Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam — The Philippines continues to reap the fruits of its intensified tourism efforts, securing two major awards at the 2019 World Travel Awards.
This year’s World Travel Awards gala for Asia and Oceania held recently at the picturesque Phu Quoc island in Vietnam, hailed the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) as Asia’s Leading Tourism Board, after the significant increase in visitor arrivals for the country in the past year, beating 11 counterparts from other countries also nominated for the award.
“We are greatly honored and thankful for this recent recognition for the Philippines at the World Travel Awards. 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. This is not the DOT’s alone but for all Filipinos to celebrate,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
In its most recent report, the DOT indicated a 14.08 percent year-on-year increase in the country’s international inbound traffic. Counting a total of 5,554,950 visitors between January to August 2019.
Subsequently, the Philippines was also recognized as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the first time, following a number nominations for both Asia’s Leading Dive Destination and the World’s Leading Dive Destination award categories since 2006.
“It is also joyous news that the country’s diving scene is getting the attention it deserves. This award only adds to our motivation to promote a world-class Philippine dive tourism that is anchored on sustainability and inclusivity,” enthused Puyat.
Dive tourism is identified by the DOT as one of the key areas in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP ) 2016 – 2022 that can positively affect industry growth in terms of increased visitor count, extended length of stay, and higher tourism revenue, among others.