The Philippines proved once more that it is a destination worth going to as it bagged the leading beach and diving destination in Asia in the World Travel Awards.
"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," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that this is the Phillippines' 5th time to win the award of Asia's Leading Beach Destination and the 3rd time consecutive time to receive 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," Puyat expressed.
"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," she added.
Meanwhile, the fight isn't over yet as the country is still running for the World's Leading Beach Destination and the World's Leading Dive Destination categories in this year's World Travel Awards.
Siargao Island is also nominated for the World's Leading Island Destination, Intramuros for World Leading Tourist Attraction, and the Department of Tourism for World Leading Tourist Board.
Voting will run until midnight on October 25 on the World Travel Awards website.
Furthermore, properties in the Philippines were also recognized as the best in the region in the 28th World Travel Awards.
These include Savoy Hotel Manila as Asia's Leading Airport Hotel, Discovery Primea as Asia's Leading Business Hotel, City of Dreams Manila as Asia's Leading Casino Resort and Asia's Leading Fully Integrated Resort, and Amanpulo as Asia's Leading Private Island Resort.