By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
The picturesque town of El Nido in Palawan lands in sixth place at TripAdvisor’s list of “Travelers’ Choice Destination on the Rise.”
El Nido, famed for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs, is the only Southeast Asian destination that made it to the worldwide list:
- San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
- Whistler, Canada
- Jericoacoara, Brazil
- Kihei, Hawaii
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- El Nido, Philippines
- Eilat, Israel
- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Jodhpur, India
“We are very happy with the recognition of El Nido as a destination on the rise, especially as this is based on the unbiased reviews and opinions submitted by Trip Advisor users all over the world,” tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said in a statement sent to Manila Bulletin.
Teo proudly said that such recognition only affirms the tourism agency’s efforts and initiatives.
“This is an affirmation of the Department of Tourism’s continuing efforts to enable quality destinations through enabling regulations and standards. The initiatives to enhance tourist experience are reinforced by recognitions like this. We hope to have more of them throughout the Philippines as we work together with the industry in making our destinations the best choices for the travelers,” the DOT chief added.