Philippines secures double World Travel Awards for Top Dive, Top Beach Destinations

Philippines World Travel Awards
The Philippines was given two recognitions as the leading dive and beach destination for the first time in the 29th WTA. Photos from the Department of Tourism-Philippines.

The Philippines secured double World Travel Awards (WTA) this year, including its 4th straight WTA as Top Leading Dive Destination – a title it first won in 2019 in the annual awards to celebrate excellence in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.

The archipelagic country of 7,641 islands also won its first WTA for World’s Leading Beach Destination during the 2022 edition of the annual awards held during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Muscat, Oman.

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Philippine tourism continued its winning streak as the top dive spot in the world, improving on its 3-peat win last year and besting 10 finalists and previous winners including the 4-peat winner, Maldives (2018, 2017, 2016, 2006), and 5-time winner, Cayman Islands (2014, 2012, 2005, 2004, 2000).

The Southeast Asian nation also bested 18 other top beach spots including previous winners The Algarve in Portugal (2021, 2020), Maldives (2019, 2016, 2015), Jamaica (2018), Galapagos Islands in Ecuador (2017), and Turks & Caicos Islands (2014, 2012).

Before winning this year’s World edition of the annual awards held in November, the Philippines was recognized as Asia’s Leading Dive and Beach Destination – the same regional recognition it received last year.

Palawan province’s exclusive and highly-regarded Amanpulo Island was named the World’s Leading Private Island Resort after being recognized as Asia’s best.

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