KUALA LUMPUR (NST) – Kuala Lumpur has been voted as one of the seven most magnificent cities in the world.
The other six were La Paz (Bolivia), Havana (Cuba), Beirut (Lebanon), Doha (Qatar), Vigan (Philippines) and Durban (South Africa). From a list of 1,200 nominees from 220 countries, the list was narrowed down to 28 through a qualification and selection process.
The top 28 cities went through three phases of worldwide voting until seven cities were chosen. The seven cities were picked based on votes via the Internet, smartphone apps, international telephone voting lines and text messaging.
“We congratulate each of these cities on achieving their New7Wonders status and we look forward to celebrating their election with their citizens next year,” said New7Wonders founder-president Bernard Weber after announcing the results at the New7Wonders voting centre in Dubai.
Launched two years ago, New7Wonders Cities is the third global vote and follows the New7Wonders of the World and New7Wonders of Nature campaigns.
Established in 2001, the foundation seeks to contribute to the protection of the world’s man-made and natural heritage.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s reputation as a golfing haven is further enhanced when it won “Asia’s Best Golf Destination Award” at the World Golf Awards at the Conrad Algarve Hotel in Portugal on Nov 15.
The recently opened The Els Club Teluk Datai, designed by golfing legend Ernie Els, within the 10-million-year-old rainforests of Langkawi, won the Best New Golf Course in Asia and Best New Golf Course in the World awards.
The World Golf Awards are aimed at celebrating and rewarding excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations.
The awards were part of the World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 21st anniversary as the “Oscars of the travel industry”.
The worldwide voting process for this year began on June 20 and closed on Oct 2, and votes were submitted by professionals working in the golf travel and tourism industry, and media professionals from 130 countries.
Votes were also cast by the public (golf tourism consumers) and submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.
Malaysia Golf Tourism Association (MGTA) which has been playing a key role in extensively promoting and marketing Malaysia as a golfing destination to international tourists is thrilled and proud with these achievements.
MGTA president Ng Eu Shen expressed pride over the achievements and felt happy over the awards won by local golf industry players, as winners were active MGTA members.
“We would not have been able to achieve this without the continuous support by Tourism Malaysia in promoting Malaysia as a golfing destination.
“These awards are a recognition of Malaysia’s excellent development in the golf industry, its top-notch services and facilities, and cooperation from the private sector,” he said.