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S’pore is 3rd best “big city” in the world: US luxury travel magazine

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Zhangxin Zheng | October 16, 11:52 am

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Conde Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in the United States.

Over the past three decades, they have been running a survey, Readers’ Choice Awards survey, to understand their readers’ travel preferences.

The 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey this year concluded with 600,000 registered voters indicating their favourite airlines, cruises, hotels, resorts, and cities.

Their choices were captured through online voting and reactions were monitored on an hourly basis between April 2019 to July 2019.

The company also tracked voting patterns and had invalidated votes that were recognised as spam by individual IP addresses.

Singapore ranks third-best big city

Singapore came third in the Best Big Cities category.

Some of the reasons for the lofty ranking included the direct 19-hour flight from New York to Singapore.

On top of the presence of direct flights, Singapore was also lauded for its growing contemporary art scene and commitment to start-ups and innovation.

Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove was mentioned as one of the attractions that’s exemplary of Singapore’s innovation.

Other attractions that drew American tourists to Singapore include 1,000 types of gin at Atlas bar, the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands, as well as our hawker culture.

The two international big cities ranked ahead of Singapore are Tokyo and Kyoto, both in Japan.

Here are the top 10 big cities as listed by Conde Nast Traveler:

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Kyoto, Japan
3. Singapore
4. Vienna, Austria
5. Osaka, Japan
6. Copenhagen, Denmark
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. Barcelona, Spain
9. Taipei, Taiwan
10. Sydney, Australia

Read all the other rankings here.

Top photo via Unsplash

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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