THE Philippines was given recognition after it was listed as the 8th Favorite Country in the World by the readers of a New York-based luxury and travel magazine -- the Condé Nast Traveler (CNT).
“Gaining yet another prestigious recognition as the 8th Favorite Country in the World speaks well of concerted efforts of the Philippine tourism industry stakeholders in nurturing the many natural wonders the country is blessed with,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
Puyat thanked the CNT readers after the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,641 magnificent islands, ranked among the 20 Most Favorite Countries in the World of the CNT Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.
The Philippines scored 90.63 from the 600,000 readers of the luxury and travel magazine.
The three islands of the Philippines made a splash in the CNT’s list with Boracay, topping the Top Island Destination in Asia category, along with Cebu and Visayas Islands, and Palawan placing second and fourth, respectively.
“All these accolades that the country and our other island destinations continue to receive bode well for the country’s sustainable tourism development program as continuity is the very essence of sustainability,” Puyat said.
During a ceremony held at the One World Trade Center in New York City, DOT Attaché in New York Francisco M. Lardizabal received the awards on behalf of the Philippines.