Published by Yahoo! Philippines – October 18, 2017
A Conde Nast Traveler survey that asked some of the world’s most affluent and worldly globetrotters to name their favorite cities has crowned Tokyo the world’s best city of 2017.
While some cities can leave their visitors disheartened, deceived and heavy with disappointment, others leave their visitors inspired and exhilarated — consistently.
In the 2017 edition of CN Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, the city that never disappoints is Tokyo, where neon-lit skyscrapers co-exist with temples, shrines and ancient forests.
With more Michelin stars than any other destination in the world, Tokyo is also a food lover’s paradise.
Just ask Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” who has circumnavigated the globe over the years and has repeatedly cited Tokyo as one of his all-time favorite cities.
It’s been a banner week for the Japanese capital, as an Economist report from their Intelligence Unit likewise named Tokyo the world’s safest city for 2017.
Meanwhile, after Tokyo, Vienna, Austria and Kyoto, Japan round out the CN Traveler podium.
Overall, the list of best cities in the world is dominated by Europe, which take up six of the top 10 spots.
While the US is conspicuously absent, Vancouver is the highest-ranked North America at No. 8.
More than 300,000 readers cast their votes in categories like the best hotels, resorts, cruise lines, islands and airlines.
Here are some of the winners:
Top Island in the World: Boracay, Philippines
Best Cities in the World
1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Kyoto, Japan
4. Barcelona, Spain
5. Paris, France
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Madrid, Spain
8. Vancouver, B.C., Canada
9. Rome, Italy
10. Munich, Germany
Top Large and Small US Cities: Chicago for the first time ever and Charleston, S.C., for the seventh year in a row
Top Hotel in the US: Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Top Hotel in Europe: La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa
Top Hotel in South America: Fasano, Sao Paulo
Top Airline in the World: Air New Zealand
Top U.S. Airline: Virgin America
Top Airport in the World: Singapore (SIN)
Top Large Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
Top Midsize Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Top Small Cruise Line: Seabourn Cruise Line
Top River Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises