Saturday, January 27, 2007

Malaysia voted Best Destination for 2006

NEW YORK: Malaysia has been voted the world's best tourism destination for 2006 by a prestigious US travel magazine, ahead of such destinations as Hawaii and Bali.

This is the finding of a poll conducted by Global Traveller Magazine, a monthly travel magazine that has 60,055 subscribers.

The questionnaires, which covered 42 categories, were made available as an insert in the subscriber copies of the magazine and online on its website.

Behind Malaysia in the poll were Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy, Indonesia (Bali), Hawaii, Thailand (Phuket), South Africa, Fiji and Australia.

The poll was conducted from Feb 1 to Aug 31 last year by the publication, which describes itself as a business travel magazine that “takes into account the sophisticated lifestyle interests of today's executive travellers.”

In what is viewed as another “feather in Malaysia's cap,” global financial services company UBS, which has been evaluating the costs incurred by business travellers in a number of cities, has judged Malaysia as the “best bargain” on the planet.

UBS said a business traveller in Kuala Lumpur paid an average of US$260 (RM910) for a hotel room, meals, transportation and entertainment.

In comparison, Tokyo is the most expensive city and will cost the traveller US$1,090 (RM3,816) a day.

Source : STAR
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