Bangkok Is the World’s Best Tourism Destination, Says the Travel + Leisure Poll


08.10.2013_3According to a survey conducted by the Travel + Leisure magazine, a publication of the American Express Publishing Corporation, Bangkok has been voted as the BestCity in the World in 2013. To round off the top ten list, Northern Thailand’s largest city Chiang Mai has been voted as the tenth best.

Incidentally Thailand is the only country in the world that has two cities in the top ten list, a real achievement, no doubt.

In the Asian cities category, Bangkok has topped the list and Chiang Mai has been positioned at the 3rd place.

08.10.2013_2The voting process saw Bangkok win a whopping 90.4 score beating challenges from such all-time favourites as Paris, London and New York. To its credit Chiang Mai scored 88.15.

For Bangkok it has been raining awards and recognitions as this is the third major award that the city has won this year.

In its list of the 20 Global Destination Cities Index for 2013, MasterCard has put Bangkok as the favourite in terms of total number of international visitation. It is a rare achievement for Bangkok, as this is the first time, since the rating system was first started in 2010, that an Asian city has topped the chart.

TripAdvisor, on the other hand, has placed Bangkok at the top of its Travellers’ Choice Asia destinations list of 25 cities while Chiang Mai was placed at the sixth place.

But it is not only that Bangkok and Chiang Mai have done great on the Travel+ Leisure awards 2013. Other Thai destinations, hotels and spas have also done well.

Ko Samui has been ranked 9th on the list of the World’s Best Islands, where as Phuket has been ranked 15th on the list. In the category of the Asian Islands, Ko Samui has been ranked 4th and Phuket 5th.

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni mentioned on the occasion that these recent accolades and acknowledgements by the international travelling community has been the result of a tireless effort by the public and the private sectors and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for the last decade to completely ‘reinvent’ Bangkok and take advantage of its rich natural heritage and the immense tourism opportunities that abound in the city.

08.10.2013_1Travellers who have been to Bangkok, express the feeling that the city is truly cosmopolitan with an unique combination of the old and the new, a result of the country’s history of being a free nation while remaining open for any outside positive influences.

Mr. Svetasreni also mentioned that they are happy to see Chiang Mai, Samui and Phuket also doing well in the international market, thanks to extensive efforts done in improving the tourism products.

All the awards and acknowledgements will help the tourism sector to further improve their products and services, while introducing stringent quality control while the market enters a new phase in expansion and development.

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