The Philippines received for the first time the “World’s Leading Dive Destination” Thursday at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Muscat, Oman during the World Travel Awards Grand Final gala.
Over eight other destinations have been nominated for the World’s Leading Dive Destination category and the Philippines won over 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,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo.
At the same time, Palawan’s Amanpulo Resort was awarded the World’s Leading Dive Resort during the gala.
The Philippines’ DOT also won as Asia’s Leading Tourism Board for its efforts to increase tourist arrivals in the country in 2018, the report added.
“Through the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD), we also ensure that diving safety and operating standards in the country are at par with the rest of the world,” Puyat said.
Source: GMA News
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