Needless to say, the Philippines is a beautiful country and the world recognizes that. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic this year, the Philippines was recognized in the World Travel Awards Asia. Read more.
World Travel Awards Asia Accolades
The 27th World Travel Awards recognized the Philippines as Asia’s leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination in 2020.
The award-giving body also declared Intramuros as Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Meanwhile, the Philippine Department of Tourism was chosen as this year’s leading tourist board in Asia, besting 11 nominated countries.
“We are truly honored and thankful for the accolades given to the Philippines at the 2020 World Travel Awards Asia.” This was remarked by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
She says that “These recognitions are certainly an inspiration to the industry as we safely and gradually reopen our destinations for tourism.”
Puyat added that these would not be possible without the combined efforts from our tourism stakeholders, local government units, partner agencies, and the Filipino people.
Moreover, she thanks everyone who has tirelessly promoted the country’s attractions, products, and culture.
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Awards Through the Years
This is the Philippines’ fourth time to win Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and the second time to win Asia’s Leading Dive Destination.
On the other hand, this is the second time for Intramuros to win Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Intramuros first won the award in 2016. It is also the second win for the Department of Tourism (DOT) as Asia’s Leading Tourist Board.
Recently, the DOT expressed its support for the gradual reopening of various tourism destinations in the country, putting health and safety as the top priority. Among the opened destinations for local tourists are Baguio, Boracay, El Nido, Ilocos Norte, and several diving sites in Batangas province wherein stringent safety protocols are in place.
Dive tourism is identified by the DOT as one of the key areas in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2016 – 2022. This sector can positively affect industry growth in terms of increased visitor count, extended length of stay, and higher tourism revenue.
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More Nominations for the Philippines
Meanwhile, both the Philippines and the DOT have the following remaining nominations under the World category:
- World’s Leading Beach Destination 2020: Philippines
- World’s Leading Dive Destination 2020: Philippines
- World’s Leading Island Destination 2020: Siargao
- World’s Leading Tourist Board 2020: the Philippines, Department of Tourism
- World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2020: Intramuros
Since 1993, the World Travel Awards event has contributed to rising global tourism standards. They recognize brands and best practices from the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. The awards are given in an annual series of gala ceremonies held per continent.
Each year is capped off with a Grand Final Gala.
For more information about the Philippines, visit www.philippines.travel.