With its serene shores, hidden lagoons, and sprawling mountains, Palawan has been named as the best island in the world by world-renowned travel publication Travel +Lifestyle, making the island as a four-time winner of the said award.
According to Travel + Leisure writer Sara Clemence, the World’s Best Awards survey was conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey closed on March 2, just before the widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented. Hence, she said, the result reflects the readers’ experiences before the ongoing global health crisis. “The landscape and scenery are just gorgeous. It offers the most beautiful beaches, resorts, and scenery anywhere,” Clemence shared.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat acknowledged the achievement saying “It’s wonderful to see that our rehabilitation and sustainable development efforts last year, especially in El Nido and Coron, were well-received by tourists everywhere,”
Earlier this year, Forbes magazine ranked the Philippines among the seven countries that have the potential to become a major tourist destination in a post-COVID world. Last month, the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) also cited the “Hidden Beach” in El Nido, Palawan, as one of the 30 Best Beaches in the World.
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