The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 7, 107 islands. Located in the South-eastern border of Asia, it is surrounded by the Luzon Strait on the north, the South China Sea on the west, the Celebes Sea on the south and the Philippine Sea on the east.
Tourism contributes largely to the economy of the country. Considered as one of the megadiverse countries in the globe, PH is rich with tropical rainforests, mountains, beaches, and coral reefs to name a few. As the years progress, the number of foreign tourists arriving here gradually increases from a 2.8 million figure in 2006 to 4.2 million in 2012. Needless to say, the countless attractions from the white sand beach in Boracay to the renowned Makati City Hotels play a huge role in boosting the tourist arrivals.
Below are some of the reasons why foreigners love it here. See how the Philippines is emerging as a tourism magnet to the people from across the globe.
- Beaches and Resorts. From the fine powdery sands to the clear and cool blue waters, the country provides numerous fantastic destinations to those who want to bask in the tropical sun. Some of the top locations include Boracay in Aklan which is touted as the “finest beach in the world”, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, Camiguin which is commonly referred to as the country’s “Garden of Eden” for its majestic waterfalls both in hot and cold springs, El Nido Palawan which has also been called the island of gods (heaven on earth) and Siargo in Surigao del Norte.
- Diving Spots. Did you know that the country is Asia’s dive capital? It has the highest density of coral species in the world. Famous diving spots could be found at Anilao, Puerto Galera, and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reef. Others worth noting include Coron in Palawan, Verde Island in Mindoro Oriental, Apo Reef National Park in Mindoro Occidental and Malapascua and Moalboal/Pescador Islands in Cebu.
- World-class hotels. Cited as one of the Top 20 in Southeast Asia by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice (USA) in 2010-2012, Top 25 under Business Category by SmartTravelAsia in 2008-2012 and having been given a certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2013, Makati Shangri-La, Manila is just one of the hotels in Makati City that received multiple awards by several international award-giving bodies. InterContinental Manila in Makati is 2012 TTG Travel’s Best City Hotel. On the other hand, Pan Pacific in Manila in Malate won as PH’s leading business hotel in 2013 by World Travel Awards.