As announced by the Department of Tourism, the Philippines raked not one, not two, but three international awards for this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Back at it again, the world-renowned island of Boracay was recognized as the Top Island in Asia, with Palawan (88.99 rating) in the eighth place. Aside from that, the Philippines also placed 30th in the Top Countries in the World.
In the recently held survey, Boracay bested the other islands in Asia, including the famous beaches of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and Sri Lanka. This recognition was warmly welcomed by the country’s Department of Tourism. “We are extremely grateful for these international awards for the Philippines based on the opinion and experience of travelers from all over the world. As we usher in this new era of travel post-pandemic, our focus is to continue building confidence towards travel to the country by ensuring improvement in ease of access, prioritizing tourist safety and convenience, and encouraging sustainable tourism practices,” according to current Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco.
She added that recognitions, like the ones made by the highly-acclaimed international magazine, affirm the efforts of the countrymen to herald not only the country’s natural wonders but also the readiness of the country to become a premier tourist destination in Asia. “The Department is one with all our tourism stakeholders, from the local government units, private sector partners, and our fellowmen in celebrating these victories for the Philippines from Condé Nast Traveler. We are confident that the acclaim for our flagship destinations will help garner more international interest for our country. With President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s thrust to expand and equalize tourism opportunities nationwide; the development and promotion of our other emerging destinations will follow suit soon.”
Also highlighted in the CNT Readers’ Choice Awards are the local resorts that secured the top spot in Condé Nast Travelers’ Top Resorts in Asia. This includes Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa in the 5th place, El Nido Resorts – Pangulasian Island in the 8th spot, and Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu in the 20th place. These resorts joined the prestigious list of Top Resorts in the World, with Shangri-La Boracay on the 27th and El Nido on the 49th.
Immediately upon the release of the results gathered from almost a quarter of a million voters, Shangri-La Boracay expressed their deepest gratitude for having been identified as one of the Best Resorts in Asia and the World: “We are endlessly grateful for your continued support and trust, and this recognition will push us harder to deliver the warm and thoughtful hospitality that Shangri-La is known and loved for.”
Now that borders are lifted and health restrictions getting more relaxed, the tourism chief added, “Taking into consideration the current health situation and benchmarking on the best practices of ASEAN countries, our tourists can now all the more enjoy our nature-based tourism destinations, like Boracay and Palawan all over the archipelago while still being assured that their health and wellbeing remain our priority.”