PH hailed as world’s best diving destination

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Tourist destinations in the Philippines were once again proven to be world-class as they receivee recognition in this year’s 27th World Travel Awards, the Department of Tourism announced Saturday. 

The Philippines was awarded as the “World’s Leading Dive Destination” while Intramuros was declared as the “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction” in the annual awards.

Among the tourist spots the Philippines bested were the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maldives, Fiji and Mexico for the “World’s Leading Dive Destination” award. 

Intramuros also beat other iconic global attractions such as the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Macchu Pichu in Peru, the Great Wall of China and Taj Mahal in India for the “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2020” category.

The award-giving body also recognized the Philippines as Asia’s leading beach and diving destinations. 

Meanwhile, Intramuros this year was also recognized as Asia’s leading tourist attraction, a feat the historic city first achieved in 2016. 

“The Philippines is now recognized as the World’s Leading Dive Destination and Intramuros (Intramuros Administration) now holds the title of the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Show the world #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines by celebrating and sharing these big wins for the country!” the DOT said in a statement.