Bali has been named the world’s best tourist destination by TripAdvisor — the first time the accolade has gone to an Asian destination.
The 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards top 10 were: Bali, Indonesia; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; New York City, United States; Crete, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Prague, Czech Republic; and Phuket, Thailand.
“It is really an honour for us to be chosen as the best in the world this year. I believe this award will strengthen our position as a tourism destination,” said I Gde Pitana, deputy minister for international tourism marketing at the Tourism Ministry.
He said the award would also boost efforts to attract 20 million foreign tourists to the tiny island by 2019. Besides Bali’s achievement, nearby Lombok was also recognised as one the top 10 destinations in Asia.
For the Philippines, El Nico, Palawan was named at number six in the ‘destinations on the rise’ category, and White Beach in Boracay was named the 24th best beach in the world.
In February we also reported how the Philippines had dominated Conde Nast’s top 20 most beautiful beaches in the world, taking first place (Boracay), second (Palawan) and fifth (Cebu). (Read more here)
Last week, we also announced that Cebu Pacific was offering one-way flights from Sydney to Manila for only $110 in a bid “to give Bali a run for its money.” The offer ended on Sunday.” (Details here)
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