In the 30th annual World Travel Awards (WTA), Cebu has been nominated as Asia’s Top Wedding Destination. Cebu is competing with Ko Samui, Thailand; Bali, Indonesia; and Langkawi, Malaysia for the category of leading wedding destination in Asia. On another note, The island of Cebu became Asia’s Top Tourism Destination in 2022.
Another Philippine nominee, Intramuros is once again competing for the top tourist attraction prize. The Philippines are also contending for the title of Asia’s leading dive destination, a title it has held for four consecutive years, from 2019 to 2022. At the 2023 WTA, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is also nominated as Asia’s leading tourism board.
Tourism Minister Christina Frasco has invited everyone to support the country’s travel momentum by voting for Cebu and the other Philippine contenders in different categories. Secretary Frasco also confirmed that the Philippines are once again in the hunt for Asia’s leading beach destination at the 2023 WTA. The nation won the same category in the 2022 WTA hosted in Vietnam in September last year.
“We are extremely elated upon receiving the news of these nominations at the landmark 30th anniversary of the World Travel Awards (WTA). These recurring nominations clearly manifest the growing global travel demand in the Philippines, one that we aim to sustain in the coming days through the initiatives we have laid out for the tourism industry’s recovery and transformation post-pandemic,” Frasco said.
Voting for the various categories of the 2023 WTA (including Asia) began on February 20, 2023, and will conclude at midnight on March 19, 2023. Travel professionals, the media, and tourist customers are eligible to vote.
“I ask my fellow Filipinos as well as our foreign friends to show some affection and maintain the Philippines’ tourism momentum. Register and vote immediately,” Frasco said.
[Source: Philippine DOT Press Release]