Philippines Is The World’s Leading Beach Destination For The First Time
At the gala ceremony for the 29th annual World TravelAwards, which took place on November 11 in Muscat, Oman, the Philippines is the world’s leading beach destinationfor the year 2022. This marks the very first time that the nation has taken the lead position.
The Philippines came out on top, beating out other nominees such as Jamaica, Greece, Santa Monica, California, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Mexico, Thailand, Maui, Mexico, and Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.
The tropical nation also came out on top as the best place to dive in the world for the fourth year in a row, beating out competitors such as French Polynesia, the Maldives, the Azores Islands, Belize, Fiji, the Galapagos Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
In addition to being awarded the title of World's Leading Beach Destination and World's Leading Dive Destination, the Philippines was named Asia's Leading Beach Destination and Asia's Leading Dive Destination for 2022.
This year, the World Travel Awards also recognized three additional businesses in the Philippines: Ascott Bonifacio, SM Bonifacio Global City, and The Peninsula Manila. Amanpulo was named the World's Leading Dive Resort, and City of Dreams Manila was named the World's Leading Casino Resort.
Global City Manila was named the World's Leading Serviced Apartments. Amanpulo was named the World's Leading Dive Resort. In addition to this, Intramuros has successfully defended its position as the Best Tourist Attractionin Asia.
Both Siargao and Cebu were up for consideration for the titles of "World's Leading Island Destination 2022" and "Asia's Leading Wedding Destination 2022," but the awards ultimately went to the Madeira Islands and Bali, Indonesia, respectively.
The evening marked the end of a historic year for Maldives tourism. Maldives claimed the ultimate honor of 'World's Leading Destination' in its 50th anniversary since first welcoming visitors to its shores, with Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) taking the title of 'World's Leading Tourist Board'.
Vietnam made headlines as well, winning five major awards. Hanoi was named 'World's Leading City Break Destination,' Phu Quoc was named 'World's Leading Nature Island Destination.'
Tam o was named 'World's Leading Town Destination,' Moc Chau was named 'World's Leading Regional Nature Destination,' and Vietnam was named 'World's Leading Heritage Destination.'
Jamaica won a hat-trick of destination category awards, including 'World's Leading Cruise Destination,' 'World's Leading Family Destination,' and 'World's Leading Wedding Destination.'
Saint Lucia was named the 'World's Leading Honeymoon Destination,' Dubai was named the 'World's Leading Business Travel Destination,' Abu Dhabi was named the 'World's Leading Sports Tourism Destination.'
Oman was named the 'World's Leading Nature Destination.' Porto was named 'World's Leading City Destination,' while Batumi was named 'World's Leading Emerging Tourism Destination.'
Sandals Resorts International was named the 'World's Leading All-Inclusive Company' for the third time, while BeachesResorts was named the 'World's Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand.' Sandals Grenada was named the world's leading all-inclusive resort.
Jumeirah Muscat Bay in Oman won the coveted title of 'World's Best New Resort,' while Shangri-La Jeddah in Saudi Arabia won the title of 'World's Best New Hotel.' Palm Jumeirah was named the 'World's Leading Tourism Development Project 2022.'
- Atlantis, The Palm ('World's Leading Landmark Resort, World's Leading Hotel Suite, World's Leading Executive Club Lounge, World's Leading Water Park)
- Burj Al Arab ('World's Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel.')
- Emirates Palace ('World's Leading Luxury Beach Resort')
- Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach ('World's Leading Luxury Resort')
- Sani Resort, Greece (‘World’s Leading Family & Beach Resort’, ‘World’s Leading Cultural Destination Resort’)
- The Ritz - Carlton Aman (‘World’s Leading Luxury Hotel & Spa')
- The Chedi Muscat (‘World's Leading Luxury Beach Resort & Spa’)
- Amanpulo, Philippines (‘World's Leading Dive Resort)
- One & Only (‘World's Leading Hotel Beach Villas’
- Beachfront Villas @ One&Only The Palm, Dubai).
Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Airports said:
Having hosted the 26th edition of this prestigious global event with great success, we were pleased to once again invite major players in the tourism industry to visit the Sultanate of Oman and attend the WTA Grand Final Gala Ceremony.- Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni
He also added:
Hosting this global event falls within the framework of our role in supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism in placing Oman on the map of major global events. We are confident that the presence of the best travel and tourism companies from around the world, and the accompanying media coverage, will reflect positively on these efforts.- Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni
The World Travel Awards are an organization that acknowledges, rewards, and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.
The company makes its selections from among the nominees submitted from the following regions: Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Oceania, and South America. "Recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence" is how the brand has been described.