Mati City is also famous of its Sambuokan Festival, which is considered as one of the major festivals in Mindanao. The Sambuokan Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of the Matinians through dancing in the streets. The dancing showdown also features the major potential resources or products of the locality. It is through this festival that the true essence of Sambuokan (unity and oneness) among the various sectors of the locality is conveyed. The Sambuokan Festival is a weeklong celebration, which is staged every October of the year during the celebration of the founding anniversary of Mati as a municipality then.
“Kaimunan ng mga Lumad” is another traditional event where all tribal communities or indigenous peoples are converged to demonstrate their aspirations to preserve their customs and traditions. The event is expressed with dancing, singing and demonstration of intrinsic skills and talents of their folks. This also serves as a venue where they can articulate their present situation.
To ensure that tourism areas are properly promoted and tourists are attended to, the City Tourism Office was created. Likewise, the City Tourism Council was also organized to this effect.
To complement tourism industry in Mati are communication networks like Globe Telecom, Smart, and Sun Cellular Mobile Phones, the Mati Telephone Inc., which is interconnected with PLDT, the Philcom, and access to INTERNET cafes. On the other hand, there are also accommodation facilities that would cater the stay of the visitors. They could have their choices from either of the hotels, lodging houses, inns or pension house. These facilities include the Hotel Beatrice, Mati Citi Lodge, Casa Rosa, Lane’s Katulgan, Menzi Tourism Complex, Masao Beach Resort, Baywalk Hotel, D’Eterna Dormitel, Honey’s Inn, Chew Citi Lodge.
To satisfy ones palate, we have Food Chain and Restaurants which offer wide array of foods and drinks to domestic and foreign tourists. These are the Jollibee, Tita Venus Restaurant, Shan and Hazel’s Food, Kape’tol & Bar & Grill, Honey’s Kitchenette, Seaside Fastfood, Knots Bar & Grill, Nanay Bateng’s and Marton’s Restaurant which are located just within the urban proper.
Convention and training facilities are also available in the area such as Honey’s Convention Hall, Milagrosa Formation Center, Ursuline Function Hall, Tourism Seminar and Training Hall, Mati High School Function Hall, and Roque’s Function Hall,Honey’s Function Hall & Baywalk Hotel.