The Philippines was once again hailed as Asia’s leading beach and dive destination at the 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA).
This is the Philippines’ fifth time to win Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and the third time in a row since 2019 to win Asia’s Leading Dive Destination award.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this boosts the agency’s efforts to keep the Philippines as a top-of-mind destination for foreign tourists as it awaits the resumption of international leisure travel to the country, consistent with its “More Fun Awaits” global campaign.
“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,” she said Tuesday. “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.”
Some of the country’s top beach destinations — 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, the Department of Tourism said.
The DOT also continues to identify potential destinations that may be developed for dive tourism.
Among the country’s top diving spots are 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.
Anilao is open to domestic tourists from areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ as long as they have a negative RT-PCR test result, proof of reservation, valid ID, and medical clearance.
According to the DOT, only MGCQ destinations are allowed to accomodate recreational divers, with the exception of Anilao, which is under GCQ. (PNA)