Philippines named best tropical island
Tropical islands have always proven popular among those seeking out the tried and tested formula of sand and sea, particularly among sun-starved Brits, and the Philippines has this week been named the best of the bunch.
That is according to Chinese daily Shanghai Morning Post, with the success attributed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to an aggressive marketing campaign for the country’s tourist attractions.
“Apart from the aggressive promotion of the ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ campaign … the continuing increase in Chinese arrivals is also attributed to the strategic cooperation with key Chinese travel trade and media partners which resulted in the expansion of air access between the Philippines and China,” the DFA said in a statement.
The Chinese publication is not the only one to highlight the benefits of the Philippines in 2014, with British newspaper the Daily Telegraph ranking it among its top holiday destinations for this year.
Specifically, the paper mentioned “sugary beaches that receive far fewer tourists than they should” and declared the archipelago should be on everyone’s bucket list.
The Philippines are already a popular place for sun worshippers, especially now that they can be accessed directly from Heathrow Airport.
Acclaim from a Chinese newspaper is particularly notable considering the territorial war between the two nations over potentially oil-rich islands in the West Philippine Sea.
The archipelago has also managed to impress travellers in spite of last year’s super typhoon Haiyan (named Yolanda locally) which devastated the land and killed more than 6,000 people.
If you’re feeling particularly inspired by those sugary beaches you can find on the Philippines, book yourself a holiday and find out what the Daily Telegraph and the Shanghai Morning Post are so impressed with.
But be sure to also take out travel insurance for your trip in case of an emergency. You don’t want your holiday to the Philippines to be spoiled.