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Tabuk City Earns Esteemed 2024 ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award

Tabuk City secures esteemed 2024 ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award, showcasing its commitment to environmental excellence and tourism standards.

Witness Tabuk's triumph in environmental management, cleanliness, and tourism infrastructure, securing the prestigious ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award. Photo: Michael Saclag Pay-ong

In a notable achievement for Tabuk City, it has proudly clinched the esteemed 2024 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award. The city's recognition stems from its unwavering commitment to meeting and exceeding the rigorous standards set by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standards.

A Triumph for Tabuk

The recent announcement, conveyed through a letter from Director Virgilio M. Maguigad of the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation to Mayor Darwin C. Estran֮ero, marks a significant milestone for the local government. The accolade is poised to add another feather to Mayor Estran֮ero's cap, affirming his administration's dedication to elevating the city to greater heights.

The Rigorous Criteria

Tabuk City's attainment of the award is no small feat, considering the stringent criteria employed in the selection process. The evaluation encompassed various crucial aspects, including environmental management, cleanliness, waste management, awareness building regarding environmental protection, green spaces, health safety, urban safety and security, and the overall quality of tourism infrastructure and facilities.

The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard

The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) serves as a pivotal tool in the quest for excellence in tourism across member countries. The standard not only enhances the quality of tourism offerings but also contributes significantly to the well-being of local residents. In light of the rapid development of tourism in Southeast Asia, this award solidifies Tabuk's standing as a premier destination on the global tourism map.

Mayor Estran֮ero's Acknowledgment

Mayor Darwin C. Estran֮ero expressed his gratitude for the collective efforts of various tourism stakeholders in contributing to the city's tourism success. He sees the award as a beacon that will guide Tabuk in aggressively promoting itself as a must-see destination for both foreign and domestic tourists.

A Motivation for Progress

Estran֮ero highlighted the award as a source of inspiration and motivation for all stakeholders involved in the city's tourism sector. The mayor emphasized the need to build upon existing programs, projects, and activities, envisioning a future where Tabuk's tourism industry reaches new heights. The overarching goal remains to spur economic growth, enhance livelihoods, and simultaneously preserve and protect the environment.


As Tabuk City gears up for the awarding ceremony scheduled at the Mecong River Hotel in Lau later this month, the resonance of this accomplishment is clear. The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award not only acknowledges past achievements but propels Tabuk toward a future characterized by sustainable tourism practices, economic prosperity, and heightened global recognition. This accolade is not just a celebration of success but a call to action for continuous improvement, ensuring Tabuk remains a shining example of responsible tourism in the ASEAN region.

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