MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has been named the “most outstanding destination” in the Asia-Pacific region by the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG), the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.
DOT said the Philippines was awarded Destination of the Year at the 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2014 held in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday.
The country was honored for its proactive steps and initiatives in boosting the travel industry.
Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez received the award at the Awarding Ceremony and Gala Dinner held at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center in Thailand.
“We would like to thank TTG for the invaluable support extended to our organization in our marketing and information dissemination efforts. As a trusted travel trade publication, it has been a formidable partner throughout these years in bringing the Philippines closer to our markets,” Jimenez said.
“This award belongs to all Filipinos. It is the Filipino people that have ensured the acceptance of It’s More Fun in the Philippines as a true and accurate description of the participative and active role every Filipino plays in ensuring a successful and enjoyable visit to the Philippines,” he added.
The DOT is preparing for the Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015, which aims to bring in tourists to the country in line with its promise of a “more fun” experience.
The TTG Travel Awards is the most coveted and influential award-giving body in the region’s travel industry and has been recognizing the exemplary travel organizations since 1989.
The TTG event honors organizations and individuals in the categories of Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement, and Travel Hall of Fame. The winners are chosen by the TTG editorial team.