Special Report: Bangkok receives World’s Best City Award 2012
BANGKOK: — Bangkok has for the third time in as many years been named the World’s Best City 2012 by the globally renowned travel magazine Travel & Leisure.
Based on the Travel & Leisure’s annual survey conducted on its readers’ opinions regarding the best travel destinations in the world, Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra announced that the the Thai capital of Bangkok was ranked first on the list and was granted the World’s Best Award 2012. This is the third year in a row that Bangkok has received the prestigious award.
Travel & Leisure is one of the most famous travel magazines in the US, boasting at least 30,000 readerships from around the world. Factors taken into account by respondents in the survey included location, scenery, art and culture, food, shopping, hospitality and cost-worthiness.
The Governor traveled to New York to receive the award on behalf of Bangkok on July 19th. According to him, the award is the pride of Bangkokians. He added that, besides beautiful scenery, the capital has its unique features such as lifestyle, culture, tradition and various choices of food.
MR Sukhumbhand further elaborated that the award shows that Thais have been good hosts for foreigners, adding that Thai hospitality, honesty, and friendly gestures with the tourists also help claim the award for the third consecutive year.
He asked all Thais to help preserve the city as a lively place and extend a warm welcome to tourists so that Bangkok will continue to receive the World’s Best City award for years to come.
For other awards, New York City holds on to its title for the 12th year in a row as the Best City in the U.S. and Canada, and ranks No. 7 among top cities overall. Boracay in the Philippines is voted World’s Best Island. Singapore Airlines is the World’s best international airlines.