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22 October 2008 :: 22:10:43 pm 24813

Bangkok, Chiang Mai Ranked Asia’s best cities by leading U.S. travel magazine

Bangkok, Thailand, 20 October, 2008 Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been rated as the Best Cities of Asia 2008 from American readers of Condé Nast Traveler, an US leading travel & lifestyle magazine. The readers voted Bangkok as Best City of Asia with an overall score of 82.8%, followed by Chiang Mai (81.2%).
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The award was conferred at the Readers Choice Awards 2008 Ceremony & Gala Dinner held at The New York Public Library, New York City, USA on 15 October 2008. It was accepted on behalf of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry by Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism & Sports.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, which has an audience of 3.1 million and readership of 32,633, were polled on the basis of first-hand experience of their world-wide holidays.

For 20 years, it has conducted an annual readers choice survey to rank best cities, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resort wordwide and honour them with the World’s Best award. Criterion scores for the best cities, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent were averaged to determine the final score-atmosphere/ambience, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping.

Other high-level rankings attained by Thai products services in Readers Choice Awards 2008 included Phuket and Samui, which were respectively ranked 3rd and 6th on the list of Top 10 Islands in Asia. Thai Airways International was ranked 7th on the list of Top 25 airlines.

Contact information:
International Public Relation Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Web site: www.tatnews.org

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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