Second Best Island in the World award is 'sweet and challenging' for Palawan

October 28, 2015 5:49 am 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Oct. 27 (PNA) — To be chosen for the second time by the US magazine Conde Nast Traveler as 2015 Reader’s Choice Award recipient is both “sweet and challenging” for Palawan province and “requires a lot of dedication not to fail expectations.”

“It is sweet in the feeling and also challenging because, first, the local government and other concerned agencies should work hard more to maintain the award. We need to continuously improve our implementation of policies and regulations regarding the development of Palawan’s tourism industry,” said Maribel Buñi, head of the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO).

Buñi said efforts to further flourish Palawan’s tourism industry should not center on promotion alone, but also in the upgrading of services of other related industries.

“It is beautiful that for the second time we were awarded because investors will take interest on Palawan. Of course, we know that if there are investments, there are also additional jobs for the people,” she added.

She said provincial Governor Jose Alvarez is pleased with the magazine's citation, which served as inspiration to work harder with local governments to ensure that the tourism industry works for everyone’s best interest.

The provincial government is now pondering on the possibility of creating a task force that would further ensure the safety and security of tourists who visit various destinations in Palawan and to also help locate other possible tourism destinations, Buñi said.

Home to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), the picturesque El Nido and Coron towns, Conde Nast Traveler said Palawan bested 19 other popular island destinations in the world.

These includes Bora Bora and Moorea in the French Polynesia that are famous for snorkelers around the world.

The others that made it include Waiheke Island in New Zealand; Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; Santorini in Greece; and Bali, Indonesia.

The survey this year was reportedly joined by 128,000 travelers. (PNA)

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