Just recently, the country was hailed as the 2019 World’s Leading Dive Destination at the World Travel Awards, WTA, Grand Final Gala Ceremony held November 28 in Muscat Oman. The country bested other contenders, namely: Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.
“Dubbed by marine experts and scientists as the heart of marine biodiversity in the world, our country is home to the highest concentration of coral reef life and an astounding variety of marine species. This latest recognition is a validation that the Philippines is truly a premier dive destination,” states Bernadette Romulo – Puyat, Tourism Secretary, in an article by Philippine Star.
Moreover, Palawan’s Amanpulo Resort reigned victorious as it wins World’s Leading Dive Resort.
Dive Tourism is one of the key areas in the National Tourism Development Plan by the Department of Tourism. Dive tourism is concluded crucial in the growth of tourism in the county.
World Travel Awards, established in 1993, acknowledges and rewards excellence across all key sectors of the travel and tourism industries. As of date, the award-giving body is globally recognized as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.