PH among best tourist destinations: China survey

Posted at 01/14/13 11:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines was among the recipients of the "Best Tourist Destinations" awards at the 2012 Oriental Morning Post's annual World Travel-Special Trips Awards.

Consul General Charles Jose (center) with Tourism Attache Gerard Panga (right), and Niel Ballesteros (left). Photo courtesy of the DFA website

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a press statement that the award was based on a consumer survey done by the Oriental Morning Post, one of the top news dailies in Shanghai.

Aside from the Philippines, the other winning countries in the category were Ireland, Korea, Singapore, Finland, and Dubai.

Consul General Charles Jose accepted the award for the Philippines during the ceremony held on January 9 at the Twelve At Hengshan.

The Consul General was accompanied by Tourism Attache Gerard Panga and Niel Ballesteros of the Philippine Tourism Office in Shanghai.

The DFA said the award supports the consumers' renewed confidence in the Philippines, which remains to be a popular and sought-after destination among Chinese tourists.

Several local airlines in the Philippines expanded its flights to China to cater to the growing number of Chinese tourists traveling to the country.

Zest Air, Airphil Express and Cebu Pacific reactivated its Shanghai-Kalibo charters.

Other chartered flights will be opened in time for the Chinese New Year holidays covering several routes: Beijing-Kalibo (Jan. 15); Hangzhou-Kalibo (Jan. 17); Guangzhou-Cebu (Jan.17); Chengdu-Kalibo (Feb. 5); and Shanghai-Cebu (Feb. 8).