will be made available during the Travel Sale will be air fare discounts with travel flight schedules until 2019, land arrangements that may be used anytime until the end of the year, and organized tour packages for at least two people. These tour packages may include bus tickets among others.
Divinagracia said they have also partnered with Pioneer Safe Trip for travel insurance needs of the passengers. These offers will be made available also during the travel sale.
“SilkAir Singapore Airlines can fly direct Davao to Singapore. Usually the fares, within the normal day, are around P17,000 to P18,000 one-way only. For this three-day sale, they can bring it down to P9,000 all-in with Philippine travel tax. That’s how cheap it is to fly…including meals, 30kg baggage allowance, and everything. That’s how cheap it is,” said DTAA member and GMC Travel Makers owner Gian Carlo Caguias.
As DTAA is also partnering with BPI, the bank will offer “double your credit limit” to all BPI credit card holders who will use their cards to purchase and book flight tickets during the travel sale.
“We don’t actually expect the public to immediately book in 3 days but this would be more on the awareness and building contacts with the clients for future travels because travel agencies offer services all-year round and is not limited to the three-days event,” said Divinagracia.