Ankara, Turkey — The Philippines won the World’s Leading Country Tourism Destination Award during the Uzakrota Global 2022 –Travel Summit on 29 November 2022 at the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul. The Uzakrota Travel Summit is one of the major conferences in the travel industry.
The Philippines’ huge attractive poster on Lake Kayangan of Palawan, entitled “Philippines”, and the smiling faces of the Philippine Delegation in their traditional dresses kept people streaming into the Philippine Booth. Travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, hotels, travel guides, media, and travelers enjoyed conversing with the Philippine officials and taking photos in front of the booth.
The Philippine Delegation, led by Ambassador Maria Elena P. Algabre of the Philippine Embassy in Ankara, include Congresswoman Maria Cynthia K. Chan of the House of Representative, Vice-Chairperson of the House Committee on Tourism and representing Lapu-Lapu City; Congresswoman Maria Vanessa C. Aumentado of the House of Representatives, representing Bohol; Consul General Arvin de Leon of the Philippine Consulate General in Istanbul; and Dr. Paul Benito S. Tugbang, Director of the Office of Product and Market Development, Department of Tourism. Mr. Joebert Opulencia from the travel industry and representatives from two Philippine schools providing English language courses to foreign visitors of the country, including Turkish students also joined the delegation.
Ambassador Algabre during the Opening Ceremony underscored Philippines’ readiness and openess to welcome visitors and investors and share with them the beauty of Philippine landscape, islands, marine life, and culture, as well as the hospitality of the Filipino people. The Ambassador, likewise, invited the audience to visit the Philippines and or do business with the country.