The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) announced today that the Philippines is, once again, Asia's leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination at the 28th World Travel Awards (WTA).
“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. 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,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.
This is the Philippines’ fifth time to win Asia's Leading Beach Destination and the third time in a row since 2019 to win the Asia’s Leading Dive Destination award.
The Philippines is still in the running for 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: Philippines, Department of Tourism
Voting runs until midnight of October 25, 2021 via https://www.worldtravelawards.com/.
The WTA aims to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
“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,” said Puyat..
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.
Moreover, the PDOT has developed many of the country’s beach destinations, as well as new and existing dive circuits and is constantly identifying potential destinations that may be developed for dive tourism. Top diving spots in the country 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.
The Department also ensures that the safety of visitors is prioritized with the strict implementation of health protocols in destinations that have opened their doors to guests. Meanwhile, more than half or about 65.53% of tourism workers in the country have already received their Covid-19 jabs as of October 16.
For more updates and information on the DOT’s campaigns and programs, please visit www.morefunawaits.com.
Siargao has been named as one of the World's Greatest Places of 2021 by Time Magazine. Internationally known as the Philippines' “Surfing Capital", Siargao continues to be a choice destination for surfing enthusiasts and beach lovers alike due to its picturesque islands, white sand beaches, blue-green waters, and laid-back vibe.
"In many ways, our third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places is a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate. It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world" according to the the acommpanying article that explains how the places were chosen.
Boracay Island just became one of the two Philippine destinations to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp next to Baguio City, indicating it has adopted globally recognized health protocols.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) also awarded the stamp to 11 hotels namely, Le Soleil de Boracay, Discovery Shores Boracay, Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort, Hue Boracay, Wald’s Place, Amable Suites, Lime Hotel, The Lind Boracay, Movenpick Resort & Spa Boracay, Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel, and Belmont Hotel Boracay.
Mangroves not only make for beautiful landscapes but also play an important role in protecting coastal areas from erosion. If you’re the nature lover traveller type and are into sustainable tourism, check out these two destinations in the Philippines where you can see some of the most beautiful mangroves. Lifestyle Asia has recently named Bakhawan Eco-Park in Kalibo, Aklan and Bongsanglay Natural Park in the Bicol Region as one of the most beautiful mangroves to visit in Asia.
The Philippines is home to at least half of the world’s approximately 65 mangrove species. Also, based on the 2010 global mangrove forests distribution, the Philippines ranks 15th of the most mangrove-rich countries in the world and 6th in Asia.
Pagudpud's Saud Beach has been named by renowned Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world. Known as the crown jewel of Pagudpud, Saud Beach is blessed with the purest white sand and clear-as-glass water making it one of the world’s premiere beach destinations worthy of your visit.
If you're searching for Southeast Asian beach bliss, super-mellow Saud Beach on the island of Luzon is a sure thing. Its white sand pitches gradually into the clear-as-glass water, like a real-world example of a zero-entry swimming pool. Swim in the peaceful waves, lunch under a thatch-roof cabana under the palms, or hire an outrigger for excursions on the water.
When the borders reopen, there is a cluster of islands in the northernmost region of the Philippines that is a must-add to your bucket list . Discover a different side of the country's landscape in this region, including its quaint stone towns, picturesque lighthouses, and abundance of natural and cultural heritage. This is Batanes — a captivating and magical place that will truly take your breath away.
While waiting for the day when you can pack your bags, hop on a plane, and revel in the beauty of what Bohol has to offer, let Kristine Mariano take you to the 9 instagrammable places in Bohol.
Bohol currently enforces health and safety protocols such as testing before travel, the wearing of masks and observing physical distancing to assure everyone’s safety.
Exciting news! The Philippines has been nominated for the following awards under the 2021 World Travel Awards Asia Edition:
1. Asia's Leading Beach Destination
2. Asia's Leading Dive Destination
3. Asia's Leading Tourist Board
4. Asia's Leading Wedding Destination category (Cebu)
5. Asia's Leading Tourist Attraction (Intramuros)
The 2021 WTA online voting period for Asia is from March 30 to August 16, 2021, and is open to the public and travel industry stakeholders. Online users may simply register for an account on the WTA portal using a valid e-mail address.
Philippine Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat enjoins travelers and stakeholders alike to support the nominations by casting your vote. The 2021 WTA online voting period for Asia is from March 30 to August 16, 2021, and is open to the public and travel industry stakeholders. Votes by regular users count as one, while votes cast by travel industry voters count as two.
For more information on the nominations and on how to cast your vote, visit the WTA portal at: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees/2021/asia
Asia's Leading Tourist Attraction 2021: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-asias-leading-tourist-attraction-2021
Asia's Leading Beach Destination 2021: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-asias-leading-beach-destination-2021
Asia's Leading Dive Destination 2021: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-asias-leading-dive-destination-2021Asia's Leading
Tourist Board 2021: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-asias-leading-tourist-board-2021
Asia's Leading Wedding Destination 2021: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-asias-leading-wedding-destination-2021
As the world waits for travel to safely re-open, writer Gabriella Salud shares 10 destinations in the Philippines that you should definitely consider visiting under the New Normal. To find out more information on the open destinations and #travel guidelines visit https://philippines.travel/safetrip/.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the inclusion of the Philippines in the Most Instagrammable Places in the World list of the renowned travel website Big 7 Travel for the year 2021. Coming at 2nd place, the Philippines bested other places including Paris, France; New York City, USA; Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubai, UAE in the list.
The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is ensuring that tourism stakeholders implement the safety protocols and series of precautionary measures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH), and is promoting habits that the public can adapt to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has given the Department of Tourism (DOT) a SafeTravels Stamp in recognition of its adoption of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that will ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SafeTravels is the stamp of approval given by the international organization to certify compliance with its global health standards to allow for safe travels.