Good news, Malaysians! Our country was named as the leading Asian destination at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia over the weekend :)
According to Astro Awani, Malaysia won against other popular holiday places such as Macau, Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea for the title. Besides that, AirAsia also bagged “Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline” award at the ceremony.
The awards, which was held at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam, is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global tourism industry.
Award winners are voted upon by major players in travel and tourism including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents as well as the general public. The winners of the regional awards will go on to qualify for the World Travel Awards grand finale on 2nd December Maldives.
Other major winners include Philippines (Asia’s leading beach destination), Hong Kong (Leading city break destination), and Queenstown in New Zealand, which won the leading destination for the Australasia category.
It wasn’t too long ago that Lonely Planet picked Ipoh in Perak as one of “Top 10 Places To Visit In Asia”, ranking the city #6 on the list, after Hokkaido in Japan, Shanghai in China, Jeonju in South Korea, Con Dao Islands in Vietnam, and Hong Kong.