Inanunsyo ng international travel magazine na Condé Nast Traveler na kabilang ang White Beach ng Boracay at ang El Nido, Palawan sa listahan ng 25 Best Island Beaches in the World base sa 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards ng nasabing magasin.
Nakamit ng Boracay ang pangalawang pwesto sa nasabing pagkilala, samantalang nasa ikasiyam naman na pwesto ang El Nido.
Ikinatuwa naman ng Department of Tourism (DOT) ang nasabing parangal na iginawad sa dalawang tourist destinations sa bansa.
“We would like to thank the travelers who voted for our destinations. We draw inspiration from this warm reception and a solid vote of confidence from our satisfied patrons. As our destinations gradually reopen with health and safety measures in place, we will continue our conservation and protection efforts in these areas,” saad ni Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Ipinahayag naman ng contributing editor ng Condé Nast Traveler na si Caitlin Morton ang kaniyang paghanga sa gandang taglay ng Boracay.
“Boracay is a screensaver brought to life, with dazzling white sand, so-clear-you-can-see-your-toes water, and a lush jungle backdrop, available to anyone willing to make the journey. The island used to fly under the radar with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world — but the secret’s out. Now the three-mile White Beach, with its grottos and beachside dining (and nightlife), is its busiest swath of sand,” pagbabahagi ni Morton.
Lubos din ang kaniyang naging papuri sa isla ng El Nido, Palawan.
Aniya, “Shockingly, Palawan remains steadily under the radar, even though it continues to rank highly in our Readers’ Choice Awards. El Nido alone is home to around 50 white sand beaches — it’s impossible to choose just one — all of which are set around dramatic limestone formations and have the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison. And the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned.”
Ayon sa DOT, maaaring makabisita sa naturang mga pook-bakasyunan ang mga lokal na turistang mula sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ) at modified GCQ. Gayunpaman, pinaaalalahan silang sumunod sa health at safety protocols na ipinatutupad sa mga ito.
Hinihimok din ng Kagawaran ang mga turista na mag-avail ng subsidized RT-PCR tests, na hatid ng Tourism Promotions Board sa pakikipagtulungan ng University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital at ng Philippine Children’s Medical Center, kung saan maaari silang sumailalim sa COVID-19 tests sa halagang P750 hanggang P900 lamang.
Sa mga nais na makakuha ng nasabing diskwento, maaaring bisitahin ang www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel/. Ito ay kaugnay pa rin sa requirement sa mga turista na makapagpresenta ng negatibong resulta ng RT-PCR test bago sila payagang makapasok sa mga bukas nang pook-pasyalan sa bansa.
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