Malaysia Beats Out Singapore And South Korea To Become Asia’s Top Travel Destination

Local carrier AirAsia also took home an award!

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Malaysia has been crowned as Asia's leading destination at the prestigious World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia

Hosted by the InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam on 15 October, the event was attended by 200 hospitality leaders from across the regions.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

Singapore, Macau, Thailand, and South Korea were nominated in the same category but Malaysia came out on top

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Award winners are voted upon by major players in travel and tourism including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents as well as the general public.

Local budget airline AirAsia took home the Asia's leading low-cost airline award

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Chinese carrier Hainan took the coveted title of Asia's leading airline, while Air New Zealand took home the same title for Australasia.

For the Australasia region, the Queenstown town of New Zealand nabbed the title for leading destination

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The winners of the regional awards will go on to qualify for the World Travel Awards grand finale, which takes place 2 December in the Maldives.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

Be proud, fellow Malaysians!

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Awhile back, Lonely Planet listed this beautiful Malaysian town as one of the best destinations in Asia!

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