Singapore tops Lonely Planet’s 2015 travel list

Singapore tops Lonely Planet’s 2015 travel list
A tourist poses for a photo in front of the Merlion, a mascot of Singapore, and the financial district skyline in Singapore. Photo: Reuters
Published: 11:23 AM, October 21, 2014
Updated: 12:30 PM, October 21, 2014
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SINGAPORE — Lonely Planet has named Singapore as the “world’s number-one country” to visit next year in its Best in Travel 2015 travel guide.

The magazine cited the Republic celebrating her Golden Jubilee in 2015 as one of the key reasons for picking Singapore for their top spot, alongside the food and emerging local fashion scene. Singapore is one of two Asian countries in the list, with the Philippines making it to 8th spot.

“We reached out to our community of travellers (for suggestions) and each country is scored on topicality, unique experiences and the ‘wow’ factor by our panel of experts, which include our founder Tony Wheeler,” said Chris Zeiher, Lonely Planet Asia Pacific sales and marketing director, who presented the award to Singapore Tourism Board (STB) today (Oct 21) at Potatohead Folk.

“This accolade bears testament to the wide variety of high-quality experiences that Singapore offers, and will serve as motivation for us to continue delivering innovative concepts that can further elevate the Singapore experience,” said Ms Lynette Pang, STB's assistant chief executive, who received the award.

The travel publication published its guide today with recommendations from a panel of travel experts.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to visit in 2015

1. Singapore

2. Namibia

3. Lithuania

4. Nicaragua

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