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Philippines named Asia's leading beach, dive destination by World Travel Awards

The Philippines is once again Asia’s top beach and dive destination, according to the World Travel Awards (WTA).

This is the country’s fifth time to win Asia's Leading Beach Destination Award and the third time in a row to win the Asia’s Leading Dive Destination Award, according a tourism department statement.

"We are elated that the country's pristine beaches and mesmerising 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 in a statement.

"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."

Amid the ongoing pandemic, the Philippines’ top beach destinations, such as Boracay, Siargao, and Palawan, have already opened up to tourists while ensuring safety for everyone.

The top diving spots in the country include the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Anilao in Batangas, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), they are also continuously identifying places which can be potential destinations that may be developed for dive tourism.

The Philippines is also still in the running for the following world categories:

  • World’s Leading Beach Destination 2021
  • World’s Leading Dive Destination 2021
  • 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 

See the full list of winners on the World Travel Awards website.

The World Travel Awards, founded in 1993, recognizes brands and organizations worldwide from the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries through its annual gala ceremonies held in each continent.

Congratulations! — LA, GMA News