BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/10 January) — No less than three major international travel magazines and online publications in Europe, Asia and USA have hailed Siargao island in Caraga Region as one of the top island destinations in the world to visit for 2013.
Travel and Leisure Southeast Asia magazine, a prestigious magazine based in Hongkong included Siargao on its list of ” 8 Ultimate Islands” in Asia and the Pacific along with some must-see islands in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and East Timor. The magazine describes Siargao as the place for tourists to hang around for an awesome vacation.
Another travel magazine, the United Kingdom-based Conde Nast traveller, included Siargao in the list of “Top 10 Hot Destinations to Watch in 2013.” While the article generally mentioned the Philippines as the place to go, it particularly mentioned Siargao and Palawan.
Likewise, Siargao has been named as one of the eight best Surf destinations in the world by CNNGo, the travel advisory program/website of the giant global media Cable News Network (CNN). It based its ranking from the list of the world’s 50 best surf spots tallied by Jade Bremmer, an acknowledged world traveler-surfer. Siargao officially joins Hawaii, Bali, Australia and New Zealand as surfing destinations in the Pacific region.
With this direct publicity and positive endorsement from the international travel media, the The Department of Tourism in Caraga Region expects a rise in domestic and foreign arrivals in the island and the region because of this direct publicity and positive endorsement from the international travel media. (Ramon Jorge B. Sarabosing/MindaNews)