Myanmar has placed first in a recent readers poll of top emerging destinations conducted by British travel magazine announced the winner’s of its annual travel awards in London earlier this month, with Myanmar recording a 97 percent satisfaction rating among those who visited and voted in the awards.
Wanderlust noted that in the past six months Myanmar “has gone from being the world’s most controversial travel destination to, potentially, its most exciting”.
“It’s a moving and hopeful sign to see (Myanmar) top the emerging destination poll, editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said in a statement. “(Myanmar) is a fragile destination that needs to be treated with care but it is wonderful to see travelers returning and supporting the country. It’s definitely top of my travel plans this year.”
The magazine has a circulation of more than 3000 and Dr Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Myanmar Marketing Committee, said the prize would help the country “attract more tourists, especially from the UK and other European contries”.
“I am proud that our country was recognized by Wanderlust,” Dr Aung Myat Kyaw told The Myanmar Times last week. “I believe it will have a positive impact on the tourism industry.”
Iran placed second in the top emerging destinations category, follwed by Bhutan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Ghana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malawi, Belize and Libya.
Namibia was adjudged the top country, Changi International Airport in Singapore the top worldwide airport, luang Prabang in Laos the top city and Singapore Airlines took out top airline.