New York-based Travel +Leisure (T+L) magazine ranked Cebu sixth on its list of the 10 world’s best islands with a score of 88.65.
Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale was elated upon hearing this latest tourism feat of the Province of Cebu.
“I’m very happy with the reports. It’s an incentive for us officials to really do our best to protect the environment and at the same time develop our tourist destinations here in Cebu,” Magpale said.
Last year, Magpale said the Province allocated P16 million in financial assistance for the development of tourist sites in the rural areas.
These include the Aguinid falls in Samboan, Batawang river crossing in Tabuelan, and river canyons in Alegria, among others.
She also said the province has conducted a series of seminars in the rural areas to help tourism representatives in formulating marketing strategies and plans for community development.
According to the Philippine News Agency, one reader of T+L described Cebu as “perfect for travelers who don’t want to spend a lot of money on recreational activities” and guaranteed that tourists would experience no dull moment if they visit Cebu.
Readers of T+L magazine were asked in an annual survey to rate destinations all over the world according to their activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness and overall value.
T+L writer Melanie Lieberman cited canyoneering in Badian, swimming with whale sharks in Oslob, and diving from the top of a waterfall as among the many activities visitors can indulge themselves in Cebu.
“We may not have beaches like those in Palawan but we have canyoneering. We will continue to develop our tourist destinations and aim to become no.1,” Magpale said.
Aside from Cebu, Palawan and Boracay, both known for their pristine beaches and swanky resorts made it to the list.
Palawan received the highest mark from readers with 93.71 while Boracay ranked second with a score of 90.47. Kelvin Cañizares