Manila was named the “World’s Leading City Destination” for the first time ever at the World Travel Awards 2023.
The awards: Known as the Oscars of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards Ceremony took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 1. At the event, the Philippines secured four major global recognitions, including retaining its 2022 titles as the World’s Leading Dive Destination and Beach Destination.
The first time ever: But for the first time, Manila won the leading city destination and the nation received the Global Tourism Resilience Award, recognizing its “global leadership, pioneering vision and innovation to overcome critical challenges and adversity,” according to The Manila Times.
The Philippines is reportedly one of only five countries and destinations in the world cited for the inaugural award. According to the World Travel Awards, the winners will serve as benchmarks for implementing best practices in tourism resilience.
Additional global winners from the Philippines for this year include Amanpulo, honored as the World’s Leading Dive Resort, and City of Dreams Manila, recognized as the World’s Leading Fully Integrated Resort. In September, the Philippines, along with various resorts and hotels, also reportedly received top honors in the Asia category of the 2023 World Travel Awards.
Celebrating the achievements: The achievements were celebrated by Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, who highlighted the contributions of tourism to the country’s economy.
“These accolades are as much a source of Filipino pride as they are a testament to the enormous contribution of tourism to the Philippine economy and global standing,” Frasco said.
The Manila Public Information Office also congratulated the city of Manila in a Facebook post.
About the awards: Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards is an organization based in London that recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of travel, tourism and hospitality industries on national, regional and global scales.