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The Philippines Wins Big at 2019 World Travel Awards in Vietnam

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Philippines Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. receiving the trophies at the 2019 World Travel Awards (Photo: Philippines DOT)

The Philippines has secured two major awards at the 2019 World Travel Awards held recently in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

This year’s World Travel Awards gala for Asia and Oceania saw the Philippines being recognized as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. The Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) was also won the award as Asia’s Leading Tourist Board, beating 11 counterparts from other countries.

'We are greatly honoured and thankful for this recent recognition for the Philippines at the World Travel Awards,' said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. 'A triumph as great as this simply could not be possible without the combined hard work from the government, industry partners, and tourism stakeholders in realising a more upward tourism industry for the country. This is not the DOT’s alone but for all Filipinos to celebrate.'

In its most recent report, the DOT indicated a 14.08 per cent year-on-year increase in the country’s international inbound traffic, counting a total of 5,554,950 visitors between January to August 2019. 

'It is also joyous news that the country’s diving scene is getting the attention it deserves,' said Ms Romulo-Puyat. 'This award only adds to our motivation to promote world-class Philippine dive tourism that is anchored on sustainability and inclusivity.'

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