There’s something to be more proud about the Philippines — the Philippines continues its consistent rise in the tourism world, ranked as No. 8 in the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for 2015. “Could this be the Philippines’ breakthrough year?”, Lonely Planet asks. It added: “With more than 7100 islands (compare that to Thailand, with a paltry 1430), the Philippines has one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, fringed by dive-static coral reefs, sprinkled with sunbathe-ready white sand, backed by swaying palm trees and dotted with simple resorts of nipa-palm thatched huts, like Thailand used to be when the Beach Boys were still top of the charts.” First in the list is Singapore, followed by Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo and Serbia.
Another survey, the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015, ranks the Philippines 74th out of 141 countries. The Philippines ranked 82nd in 2013. The survey, done every two yeras, measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country.” The Top 10 most tourism-ready countries are, in descending order: Spain, France, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan, and Canada.
We have more to improve, of course, but we have to start somewhere, and, so far, we love what we’re seeing. So, what are you waiting for? Go visit the Philippines. Tell the world what’s beautiful about Pinas. VisitPinas!