PH emerges as Asia’s top beach, dive destination again for 2021

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) — The Philippines’ picturesque beaches and incredible diving spots once again catapulted the country at the top of Asia’s tourist destinations this 2021.

The Philippines emerged as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and Leading Dive Destination in this year’s World Travel Awards, it was announced by the Department of Tourism on Tuesday.

This is the country’s fifth time to bag the beach destination distinction and the third straight time since 2019 to secure the dive destination recognition, added the agency.

“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,” said DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.

The department also noted that several beach spots in the country like Boracay, Siargao, El Nido and Amanpulo have already been welcoming domestic travelers. They are also equipped to accommodate foreign tourists once allowed, it added.

The agency likewise cited efforts to develop more beach destinations in the country along with new and existing dive circuits, adding it is also identifying potential spots for dive tourism.

The Philippine diving scene features the likes of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Puerto Galera, Anilao, Malapascua, Moalboal, Balicasag, Panglao, and Anda, said the department.

“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,” commented the DOT chief on the Philippines’ latest feat.

The country is also vying for the following categories in the global awards:

- World’s Leading Beach Destination 2021: Philippines

- World’s Leading Dive Destination 2021: Philippines

- 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

The public can cast votes in the World Travel Awards website until Oct. 25.