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Philippines secures a triple win at the 2022 World Travel Awards

Angelique Agarap

October 3, 2022

  • Photo: Marine Conservation Institute

    The Philippines’ winning streak continues at the 29th World Travel Awards, which is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

    The country has been recognized as Asia’s Leading Dive and Beach Destination, while Intramuros has reclaimed its title as Asia’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the award-giving body.

    This is the Philippines’ sixth time winning the beach destination award besting India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Concurrently, the fourth time in a row for the dive destination award.

    Meanwhile, the walled City of Intramuros in Manila won over other top international destinations such as the Angkor Temples of Cambodia; Borobudur Temple Compounds of Indonesia; Ha Long Bay of Vietnam; Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum of Kagoshima in Japan; Taj Mahal of India, teamLab SuperNature of Macao, Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and Terracotta Warriors, all in China; Tokyo Imperial Palace of Japan; and Victoria Peak of Hong Kong for lead tourist attraction.

    “The Philippines is a beautiful country and you (WTA) having given these awards is such an affirmation to all of our tourism stakeholders and workers who have greatly sacrificed throughout the pandemic,” said Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco in her virtual remark at the gala ceremony.

    “We are ready to receive you in the Philippines. We look forward to your visit and I invite each and every one of you to visit our beaches, our dive sites and our tourist destinations,” Secretary Frasco added.

    Known as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the WTA 2022 held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Wednesday, September 7, was established  to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.


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