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Cebu, Visayas proclaimed Best Islands in Asia
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Cebu and the Visayas landed on the top spot in Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Islands in Asia. (FILE)

Cebu proves to be a place which has stayed in the heart and mind of travelers when travel itself began to be out of reach in 2020 in the face of a pandemic.

In an advance hard copy of international travel magazine “Conde Nast Traveler” posted by Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Shalimar Hofer Tamano on his Facebook account today, October 7, Cebu and the Visayas topped in 2020 Readers’ Choice survey for best islands in the Asian Region.

Cebu and the Visayas in the Philippines beat Sri Lanka, Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand, Palawan, Philippines; and Siargao, Philippines.

“Conde Nast Traveler proclaims Cebu & Visayas number one. Congrats!” Tamano said in his post.

Conde Nast Traveler readers ranked the 35 best islands in the world outside the United States of America (USA) in the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards survey, from far-flung stunners in Southeast Asia to volcanic outcrops in the Mediterranean.

For its 33rd annual survey this year, the choices are done by region: Best of Asia, Best of Australia and the South Pacific, Best of the Caribbean and the Atlantic, Best of Europe, Best of North America, and Best of the Rest in the World. 

Cebu and the Visayas have been voted best in Asia with a score of 95.83 percent, Sri Lanka at 95.45%, Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand with 95.30%, Palawan with 95.22% and Siargao at 95.19% as shown by the November 2020 issue of the said magazine citing 600,000 survey respondents worldwide.

Cebu, Boracay and Palawan already took spots in the past Readers’ Choice surveys, but this is the first time that Cebu and the Visayas took the plum.

“Condé Nast” is a global media company that produces some of the world’s leading print, digital, video and social brands. 

These include Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and Architectural Digest (AD), Condé Nast Traveler and La Cucina Italiana, among others.

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine reaches 88 million consumers in print, 427 million in digital and 423 million across social platforms. 

Headquartered in New York and London, Conde Nast operates in 32 markets including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with additional license partners throughout the world.

Founded in 1909 by American publisher Condé Montrose Nast, after his purchase of a weekly society gazette from New York called Vogue, Condé Nast Magazine has since grown to become a benchmark of publishing quality travel content known across the globe. (Eleanor Valeros)