File photo shows cultural dancers performing a tribal dance at a Kadayawan activity.

DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Tourism and Operations Office (CTOO) is expecting around 250,000 tourists for the upcoming Kadayawan festival in August.

In a press conference here Thursday, City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson assured the city can accommodate tourists as it has enough hotels, inns, and transient houses.

“This year’s Kadayawan is different from the previous celebrations since we spread out some activities so that tourists will have the time to explore the city,” Tecson said.

Tecson added that the budget for the entire festivity may increase to PHP75 million compared to the PHP60-million allocation last year.

“Our prizes for the contest such as the Indak-indak (street dancing) may also increase, and these prizes will be taxed,” she said.

One of the highlights of the celebration is the Tribal village, showcasing the culture and traditions of the city's 11 tribes.

Tecson said they have allocated PHP150,000 for the Indigenous People's groups and PHP250,000 for the Moro tribes for the beautification of their ancestral houses.

Kadayawan is a month-long celebration of the culture and traditions of the city's 11 tribes. (PNA)