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The Philippines offers the ultimate getaway for holiday hoarders

Recent statistics released by Roy Morgan Research has revealed Australian paid workers have a staggering 134 million days of unused annual leave owing to them.  Of this, more than a third or 33.9% have four or more weeks’ worth of accrued annual leave, 25.8% have between two and four weeks and 23.4% have less than two weeks’ due.  Situated only eight hours flight time from the east coast of Australia, the Philippines offers the ultimate getaway and the perfect destination to offload well-earned holiday entitlements, by relaxing on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, exploring a UNESCO listed heritage site or award winning island.  


As a key gateway into Southeast Asia, the Philippines is now among the fastest growing economies in the region and with more than 7,500 islands, it offers travellers an array of incredible once in a lifetime experiences, unforgettable travel highlights, not to mention award winning beaches and destinations.  Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand, said,


“The Philippines is the perfect getaway for Australia’s paid workforce to spend the 133,737,000 days’ worth of annual leave accrued between them, according to the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research, that’s an average of almost 16 days each!  With its vast array of tropical islands, far flung beaches, festivals, abundance of wildlife, world renowned dive sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a wide range of accommodation options, from backpacking to luxurious five star resorts, it’s the perfect destination for a holiday hoarder.”


“Australians work hard all year, so it’s worth keeping in mind that some of the most beautiful islands in the world are so closely situated in the Philippines - only a short eight hours from the east coast of Australia.  Travellers from Australia are becoming more and more aware of the stunning beauty and diversity these incredible islands have to offer, including Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Bohol, just to name a few.  The Philippines is an incredible destination that provides the perfect holiday setting for anyone who loves adventure, travel and has a passion for discovering unexplored locations.  We have something for everyone, from some of the best dive sites in the world, to incredible surfing and we can certainly assist any holiday hoarders.  The increased connectivity with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Qantas, all operating between Australia and the Philippines, means it has never been easier to visit.”


“Our lush, tropical backdrops, iconic sunsets and array of postcard perfect beaches, make the Philippines one of the most exotic holiday destinations available to Australians.  While well established, it is still relatively undiscovered and unknown and gives the perception of being of the beaten track, despite its accessibility.  Offering unparalleled value, there’s been no better time to get to know our tropical archipelago, world-renowned for its abundance of beauty, wildlife and bio-diversity.”


Bohol, Boracay, Cebu and Palawan showcase the diversity and just a few highlights that the Philippines’ 7,500 islands have to offer travellers.


Bohol: Bohol is covered with beautiful scenery from end to end, including 1,776 hills, and then some.  Spend the afternoon lounging on a pristine white sandy beach, after a morning viewing the Chocolate Hills. 


Boracay: Asia’s 24/7 island, Boracay offers blue water, white sand, and some of the most iconic sunsets, all within one of the world’s best party paradises.


Cebu: Cebu offers the ultimate island experience. Catch the legendary sardine run and pick up a handcrafted guitar.


Palawan: Philippines’ Palawan Island, which was officially named the ‘Best Island in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015**, is the gem in the crown of 7,500 islands.  Teeming with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Palawan is one of the Philippines’ most sparsely populated regions and is part of a group of islands that stretches 650km from Mindoro in the northeast, to Borneo in the southwest.


To plan your holiday of for more information visit Tourism Philippines at


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Published: 3 October 2016

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