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List of the best tourist resorts of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for 2021

With the promotion of tourism among local communities, which is bearing fruit, a local suburb received the award for best tourist resort from the United Nations.

The mouth of the river Bojo in the open sea

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat expressed admiration for the latest developments, acknowledging the “remarkable work” of the Bojo local community through the Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association or BAETAS and the strong support of the Aloguinsan municipality.

List of the best tourist resorts of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for 2021:

Bekhovo, Russian FederationBkassine, LebanonBojo, PhilippinesCaspalá, ArgentinaCastelo Rodrigo, PortugalCuetzalan del Progreso, MexicoCumeada, PortugalGruyères, SwitzerlandBatu Puteh, MalaysiaKaunertal, AustriaLe Morne, MauritiusLekunberri, SpainMalí, JapanRanie Cyprus Pika, Chile Poshampali, India Puerto Williams, Chile Radovlica, Slovenia Riyal Alma’a, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Testus Alto, Brazil Saas-Fee, Switzerland San Cosme and Damia, Damian Morocco Sol? Ava, Slovenia Soufli, Hellenic Republic, Vila Island, Turkey, Turkish Republic, Taracle Korea Valposkiavo, Switzerland Wonchi, Ethiopia Xidi, China Yukun, China

“The local destination, which was introduced in the UNWTO’s Best Resorts Program during its pilot year, is a testament to the Philippines’ commitment to sustainable tourism development from the national level to local people,” Puyat said.

“The wealth of our natural resources and unparalleled hospitality remain our key strengths as we strive to reopen the industry to international travelers anchored in safe and sustainable tourism,” she added.

The Deputy Executive Secretary for Tourism, Verna Buensuceso, and the Ambassador of the Philippines to Spain, Philip Jones Luiler, received the award in Madrid on Thursday (Thursday) on behalf of the Philippines.

The UNWTO pilot initiative honored 44 villages from 32 countries that stood out with their natural and cultural resources, as well as their innovative and transformative actions and commitment to tourism development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.

Similarly, the program was launched to increase the role of tourism as a tool for rural development – in order to assess and protect rural villages, together with related landscapes and knowledge systems, among others.

Bojo is known for its river, hills, underwater natural resources, mangrove forests, birds and responsible locals with the eco-cultural tour of the Bojo River as a major tourist activity managed by BAETAS.

BAETAS provides an eco-cultural tour of the river with lectures on the ecology of mangroves, birds and wildlife – the profits of which are shared between the local government, the municipal fund, the barangay fund, as well as the salaries and payments of its suppliers.

The mentioned tour was ranked by Green Destinations among the 100 best global sustainable destinations in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Besides, Brgy. Tenani in Samar province has been selected to participate in the UNWTO’s Best Resorts Development Program – receiving support from the Organization to improve elements of areas identified as gaps in the evaluation process.