Malaysia was recognized as the most charming Asian island destination by China’s New Voyage Magazine at its annual awards ceremony held in Beijing on 15 January 2013. The win is seen as a boost to Malaysia’s tourism plans for 2013 as it prepares to receive tourists this year, designated as a promotion year for the Visit Malaysia Year campaign in 2014. Malaysia’s many islands and beaches have long been a favourite destination for many. Langkawi is known for its natural attractions such as forests and 500 million-year-old rock formations which earned it the status of World Geopark by UNESCO in 2007. Penang island, meanwhile, is a melting pot of cultures, beautiful architecture, rich history and delicious food, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pangkor Laut Island is known for its truly luxurious “one island, one resort” concept. The east coast of Malaysia also boasts of jewels such as Perhentian, Redang, Gemia and Sibu islands. Equally captivating are the islands and beaches in Sabah and Sarawak, with Sipadan Island leading the pack for the world-class diving experience it offers. Mabul and Mataking islands are also gaining popularity as diving destinations in Sabah, while the five islands within Tunku Abdul Ramman Marine Park offer visitors an island experience close to the city. Nominations for the New Voyage Magazine awards for Best Outbound Travel Destinations were received throughout 2012 for voting by its readers, media, travelers and tourism industry players. Besides Malaysia, AirAsia also emerged the top winner for favourite airline.
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