Vietnam has been honoured with the title of ‘The World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2019’ at the 26th World Travel Awards. By Ritika Dixit

The country of Vietnam recently made its debut as ‘The World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2019’ on November 29 at the World Travel Awards’ ceremony held in Muscat, Oman. The World Travel Awards have been called the ‘travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars’ by the Wall Street Journal. The awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate all elements across the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

Contenders for the title included Brazil, China, Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia. The winners of the awards are chosen according to the votes of the public and the opinions of the travel experts around the world. Vietnam is the home country for eight world heritage sites which are recognised by UNESCO: the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An ancient town and the Complex of Hue Monuments in central Vietnam; and Ha Long Bay, Trang An Landscape Complex, Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the Ho Dynasty Citadel in the northern region. The title aims to reaffirm the efforts of the country to preserve cultural heritage and to boost its status in the realm of global tourism.

2019 has been an extravagant year for the tourism industry of Vietnam with the arrival of 12.9 million international visitors in the first nine months of 2019. The country has also received 20 awards in the World category and 36 awards in Asia category and recognised as Asia’s Leading Destination 2019, Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination 2019 and Asia’s Leading Cultural Destination 2019.

Vietnam also received the title of World’s Best Golf Destination 2019 at the World Golf Awards, where it beat seven other nominees—Argentina, Jamaica, Canada, New Zealand, Oman, Portugal and South Africa—in the race to win the awards’ top prize in debut.

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