On a prestigious awarding ceremony for Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards hailed at New York City on July 18, the province of Palawan was recognized as the Overall Top Island and Top Island in Asia for 2013 by top US travel magazine, Travel + Leisure.
This recognition has solidified the strong presence of Philippine attractions in the tourism industry of Asia. Palawan is widely known as home to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the new natural wonders of the world.
Other wonderful destinations Palawan bested were Maui, Hawaii; Santorini, Greece; Prince Edward Island, Canada; Bali, Indonesia; Kauai, Hawaii; Sicily, Italy; Koh Samui, Thailand; and Galapagos Island, Ecuador.
Further placing Philippine tourism in spotlight is the fact that Palawan isn’t the only local attraction recognized in the award ceremony. World-renowned Boracay Island has come in second for both categories. It was first place for the Top Island Award last year.
Another award was given to Discovery Shores in Boracay Island as the Top Hotel Spa in Asia and Top Family Hotel in Asia.
Travel + Leisure Magazine has been an authority for world tourism destinations for a long time now. Being included in its list of top places, and topping it, is certainly one big thing for the Philippines. It is a good gauge to measure the competitiveness of the local attractions – something which Palawan and Boracay Island have long proven strong.
Palawan is majorly known for its pristine nature which takes every traveler by awe. Aside from the PPUR, El Nido is another splendid attraction. Snorkeling and swimming are the top two activities there. As for Boracay Island, it is known for its white sand beaches and wonderful nightlife. It has been a favorite spot for many tourists who are looking for an interesting tropical experience.