The international tourist magazine Travel and Leisure has voted Palawan anew as the “best island in the world” for 2017, making the province the top global destination for the second year in a row.
“For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place as the best island in the world, thanks to its hidden lagoons, teeming ocean life, and rustic-luxe resorts,” the magazine’s official Website stated.
The magazine’s readers, who selected the top 10 island destinations during the annual survey, gave Palawan the highest score of 93.15. Boracay, which had topped the annual readers’ survey in previous years, was ranked third this year, with a score of 89.6
The magazine said their survey had asked its global readers to vote for their choice based on their experiences of having visited the island candidates.
Palawan had previously been named “best island” and “readers choice” in similar voting campaigns done by Conde Nast Travel Magazine and National Geographic Traveler.
Palawan was voted Conde Nast Traveler’s top island in 2014 and 2015, and ranked second to Boracay in the magazine’s annual survey in 2016. The National Geographic Traveler adjudged Palawan as its “best island” in 2013.
Provincial Information Officer Atty. Gil Acosta Jr. welcomed the recognition, stating it will help boost the local tourism industry despite recent travel advisories and risk warnings issued by foreign embassies in the face of terrorism threats in the country.
Acosta also said the provincial government is bent on completing its infrastructure projects to improve the support facilities needed to attract more tourists.
“Dapat ma-maintain natin ang rurok na ito ng pagiging most beautiful island. Kaya nga dapat, matutukan natin ang mga infrastructure projects na may kinalaman sa tourism,” he said.