Endowed with variety of picturesque landscapes, Davao’s topography dazzles: fruit plantations and orchid farms couple with mantle volcano- fed hills and valleys; its virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. It has an enchanting brilliant tapestry of harmony, woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co- exist in peace with a fairly large expatriate community and numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.

Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,107 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits.

Davao, on the southeastern seaboard of Mindanao, is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the magnificent presence of Mt. Apo, (the tallest mountain in the country). Davao City limits sprawl over 224,000 hectares, among the largest in the world, leaving ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development.

If you’re in for an exciting and unforgettable experience for both business and leisure, come to Davao and feel the captivating lure of nature’s bounty fused with cosmopolitan comforts. A city that’s bustling yet peaceful, modern yet rustic. Anytime of the year, there’s always a good reason to visit Davao City.

Davao City is a place like no other. Offering the best of urban amenities and rural pleasures, it is a place where business an leisure are interchangeable. Where the luxuries of cosmopolitan living complement the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors.

Our Vision-Mission

The City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) aims to make Davao City as the premier tourism center in Mindanao by coming up with projects and programs which will highlight the indigenous culture of Davao City. It will also actively participate in various national and international trade fairs wherein the city can showcase its world-class tourism products and services. The CTOO will also come up with various campaigns through symposia, video presentations, etc. to different venues to create awareness in the importance of tourism.

Our beginnings

The City Tourism Operations Office was established to organize activities which highlight the arts and culture of the Dabawenyos; showcases tourism products and services; creates awareness in the importance of tourism through various tourism campaigns; and supports and helps implement tourism activities organized by the Department of Tourism and other tourism stakeholders.

Who we are

What we do

ADMIN Budget preparation and allocation; implementation and monitoring projects; spearhead/ assist implementation of tourism activities; establishment of tourist assistance centers in strategic areas in the country; creates/attends/conducts trainings and seminars for industry and personnel development; facilitates airport, sea ports, land terminals and special functions receptions for official visitors of the city.

PROMOTIONS & MARKETING Publicity and promotions using multi-media; tourism and environmental awareness campaign; identification and promotion of potential tourism attractions and destinations in the city; production of various promotional collaterals; participate in trade fairs and exhibits; conducts city tours/prepare itineraries for official visitors of the city.

LICENSING Evaluate, process, approve and issue of licenses for tourism-oriented establishments; inspect tourism-oriented establishments as with regards to their rates, facilities, cleanliness and updated licenses; standardize the services and facilities of hotels, inns, restaurants and other tourism related establishments registered with the CTOO as a prerequisite for applying a permit from the Business Bureau.

DATA BANKING Conducts surveys; gathering of data; analysis of statistics; data banking of tourism statistics.

SPECIAL EVENTS Create/initiate/participate in special events related to tourism.