The year 2019 has been a good year for the Philippine tourism industry. Based on the Department of Tourism website, there was a 12.15% increase in foreign tourist arrival for April 2019. This October, the department has partnered with Google Philippine as the first trusted Google Verifier in the country.
With this upward trend, the Philippines is slowly making its mark as the favorite tourist destination in the world. It was awarded as the 8th Favorite Country in the World by Conde Nast Traveller, a New York-based luxury and travel magazine. The Philippines has scored 90.63 among the Most Favorite Countries in the World of the CNT Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.
The top three Philippine Islands
Boracay was still named as the best island in Asia by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller. The magazine has noted the rehabilitation efforts done by the government on the island last year. Cebu and Visayas Islands, as well as Palawan, also made it on the list of the Top Island Destination in Asia category.
Boracay’s white-sand beaches, crystal blue waters and the perfect sunset are the top tourism draw, both by local and international tourists. Parasailing, snorkeling, and islands are just some of the endless activities that you can do on the island.
During nighttime, tourists are entertained by live bands, fire dancers and night parties.
Strict implementation of the laws and regulations has been exercised for local and international tourists after the island was rehabilitated to maintain the pristine beauty of the island.
Cebu may not be the most talked-about tourist destination, but there are many equally beautiful and unpolluted beaches there. Tourists love the paradise-like and laid-back feel of the Paradise Beach, Virgin Beach and Santa Fe Beaches which are all located in Bantayan Island.
Coron and El Nido in Palawan
El Nido and Coron are the most visited place in Palawan because of the islands’ majestic breathtaking sites. Tourists keep coming back to experience tranquility and the relaxed feeling that the island gives.
The international awards and recognition that the Philippines have been reaping will not only boost the country’s tourism industry but would also benefit the country’s sustainable tourism development program that the Department of Tourism has been advocating.
Source: Philippine Star