Phl Scores Consecutive WTA Asia Win; Intramuros hailed as Asia’s top tourist attraction of 2022

Intramuros is Asia’s top tourist attraction by 2022

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco expressed her elation that the Philippines is recognized as Asia’s leading dive destination and Asia’s leading beach destination. At the same time, Intramuros reclaimed its title as Asia’s Top Tourist Attraction at the 29th World Travel Awards (WTA) 2022, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Wednesday (Sep 7).

Asia's Top Tourist Attraction of 2022
Asia’s Top Tourist Attraction of 2022

“The Philippines is a beautiful country, and the fact that you (WTA) have awarded these awards is a huge affirmation for all of our tourism stakeholders and workers who have sacrificed tremendously during the pandemic. We look to the future with the hope that through our combined efforts under the Marcos Administration, which has identified tourism as an important pillar for economic recovery, we will not only survive the pandemic, but we will prosper, resist and get more stronger than ever,” Secretary Frasco said in a video message sent to WTA organizers.

The WTA awarded the Philippines for the sixth time as Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, beating India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, and at the same time, achieving the title of Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for four consecutive years since 2019. bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Asia's Leading Beach Destination 2022
Asia’s Leading Beach Destination 2022

Secretary Frasco noted that the WTA Diving Citation only cements DOT’s premise of hosting the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) 2022, which is considered to be the country’s largest platform for networking and promoting the diving industry. The Philippine Sport Diving Commission (PCSSD), a DOT adjunct agency in charge of marine sports, recently allocated a budget of Php9.53 million for the first time from the national government for more intensive promotion and development of dive tourism. . .

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The WTA also hailed Intramuros Manila as this year’s top tourist attraction in Asia, beating out other competitors such as Cambodia’s Angkor temples; Indonesian Borobudur temple complexes; Ha Long Bay of Vietnam; the Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum of Kagoshima in Japan; Taj Mahal from India, teamLab SuperNature from Macau, Great Wall, The Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors, all in China; Japan’s Tokyo Imperial Palace; and Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak.

“We are ready to receive them in the Philippines. We look forward to your visit and invite each one of you to visit our beaches, dive sites and tourist destinations,” added Secretary Frasco.

Leading Dive Destination in Asia 2022
Leading Dive Destination in Asia 2022

Secretary Frasco emphasized the importance of the WTA accolades, saying: “Let this recognition remind us that we all have a shared responsibility towards the success of the tourism industry, not only in our country but in Asia and the world. We remain committed to providing the Filipino brand of hospitality and promoting the Filipino brand to the world.”

Established in 1993, the London-based WTA recognizes excellence in the travel and tourism industry at three levels: national, regional and world awards in different categories and is named the “Oscar” of the travel industry. trips.

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