Bangkok wins Best Leisure City Award for fifth time

Readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific have once again named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure City in the Asia-Pacific’. This award pushes Thailand’s capital city to retain its crown for the fifth consecutive year. Bangkok has won this award since 2015.

This also marks a record 10th time Bangkok has won this award since 2008. Each year, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific confers the awards based on votes cast by its readers and subscribers.

Mr Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “We are touched that Bangkok remains top-of-mind with business travellers even with the current travel restrictions. Above all, we look forward to welcoming them back soon.”

Why Bangkok remains popular?

Bangkok’s rich diversity remains a significant draw, showcased via its unique blend of New World experiences and Old World charms. And it is not just about mouth-watering Thai street food, though that remains a key attraction. Bangkok now boasts multiple Michelin starred restaurants served by modern transportation infrastructure. This includes a new Blue Line underground train extension to historic Rattanakosin Island. Rattanakosin Island is where the grandeur of its amazing past remains on full display. The standard or popular name for Rattanakosin Island is  Rattanakosin or Old Town. It is home to the ornate Grand Palace. A sprawling temple complex called Wat Pho is also located there. Wat Pho is well known for its giant reclining Buddha.

Between April and June 2020, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific sent out a voting poll to subscribers with the results independently compiled by market research company Business Intelligence.

Although there was not much travelling this year as in the past, readers still voted for their favourite airlines, hotels, and airports for 2020. Visitor arrivals have dropped significantly for all nations in Southeast Asia. However, Thailand has managed to retain the top spot of most visitor arrivals in 2020 within the ASEAN region according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Bangkok also remains the most visited city in Thailand in 2020.

For more news on the award, visit the link here.

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