October 19, 2021

2021 World Travel Awards Recognizes PH as Asia’s Top Beach, Dive Destination

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  • The 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA) announced that the Philippines is Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and Diving Destination.

    The Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat shared the great news and congratulated all tourism players in the Philippines for their persistence and hard work amid the pandemic.

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    Panglao Island, Bohol/IMAGE from the Department of Tourism 

    “We are elated that the country’s pristine beaches and mesmerizing dive spots have once again been cited as the best in Asia by the prestigious 2021 World Travel Awards,” she said. 

    This is the fifth time that the Philippines has won as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and the third time in a row since 2019 to bag the Asia’s Leading Dive Destination award.  

    “We share this recognition with our tourism stakeholders, local government units, partner agencies, and all Filipinos who have been helping us promote our country’s attractions, products, and culture,” she added.

    Screenshot from World Travel Awards 

    As of press time, the country still has a chance to win the following World categories of the 28th World Travel Awards:

    • World’s Leading Beach Destination 2021: Philippines
    • World’s Leading Dive Destination 2021: Philippines
    • World’s Leading Island Destination 2021: Siargao, Philippines
    • World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2021: Intramuros, Philippines
    • World’s Leading Tourist Board 2021: the Philippines, Department of Tourism

    You can cast your vote until midnight of October 25, 2021, via www.worldtravelawards.com/.

    “This will boost our efforts to keep the Philippines as a top-of-mind destination for foreign tourists as we await the resumption of international leisure travel to the country, consistent with our “More Fun Awaits” global campaign,” Puyat said.

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    Anilao, Batangas/IMAGE from the Department of Tourism

    At present, some of the country’s top beach destinations, such as Boracay in Aklan, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, and El Nido and Amanpulo in Palawan, have already opened to domestic tourists and are ready to welcome foreign tourists once international borders reopen.

    The DOT also said that they are finding ways to promote the country’s beach and diving destinations such as Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Anilao in Batangas, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu, Balicasag, Panglao and Anda in Bohol, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

    The WTA is an organization that aims to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.


    Source: Department of Tourism and World Travel Awards

    Written by Cedie Salido  

               
               
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