Saturday, 9 July 2011

Bangkok named World’s Best City 2011 by leading travel magazine

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BANGKOK, July 9 -- Travel + Leisure Magazine has released its 2011 “World’s Best” list, with Bangkok voted as the top city in the world in the annual poll voted on by the American luxury travel magazine's readers, according to Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

Ranked top in both the World and Asia, scoring 90.49, Bangkok retains its number one ranking in the world for a second consecutive year after it was voted to Best City in 2008 and 2010.

In voting to choose the World's Best City, respondents were asked to rate sights, culture and the arts, restaurants and food, people, shopping, and value.

The results of Travel + Leisure’s 16th annual World’s Best Awards survey revealing readers’ favourite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, and tour operators and safari outfitters.

Rounding out the top 10 on the "World's Best City" list are Florence, Rome, New York City, Istanbul, Cape Town, Siem Reap (Cambodia), Sydney, Barcelona and Paris.

In addition, the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok was voted the number one of Top City Hotel Award, The Peninsula was voted number four, and the Shangri-La number 19.

The top winners in each category will be honored at an awards ceremony on July 14 hosted by Editor in Chief Nancy Novogrod and VP/Publisher Jean-Paul Kyrillos at the new Mr C Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Gov Sukhumbhand will travel to New York to receive the award himself.

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