The Philippines has been hailed as the world’s leading diving site while Intramuros was adjudged as the world’s top tourist attraction this year by the 2020 World Travel Awards on Friday.
In emerging as the world’s top diving site, the Philippines bested eight other destinations namely: the Azores Islands; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Cayman Islands; Fiji; Galapagos Islands; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Maldives and Mexico.
Meanwhile, Intramuros bested 15 other tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal in India, the United States’ Grand Canyon National Park and the Great Wall of China, among others, as this year’s top tourist attraction.
Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was grateful for the twin developments.
“We are incredibly grateful for the recognitions given to the Philippines’ magnificent dive sites and the beautifully-restored heritage site of Intramuros at the 27th World Travel Awards,” she said.
“We will continue to promote sustainable, inclusive, and world-class tourism, especially now as we slowly reopen our attractions to more domestic tourists,” she added. SOVEREIGNPH