Baguio, Ilagan named ASEAN clean tourist cities for 2022

January 21, 2022 - 12:30 PM
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This Sept. 2, 2020 photo shows residents visiting Burnham Park during its reopening. CEPMO Assistant Department Head Rhenan Diwas via (Baguio Public Information Office / Facebook)

The cities of Baguio, the country’s summer capital and Ilagan, Isabela were recently awarded for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations clean cities for 2022.

Aside from these, several Philippine hotels and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibition) venues also earned recognition at the 2022 ASEAN Tourism Standards Awards.

Here’s a rundown of the awardees:

Best in ASEAN Green Hotel Award for 2022
  • Nobu Hotel
  • Nuwa Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Conrad Manila
Top five ASEAN MICE Venue Award for meeting room category
  • Conrad Manila’s Forbes Ballroom
  • Quest Plus Conference Center Clark’s Magellan Ballroom
  • Baguio Country Club’s William Cameron Forbes Ballroom
  • Astoria Palawan’s Mangrove Conference Convention Center
  • Widus  (Clark Marriott Hotel) Marriott Grand Ballroom.
MICE Venue awardees exhibition venue category
  • The World Trade Center in Metro Manila
  • Cordillera Convention hall in Baguio City

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat last Tuesday said recognition of these cities and hotels is a “reflection of the commitment of the industry to maintain the highest standards of tourism despite the pandemic.”

Likewise, she said this shows the country’s strong commitment to uphold the best tourism standards. The Philippines has been positioning the country to become a destination of MICE.

In April this year, the country is set to host World Travel & Tourism Council’s  21st Global Summit.

The event was moved to April 20 to 22, 2022, a month after its original date.

“The current health crisis is a bane of the industry. Nevertheless, local tourism offices and our stakeholders aren’t backing down from this. By collaborating to help find solutions, they have proven that they can adapt despite the current limitations on their operations,” Puyat said.