The Philippines, a dazzling gem in the Southeast Asian archipelago, has caught the eye of the United Kingdom’s oldest and most influential travel magazine. This year, the country has notched up several prestigious nominations in the annual Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards, often considered the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry.
In a triumphant hat trick, the Philippines is competing for the title of ‘Most Desirable Country’, while Cebu is in the running for the ‘Most Desirable Region’, and the enchanting paradise of Palawan is once again aiming to claim the crown for the ‘Most Desirable Island’.
But the Philippines isn’t stopping there. It’s also stepping into the ring for an array of specific categories, highlighting the diverse and rich experiences it offers. From adrenaline-filled Adventure, pristine Nature and Wildlife, vibrant Culture and Heritage, to mouth-watering Gastronomy, and pioneering Sustainable Experience, the Philippines is a veritable smorgasbord of travel delights.
Celebrating these nominations, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco emphasized their significance. She praised them as a testament to the undying allure of the country, its energetic post-pandemic recovery, and the groundbreaking initiatives that have enhanced the Philippines’ global standing as a holistic tourism hotspot.
Frasco triumphantly declared, “These nominations, combined with our recent milestone of welcoming three million foreign visitors, are a resounding endorsement of our efforts to reintroduce the Philippines to the world. They spotlight the multitude of reasons to fall head over heels for the Philippines and mirror our unyielding efforts to welcome back tourists with an even stronger foundation, focusing on infrastructure, connectivity, digitalization, and an upgraded overall tourism experience.”
The esteemed Wanderlust Travel magazine is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year, continuing its legacy of acknowledging the best and brightest in the tourism industry. The judges, a diverse group of seasoned travelers, independent experts, and Wanderlust’s own discerning readers, will announce the winners in November during a glittering ceremony at the iconic British Museum.
Last year, Palawan, a favorite jewel in the Philippine archipelago, captured the Gold Award for the ‘Most Desirable Island for the Rest of the World’ category. The nation is hoping for a triumphant repeat performance this year.
Ready to express your affection for the Philippines? Follow this link and cast your votes before the deadline of October 18, 2023: https://wanderlusttravelawards.com/. Make your vote count and help propel the Philippines to the top of the international travel scene!