CEBU has secured a nomination as Asia’s Leading Wedding Destination to the 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA).
Cebu will be competing against fellow nominees in the category, namely Bali in Indonesia, Ko Samui in Thailand and Langkawi in Malaysia.
Bali took home Asia’s Leading Wedding Destination in 2020 and 2019.
The WTA is one of the prestigious and comprehensive global recognition bodies that aims to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.”
Cebu has been a favored wedding destination since the past because of its pristine beaches and other natural jewels.
Besides Cebu, the Philippines was also nominated for two awards under the 2021 WTA Asia Edition, namely: Asia’s Leading Beach Destination and Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. On the other hand, the Department of Tourism was shortlisted as Asia’s Leading Tourist Board.
“In addition to our efforts to expand the source markets for the Philippines and prepare for the eventual relaxation of our travel restrictions, we also put equal importance in maintaining the country’s image as a top-of-mind destination among international travelers through the help of notable industry platforms such as the WTA,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, in a statement.
The 2021 WTA online voting period for Asia runs from March 30 to Aug. 16, 2021, and is open to the public and travel industry stakeholders via the WTA portal https://www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees/2021/asia.
Online users may simply register for an account on the WTA portal using a valid e-mail address. After an email verification, registrants will be able to cast their votes. Additionally, users who are members of the travel industry have the option to apply for an upgraded WTA account by providing additional details such as company name and association number upon registration and fulfilling the minimum requirement of 10 votes.
“On behalf of the DOT, I am enjoining the support of our industry stakeholders, and Filipino and foreign travelers to support the Philippines in the 2021 WTA. By casting our votes, we can show that the Philippine tourism industry is alive and even more determined to bounce back, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Puyat said.
Votes by regular users count as one, while votes cast by travel industry voters count as two.
The Philippines took home several awards last year such as World’s Leading Dive Destination, Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, Asia’s Leading Dive Destination and Asia’s Leading Tourist Board. (KOC)