“We are pleased to have received this bit of good news, especially after our industry had been hit hard by the global health pandemic,” said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
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DOT welcomes Philippines inclusion in Forbes’ Rising Stars in Travel
Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the recent inclusion of the Philippines in Forbes.com’s Rising Stars in Travel, saying international recognition will help the country’s tourism industry get back on its feet.

According to Forbes, the Philippines was recently cited among countries that have potential to become a major tourist destination in a post-COVID-19 world due to its many offerings to tourists.

“We are pleased to have received this bit of good news, especially after our industry had been hit hard by the global health pandemic,” said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

“International recognition, especially by a well-respected publication like Forbes, in this post-COVID-19 world will go a long way in helping the Philippine tourism industry get back on its feet,” she added.

With the Philippines in the list are Ethiopia, Iran, Myanmar, Georgia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Forbes contributor Jared Ranahan said these countries possess the qualities needed to become world-class destinations, as they have “pristine natural beauty, historic ruins and fascinating cultural experiences can be encountered in abundance.”

“With roughly 7,500 islands to choose from, this massive archipelago has something to offer for even the most finicky of tourists,” Ranahan said, referring to the Philippines.

Ranahan cited Manila and Quezon City as two popular destinations for a deep immersion into mainstream Filipino culture.

“Those planning to lounge on the sandy shores should head to the Visayas, the country’s central archipelago, where island destinations like Palawan and Boracay offer some of the nation’s finest white sand beaches, as well as countless opportunities to spot some of the endemic plant and animal species of the Philippines,”  Ranahan said.

Last April, editors of Travel+Leisure magazine also chose the Philippines as among the places they want to visit after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My friends and I originally had plans to visit the Philippines and Vietnam in May, but those plans, like so many others this year, have since been thwarted. I’ve traveled all over East Asia and Southeast Asia, but these two countries I’ve yet to check off my bucket list – and from what I hear, I’ve saved two of the best for last,” Travel+Leisure editorial producer Karen Chen said.

“It’s incredibly unfortunate that Asians have experienced racism around the world just because the first outbreaks of the virus occurred in Asia. In the end, it’s a global pandemic that has affected us all,” she added.

Among the things Chen looks forward to are visiting a tropical beach and going to packed street food stalls and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, eating insanely good food elbow to elbow with strangers.

“I can’t wait to get a chance to go back and spend some tourism dollars in this incredibly vibrant, culturally rich part of the world,” Chen said.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) earlier released the “Wake Up In PH” promotional video targeted at retaining the interest for the Philippines in the foreign market.

“Beyond the Philippines’ breathtaking beaches, you can discover a wide range of exhilarating adventures, relaxing getaways and diverse cultures that can sate the wanderlust you must be feeling right now,” the DOT said.

“But until we can travel again, stay at home, dream and #WakeUpInPH by planning your next dream vacation to our tropical nation: philippines.travel/wakeupinph,” it added.

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