Held in Vietnam, the 26th World Travel Awards for Asia and Oceania have presented the Philippines with two awards this past October 12.
Asia’s Leading Tourism Board
“We are greatly honored and thankful for this recent recognition for the Philippines at the World Travel Awards,” Department of Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said after the DOT was recognized as Asia’s Leading Tourism Board. “A triumph as great as this simply could not be possible without the combined hard work from the government, industry partners, and tourism stakeholders in realizing a more upward tourism industry for the country.”
The award was attributed to the noticeable increase in the number of visitor arrivals in the Philippines during the past year. The country was said to have a total of 5,554,950 visitors between January and August of this year. The DOT stated that this was a 14.08 percent year-on-year increase in the international inbound traffic into the country, leading them to the top of the list of twelve countries nominated for the award.
Asia’s Leading Dive Destination
For the first time ever, the Philippines was also recognized as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. This was on top of the note that since 2006, the country has been repeatedly nominated for both Asia’s Leading Dive Destination and the World’s Leading Dive Destination.
“It is also joyous news that the country’s diving scene is getting the attention it deserves,” Romulo-Puyat said. “This award only adds to our motivation to promote a world-class Philippine dive tourism that is anchored on sustainability and inclusivity.”
The DOT also stated that dive tourism is one of the key areas they specified in the National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022. The objectives of this plan are to improve the growth of tourism, with metrics as in increased visitor count, extended length of stay, increased tourism revenue, and the like.