The Philippines is nominated for two awards—Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and Asia’s Leading Dive Destination

The 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA) has shortlisted the Philippines and the Department of Tourism (DOT) for multiple awards under the Asia category.

The World Travel Awards is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive global recognition bodies that aims to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.”

The Philippines is nominated for two awards—Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and Asia’s Leading Dive Destination.  On the other hand, the DOT is shortlisted as Asia’s Leading Tourist Board. At the same time, Cebu is listed as one of the nominees under Asia’s Leading Wedding Destination category. 

The Walled City of Intramuros , which won the 2020 Leading Tourist Attraction citation for both the World and Asia categories of the WTA in 2020, is automatically nominated for the same award this year. 

The DOT welcomes the news and encourages everyone to support the Philippines by voting online. 

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the DOT puts equal importance in maintaining the image of the country as top-of-mind destination among international travelers along with its efforts to expand source markets and prepare for the eventual relaxation of travel restrictions in the country.

The 2021 WTA online voting period for Asia is from March 30 to August 16, 2021, and is open to the public and travel industry stakeholders. 

Online users may register for an account on the WTA portal using a valid e-mail address. After an e-mail verification, registrants will be able to cast their votes. Additionally, users who are members of the travel industry have the option to apply for an upgraded WTA account by providing additional details such as company name and association number upon registration and fulfilling the minimum requirement of ten votes. 

“On behalf of the DOT, I am enjoining the support of our industry stakeholders, and Filipino and foreign travelers to support the Philippines in the 2021 WTA. By casting our votes, we can show that the Philippine tourism industry is alive and even more determined to bounce back, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Puyat encouraged. 

Votes by regular users count as one, while votes cast by travel industry voters count as two. Visit the WTA portal here: