According to the DOT, the bid is timed with the celebration of the quincentennial of the world’s first circumnavigation in 1521, which was completed when the Spanish expedition arrived in Cebu.
The UNWTO Commission on Asia and the Pacific and the Commission on South Asia (CSA) supported the country's bid to host the UNWTO confab in 2021, said the DOT.
The Tourism chief recently led the Philippine delegation to Bhutan for the 31st UNWTO and Related Meetings, which includes the UNWTO Regional Conference on Sustainable Development through Tourism.
Bhutan's initiatives on Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Asia highlighted the conference theme, wherein most speakers talked about their respective programs on GNH.
The DOT, as a member of the panel, shared its intent to review current policies and put a premium on sustainable development as part of the tourism indicators.
Meanwhile, during the 57th Meeting of the UNWTO CAP, the Philippines was also elected as a member of both the Committees on Tourism and Sustainability and on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account.
The DOT said the membership to these committees provides the Philippines an opportunity not only to sit among other UNWTO Member states but to share its experiences in promoting sustainable tourism development.
At the three-day conference, the DOT also hosted a dinner at the Taj Tashi Hotel, highlighted by the presence of Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.