The Philippines was recently named by Forbes.com as one of the “Rising Stars in Travel,” citing its potential as a major tourist destination in a post-pandemic world.

Travel writer Jared Ranahan said in an article published in the American business and financial news publication that the Philippines is to watch out for after COVID-19 with its world-class destinations to boot. 

Prefacing his article, Ranahan said these countries all possess the qualities needed to become world-class destinations, as they have “pristine natural beauty, historic ruins, and fascinating cultural experiences can be encountered in abundance.” 

Philippine destinations
Philippine destinations

The list also includes Ethiopia, Iran, Myanmar, Georgia, Slovenia, and Tunisia.

Tourism to get back on its feet post-COVID

Meanwhile, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomed the recognition and said that this is a push for the country’s tourism to rise again following its major setback due to the pandemic.

“We are pleased to have received this bit of good news, especially after our industry had been hit hard by the global health pandemic,” she said. “International recognition, especially by a well-respected publication like Forbes, in this post-COVID-19 world will go a long way in helping the Philippine tourism industry get back on its feet.”

Forbes.com also underscored the country’s myriad of travel experiences across its archipelago which can attract more of the international tourism market.

It praised the exciting mainstream cultural scene of Metro Manila, and also put the spotlight on popular beach destinations such as Palawan and Boracay. To entice environmentally conscious travelers, the article also praised the rich diversity of the country’s flora and fauna. 

“With the public’s health and safety in mind, we are preparing our tourism sites in areas now under the Modified General Community Quarantine for their gradual reopening for domestic tourism,” Secretary Puyat added.

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