Philippines named as Asia’s best beach and dive destination for 2021

Palawan was chosen as the sixth most beautiful island in the world. Photo via ABS-CBN.
Palawan was chosen as the sixth most beautiful island in the world. Photo via ABS-CBN.

Once again, the Philippines has been named as Asia’s leading beach destination and the region’s leading dive destination in Asia at the 28th World Travel Awards, according to the Department of Tourism.

This is the fifth time the country has been named Asia’s Leading Beach Destination—meanwhile, this is the third year in a row since 2019 that the Philippines has taken home the title for Asia’s Leading Dive Destination.

“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. 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,” tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

“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.”

The World Travel Awards is one of the most prestigious travel awards in the world. It aims to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

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