India voted the favouriste country to visit in the world
London, Sept.5 (ANI): India has been voted the most favourite country in the world in the annual Cond� Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards that were announced on September 3 at the Claridge's here.
The Conde Nast Traveller, a major travel magazine, during its 10th annual awards that honour the most popular destinations at home and around the world.
The 2007 Cond� Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards honour the best in the world: hotels, airlines, islands, tour operators, spas, cruise lines, cities, countries. In the UK, London has been voted the best city for its restaurants, nightlife and entertainment.
India scored above 89 in all ten criteria, with its best features being culture (scoring 97.17 out of 100), value for money (94.78) and variety of attractions (96.30). The country's popularity ensures a spot in The World's Top 100 list too where it sits at number 4.
Last year's favourite country, Italy, is still hugely popular, voted as having the best food and climate in the world.
Said Sarah Miller, editor of Conde Nast Traveller: "I'm delighted that India scored so well in our Readers' Travel Awards. To achieve the accolade of our discerning readers' favourite country in the world is fantastic.
"As it celebrates 60 years of independence - a real achievement - it shows India's moment has come. The world's largest democracy is living up to the dreams of 1947."
The top five destination countries are: India, Italy, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand scored highly for scenery and Italy has the best food and climate in the world while Thailand was singled out for its friendliness.
The Maldives was once again the readers' No. 1 island while Sydney was adjudged the favourite overseas city.
Overall, in the UK, Durham was singled out as the favourite city for its user-friendliness, value for money and being the cleanest city.
The awards, based on votes by over 30,000 readers, included London, which was voted the best city in the UK for its restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. However, the capital was marked down on cleanliness, value for money and safety. (ANI)
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