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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Department of Tourism (DOT) announces that the Philippines is Asia's leading beach destination

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) announced today that the Philippines is, once again, Asia's leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination at the 28th World Travel Awards (WTA). 

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

Panglao Island, located in Bohol Sea in Central Visayas, is a famous tourist destination known for its

white sand beaches and world-class diving sites. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

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: Philippines, Department of Tourism  


Voting runs until midnight of October 25, 2021 via

 Siargao Island, a popular surfing destination, is home to unspoiled white sand beaches. Photo by Beautiful Destinations, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The WTA aims to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global 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” global campaign,” said Puyat.

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

El Nido is a Philippine municipality on Palawan Island. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines for its absolutely stunning islands and beaches. Photo by Erwin Lim, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

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 Oriental Mindoro.

Tubbataha Reef is known for its extraordinary biodiversity, abundant marine life, and breathtaking drop-offs into the open ocean. Photos by Robert Yin.

Anilao in Batangas has some of the best scuba diving for underwater photography in the world, particularly for rare underwater critters and new species of fish. Photo by Evelyn Go, courtesy of the Department of Tourism. 

Sombrero Reef in Batangas is a diving site where gorgonians, black coral, shells, rays, grunts, jacks, snappers, and a great variety of soft corals are scattered all over the place. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The Department also ensures that the safety of visitors remain 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


  1. Wow great news magaganda tlga ang place na to , perfect place to visit, relax and enjoy 😍❤️ ang gaganda pa ng mga view sa lugar na to na tlga nman dadayuhin 😍❤️

  2. Its so nice po talaga ,More tourist spot ,To come satin hehe

  3. We really enjoyed our own beautiful tourist attractions here in our country!

  4. Absolutely beautiful ❤ and so Good News for all of us. Such a perfect place to visit, to staycation, to chill and Relax, sobrang dinadayo po talaga dahil sa ganda at linis 💯💯❤❤

  5. Wow these are indeed beautiful places that we can be proud of. A must visit places that will give us unforgettable memories. Indeed our country's pride.

  6. Wow Its More Fun in the Philippines.
    A truly amazing Creation from our Lord God 🙏❤️😍 we are so blessed to have this Most beautiful Beach in tje world.

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