The Philippines offers innumerable attractions, beckoning visitors to its crescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; uninhabited tropical islands, lush impenetrable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, historic cities, diverse local cuisine & culture, and much more.
The 27th World Travel Awards have recognised the Philippines as Asia’s leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination in 2020. This is the Philippines’ fourth time winning Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and second time winning Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. The award-giving body also declared the Philippine Department of Tourism as this year’s leading tourist board in Asia, besting 11 nominated countries. “We are truly honoured and thankful for the accolades given to the Philippines at the 2020 World Travel Awards Asia. These recognitions are certainly an inspiration to the industry as we safely and gradually reopen our destinations for tourism. These would not be possible without the combined efforts from our tourism stakeholders, local government units, partner agencies, and our fellow Filipinos who have tirelessly promoted our country’s attractions, products and culture,” said Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
This is the Philippines’ fourth time winning Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and second time winning Asia’s Leading Dive Destination, following a number of nominations for categories since 2006. In fact, this is also the second time for the Department of Tourism (DOT) to win Asia’s Leading Tourist Board.
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