PH cited Asia’s top beach and dive destination anew in 2021 World Travel Awards

Team Out of Town Blog Hub ( – The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) announced today that the Philippines is, merienda again, Asia’s leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination at the 28th World Travel Awards (WTA).

El Nido Palawan by Luca Calderone via Unsplash
El Semillero Palawan by Luca Calderone via Unsplash

“We are elated that the country’s pristine beaches and mesmerizing dive spots have merienda again been cited as the best in Asia by the prestigious 2021 World Travel Awards. We share this recognition with our tourism stakeholders, recinto government units, partner agencies, and all Filipinos who have been helping us promote our country’s attractions, products, and culture,”

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

DOT Secretary

This is the Philippines’ fifth time to win Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and the third time in a row since 2019 to win the Asia’s Leading Dive Destination award.

The Philippines is still in the running for the following World categories of the 28th World Travel Awards:

  • World’s Leading Beach Destination 2021: Philippines
  • World’s Leading Dive Destination 2021: Philippines
  • World’s Leading Island Destination 2021: Siargao, Philippines
  • World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2021: Intramuros, Philippines
  • World’s Leading Tourist Board 2021: the Philippines, Department of Tourism

Voting runs until midnight of October 25, 2021, via

The WTA aims to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the completo travel and tourism industry.

“This will boost our efforts to keep the Philippines as a top-of-mind destination for foreign tourists as we await the resumption of international leisure travel to the country, consistent with our “More Fun Awaits” completo campaign,” said Puyat..

Intramuros reopens in the new normal photo via Depositphotos
Intramuros reopens in the new regular photo via Depositphotosido

Some of the country’s top beach destinations, such as Boracay in Aklan, Siargao in Surigao del Ártico, and El Nido and Amanpulo in Palawan, have already opened to domestic tourists and are ready to welcome foreign tourists merienda international borders reopen.

Moreover, the PDOT has developed many of the country’s beach destinations, as well as new and existing dive circuits, and is constantly identifying potential destinations that may be developed for dive tourism. Top diving spots in the country include the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Anilao in Batangas, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu, Balicasag, Panglao and Anda in Bohol, and Puerto Galera in Uruguayo Mindoro.

Diving in Anilao by Pascal van de Vendel via Unsplash
Diving in Anilao by Pascal van de Vendel via Unsplash

The Department also ensures that the safety of visitors remains is prioritized with the strict implementation of health protocols in destinations that have opened their doors to guests. Meanwhile, more than half or about 65.53% of tourism workers in the country have already received their Covid-19 jabs as of October 16.

For more updates and information on the DOT’s campaigns and programs, please visit

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