NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- In what has come as a surprise to many in the US travel and tourism trade, Malaysia was voted the world's best tourism destination for 2006 by a prestigious US travel magazine.
This was the result of a poll conducted by Global Traveler magazine, a monthly published in Pennsylvania.
The publication describes itself as a business travel magazine that "takes into account the sophisticated lifestyle interests of today's executive travelers". The magazine claims to have a paid circulation of 60,055.
The extensive poll, the third such annual survey conducted by Global Traveler magazine amongst its readers between Feb 1, 2006 and Aug 31, 2006, addressed open-ended questions for the best in 42 categories.
A total of 13,653 completed questionnaires were received by the magazine from its readers.
The questionnaires, stretching to a total of six pages, were made available as an insert in the subscriber copies of the magazine and online at the Global Traveler magazine's website.
A spokesperson of FXExpress, which publishes the magazine, told Bernama that only those questions where more than 50 per cent of the questions werecompleted were counted; those answering fewer than 50 per cent were rejected.
Responses were also screened to ensure that there was no duplication. Members of the travel industry and employees of FXExpress publications were not allowed to participate.
Survey respondents spent a mean number of 61 nights last year on international business trips and 76 nights on domestic business trips.
They took an average of 18 international flights and 21 domestic flights per person during that period. Of all respondents, 76 per cent were male and 24 per cent were female, and average age was 45.
An elated Azizan Noordin, director (advertising) at the Tourism Malaysia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, arrived here to receive the award which was given at the Jumeira Essex House in New York in the presence of a large gathering of airline representatives, tour and travel operators, tourism consultants and the media.
"Naturally, Tourism Malaysia is proud to receive the award which also confirms that our pre-publicity for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 had been a success," he said in an interview with Bernama.
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