Body names PH as ‘world’s leading tourism destination’

Tourism Secretary Cristina Garcia Frasco / Department of Tourism.

Tourism Secretary Cristina Garcia Frasco / Department of Tourism.

The Philippines continues to gain worldwide recognition as a preferred tourist destination.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Cristina Garcia Frasco announced on Thursday, December 1, 2022, that the Philippines has been selected as the World’s Leading Country Tourism Destination at the Uzakrota Global Travel Awards 2022 by Turkish travel organization Uzakrota.

The Philippines received 721 votes, winning by a wide margin over the other nominated countries.

Malaysia came second with 523 votes, while the Dominican Republic came third with 459 votes.

Frasco said this is the second win for the Philippines at the Uzacrota Global Travel Awards, the first time it won the same recognition in 2020.

The latest feat comes after the country received citations for its tourist destinations from various travel agencies and United States-based online travel guides.

“International acclaim for the Philippines continues to grow, as does the role of tourism as an engine of economic growth in the Philippines under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whose priority has brought much optimism and hope to the tourism sector. . These awards reflect the global traveling public’s confidence and enthusiasm for our country, and it is the more visitors to our shores. That translates to more tourists, which represents our arrivals of over two million so far,” Secretary Frasco said in a statement.

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After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus disease pandemic, the Philippines reopened its doors to foreign tourists on February 10, 2022.

According to the DOT, the Philippines also “received 13 recognitions in Scuba Diving’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards in US-based Scuba Diving magazine across all available categories, including top honors for shore diving.”

The country ranked second in the Macro Life, Cavern / Cave and Grotto Diving, Beginners, Photography and Best Value categories; third in wreck diving, snorkeling and health of marine environment; fourth in wall diving and advanced; fifth in best overall; and ninth in the group of Big Animals belonging to the Pacific and Indian Ocean group.

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The Philippines was recently named the World’s Leading Dive Destination 2022 by the World Travel Awards.

Cebu, Frasco’s home province, also secured the 19th slot among the 50 best places to travel in 2023 by US-based online travel guide Travel Lemming. Travel Lemming describes Cebu as “perfect for all types of tourists” and “allows you to immerse yourself in both thrilling experiences and waterfront relaxation.”

Another top tourist destination in the Philippines, Palawan, was named by US-based travel guide Fodor as one of the 40 destinations on its Go List for 2023. Fodor calls Palawan “the very definition of eco-luxury” and “one of the most magical islands in the Philippines where underwater worlds meet lush jungles.

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Billed as a global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in travel and tourism, voting for the Ujakrota Travel Awards 2022 took place from October 3 to 28, with the awards presented on November 29.

A total of 201,967 votes were cast worldwide and awards were distributed across 45 categories, including World’s Leading Travel App ( with 950 votes), World’s Leading Travel Brand (Emirates Airline with 886 votes) and World’s Leading Digital Airways (Qatar). with 884 votes).

The world’s leading city tourism destination is Istanbul, Turkey (853 votes), followed by Dubai, UAE (682) and London, UK (515).

The world’s leading meetings & conference destination is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (803 votes), followed by Istanbul, Turkey (753), and London, UK (507). (with PR)


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