World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) president Julia Simpson (left), Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (middle), and WTTC Chairman Arnold Donald (right), during the kick off of the 21st WTTC annual Global Summit held at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City on Wednesday (April 20, 2022). PNA photo by Joey O. Razon

Boracay, El Nido top choice of WTTC delegates for post-event tours

Boracay and El Nido were the top choice post-event destinations of delegates to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Manila held April 20 to 22. 

Tours to the two Philippine destinations were fully booked by WTTC delegates, consistent to the recognition received by Boracay and El Nido from many international travel publications and online tourism sites. 

The Department of Tourism (DOT) just cited Boracay for over-tourism during the Holy Week holidays. 

Other options for the WTTC delegates were a day tour to Quezon for a culinary experience; a culinary, art, and eco-day tour to the Rizal province; a culture and heritage tour to Bataan; an investment tour to the Clark Freeport zone and Tarlac; a nature and adventure trip to Davao; a health and wellness tour in Tagaytay and Batangas; and a trip to the Ilocos region. Most of the post-event trips lasted four days and three nights. 

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat emphasized to foreign markets that the Philippines has the “easiest” inbound travel regulations. The country reopened on February 10 to fully vaccinated travelers from visa-free countries, and on April 1 for those who need visas to come here. 

Puyat said, “We are proud to say that our entry requirements are delivered in a simple format, without the need for facility-based quarantine primarily for fully vaccinated visitors. Tourists are allowed to travel to all reopened tourist destinations in the country as long as they comply with the requirements from the local government units with jurisdiction over these areas.” 

Over 500 foreign participants in addition to local tourism stakeholders attended the Global Summit at the Manila Marriot Hotel, a hybrid event that attracted some 4,500 participants worldwide.

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