Business Traveller names Bangkok the best leisure city in Asia

If you mix business with pleasure, then Bangkok is the burgh for you. Readers of Business Traveller magazine named the Thai capital the best leisure city in Asia-Pacific for the sixth consecutive year in a global survey.
It was the 11th time since 2008 that Bangkok has captured that leading honor from Business Traveller readers. The “City of Angels” has also been named the world’s most-visited city five times during the past decade by MasterCard. This month, a Conde Nast Traveler survey also ranked Bangkok as the fourth-best city in the world.
Impressively, the capital’s hotels swept the top three spots in Business Traveller’s survey for the best business hotels in Asia and the Pacific. The Mandarin Oriental, regarded as one of the world’s great hotels for decades, came in first, followed by the Shangrila in second and the JW Marriott in third.
The award “reflects the enduring appeal of the Thai capital, and also how the city offers so much that is in line with the Kingdom’s soft-power foundations of Food, Film, Fashion, Festival, Fight, Music, Museum, Master, and Meta. It can all be found in Bangkok,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
THAI Airways International, the Kingdom’s national carrier, also continued its reputational resurgence as readers rated it as the third-best airline in the region after Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
Bangkok was also named third on the ‘Best Business City in Asia’ list. While the capital prides itself on its consistent appeal to global tourists, its high ranking as a business destination attests to the increasing vibrancy of the Thai economy and the evolution of Bangkok’s MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) sector.
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