Boracay among 'rising star' destinations

Posted at 04/18/13 3:52 PM

Boracay island

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ Boracay island can add another feather to its cap as it has been recognized as one of the world’s “rising star” destinations by a travel recommendation site.

Gogobot recently announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Favorite Awards, which is based on survey responses and nominations from its community of around 2.5 million registered users.

While the Philippines did not made it to Gogobot’s “Top Destinations” list, Boracay was included in the “Top 15 Rising Star Destinations,” ranking seventh.

Gogobot described the places included in this category as "destinations poised to take off or ripe for rediscovery."

“Boracay island, in the center of the Philippine archipelago, is a white-sanded island that rivals the best Pacific beaches. White Beach offers all the Caribbean delights from lounging on a beach chair to diving and snorkeling, and Bulabog beach is closer to wind and kite-surfing opportunities. With plenty of bakeries and international restaurants, Boracay deserves a more prominent place on the list of island paradises,” the website read.

Topping the “Top 15 Rising Star Destinations” list is Moscow in Russia, followed by San Antonio in Texas and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

San Francisco, California topped Gogobot’s “Top Destinations” list this year, followed by London, United Kingdom; and Paris, France.

Several travel magazines and websites have praised Boracay for being one of the best beach destinations in the world today. But an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal lamented how the island has suffered from overdevelopment.

Makati Shang in ‘Top Hotels Worldwide’ list

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ Makati Shangri-La hotel ranked 13th in Gogobot’s “Top Hotels Worldwide” list for 2013, which was topped by The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. It is the only Philippine-based hotel in the list.

In Asia, Makati Shangri-La ranked third, with The Peninsula Hong Kong and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in India in first and second place, respectively.