The Philippines was named Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and Leading Dive Destination at the 28th World Travel Awards (WTA), the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on October 19.
Since 2019, the Philippines has won Asia’s Leading Beach Destination for the fifth time and Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the third time. The WTA aims to “acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.” With its pristine beaches and breathtaking diving spots, it is no surprise that the Philippines would emerge as the leading beach and dive destination in Asia.
“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,” DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said. (Read: ‘More Fun Awaits’ Travellers To PH Destinations- DOT)
Must-visit beaches and diving spots
Among the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines are Boracay, Palawan, Puerto Galera, Siargao, and many hidden gems to discover. The mesmerizing views and hospitality of the Filipinos are what the majority of tourists love when visiting some of the beaches in the country.
“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 underscored.
The DOT noted that several 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 again once it is allowed.
The top diving spots include the 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. (Read: 3 Ways to Practice Responsible Tourism Amid Pandemic)
The DOT is also identifying more beach destinations that may be developed for potential dive tourism locations.
2021 World Travel Awards
The Philippines is still competing for the following categories at this year’s 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: Philippines, Department of Tourism
The voting will run until October 25, 2021. People can cast their votes on this website.
For more updates and information on the DOT’s campaigns and programs, you may visit this website as well.