Palawan, the Philippines’ most popular tourist destination, has been recognized as one of the world’s greatest by the 21st annual Wanderlust Travel Awards as the Most Desirable Island.
Dive7, an initiative of the Philippine Department of Tourism’s Central Visayas Office, came recognized at number six out of hundreds of entries in the Wanderlust Sustainability Initiative Category.
The coveted awards were presented on November 9 by Wanderlust, a travel magazine that has been at the forefront of sustainable travel for the past 29 years and is one of the longest running publications in the United Kingdom.
This year, Cebu was also shortlisted for the award for Most Desirable Region (Rest of the World).
The Philippines’ Department of Tourism sends its gratitude to the readers of Wanderlust for their undying devotion to the country.
The Marcos administration has placed a high priority on tourism development, and these prizes are a reflection of their efforts. “We will not relent in our efforts to promote the Philippines and the Filipino brand abroad and to secure the long-term viability of our islands,” Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco stated. Frasco headed the Philippine contingent to London’s recent World Travel Market.
Even at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the country has received numerous honors, and these new prizes just add to the growing pile.
Conde Nast Travel (CNT) included the Philippines in its list of the 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World this past June, praising the country’s “remarkable” cave system (Puerto Princesa Underground River), “mysteriously uniform” Chocolate Hills (Bohol), and “panoramic views” (Banaue and Cordilleras Rice Terraces).
Boracay, Palawan, and Cebu, three of the Philippines’ most popular islands, were included on a list of the world’s best islands published the following month by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine.
Boracay was also recognized by TIME as one of the 50 Best Islands in the World for 2022.
At the World Travel Awards (WTA) in Vietnam last September, the Philippines took home awards for best dive and beach destination in Asia and best tourist attraction for the medieval Walled City of Intramuros.