By Analou de Vera
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has vowed to further improve its services and regain the top spot in the list of the world’s best islands after Palawan slid down from the ranking by an international travel magazine.
Palawan and Cebu made it to the list in the Travel+Leisure magazine poll of 15 Best Islands in the World for 2018. Palawan ranked 6th while Cebu was placed in the 8th spot.
The island of Palawan was voted number 1 in 2013, 2016, and 2017. Meanwhile, the country’s “Queen City of the South” made its comeback in the magazine’s annual list after its 6th ranking back in 2016.
“It will be a challenge for us to regain the top spot next year. These rankings are votes from the public. We take it upon ourselves to further improve our services not just in Palawan but across the archipelago,” said Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Meanwhile, despite its on-going rehabilitation, the Boracay island placed 8th in the Asian islands ranking.
Puyat said that they welcome the results of the poll.
“We are pleased with the results of this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Even Boracay, which is taking its beauty rest still ranked among the best in Asia,” said Puyat.
In its article in 2017, the Travel+Leisure said Palawan draws travelers around the world due to its “unspoiled, sugar-white beaches and world-class scuba diving,” with one reader hailing it as ” the “single most beautiful place on Earth.”
The magazine conducts its ‘World’s Best Awards Survey’ annually, wherein its readers share their travel experiences and opinions. “Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value,” it said.
Meanwhile, three islands in Indonesia – Java, Bali, and Lombok – topped the magazine’s island ranking respectively.