True enough, it is indeed more fun in the Philippines as the country bagged the Destination of the Year in the 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards held last October 2 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center in Thailand.
The award is given by TTG Asia which is a travel trade publication that gauges industry professionals among its readership. The “Destination of the Year” category falls under the Outstanding Achievement Awards category, where winners are adjudged by TTG’s editorial team.
Tourism Sec. Ramon Jimenez who accepted the award before Asia’s tourism professionals during the awarding ceremony and gala dinner said the recognition came perfectly on time as the Tourism department is about to launch the Visit the Philippines Year 2015 campaign.
According to reports, the Philippines was chosen as the most outstanding destination because it distinguished itself with proactive and innovative steps towards the all-out promotion of the travel industry.
Jimenez said the country commends the TTG as it acknowledges the invaluable support extended particularly in 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,” Sec. Jimenez disclosed.
The Tourism czar also stated that the award belongs to all Filipinos because it is the people who have ensured the acceptance of It’s More Fun in the Philippines as a true and accurate description of the participative and active role that each and everyone plays to ensure a successful and enjoyable visit or stay in the Philippines.
“Again, the determination of the Filipino people, coupled with the support of our President, Benigno S. Aquino III, is our inspiration to build a brighter tourism future for the Philippines – an industry that is more profitable and more inclusive,” he cited.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) also said that aside from the Visit the Philippines Year 2015, two major activities are on deck to include the Papal Visit in January and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings and Leaders’ Summit.