A recent article by Gilbert Mingoy
The Philippines has been named among the “40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World” by the popular travel site Conde Nast Traveler (CNTraveler), released in June 2022 and based on the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report’s Natural Resources section and the personal picks of CNTraveler editors.
Writer Caitlin Morton writes: “There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, and they easily number among the most beautiful in the world. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan encompasses mangrove forests, one of the world’s most impressive cave systems, and an underground river. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island consist of an estimated 1,776 grass-covered domes that are mysteriously uniform in shape. The rice terraces of both Banaue and the Philippine Cordilleras provide panoramic views of every shade of green imaginable.”
Philippine travel spots like Siargao, Palawan, Boracay, and Cebu are among the top island destination choices.
With this recognition, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wanted the Department of Tourism to be a major contribution to the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism is considered among the hardest hit sector of the Philippine economy at the height of the pandemic. The Department of Tourism’s newly designated chief, Christina Franco, would listen to the challenges faced by the regional offices and stakeholders across the country and push shared tourism governance to spur the tourism industry’s recovery.
Franco also assessed the possibility of developing more air and sea ports and additional routes to create more convenient connections for domestic and, mostly, international visitors.