Los Angeles, Taipei has won a 2018 Leisure Lifestyle Award hosted by Global Traveler magazine as the "best leisure destination in Asia," according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles.
This is the first time Taipei has topped the annual survey in the magazine -- the only monthly publication for business and leisure luxury travelers, TECO said in a press release on Wednesday.
Taipei finished first in the "Best Leisure Destination in Asia" category, beating the Thai island of Phuket into second place and Singapore into third.
Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong came in fourth to sixth, followed by Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Osaka and Bali.
Winners in each category will be announced by the magazine at a reception held at Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills later Thursday, TECO said.
Global Traveler readers, board members and experienced staff made nominations in each category. From these, Global Traveler's Advisory Board selected the winners. The Advisory Board is comprised of well-traveled executives from a broad range of industries.
According to statistics provided by U.S. tourism authorities, the number of U.S. citizens traveling to Asia grew 9 percent from 2015 to 2016, with 522,000 visiting Taiwan.
In 2016, Taiwan tied with South Korea in seventh spot as a favorite Asian destination for U.S. travelers, but finished behind Hong Kong with 548,000 visitors and Thailand with 561,000.
Brad Shih (???), director of the Los Angeles office of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, said that Taiwan has an image as being an industry-based country among Americans, adding that his office has spared no effort in promoting Taiwan as a travel destination.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is usually the first place visited by foreign visitors who come to the country, and is rich in cultural, technological, gastronomical and natural resources, Shih said.
Visitors can enjoy Taipei from morning till night and discover a different side to Taiwan, he added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel