GEORGE TOWN: Penang is on CNN’s list of the 22 best destinations to visit in 2022.
He was appointed alongside Antigua and Barbuda; Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau; Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Chile; Colombo; Dijon, France; Disko Bay, Greenland; Gabon National Parks; Jordan; Lahti, Finland; and the Australian Munga-Thirri-Simpson Desert.
Others in the list included Naples, Italy; Ollantaytambo, Peru; Orkney Island, UK; Oslo Beach, South Africa; Saint-Eustache, The Netherlands; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Valencia, Spain; and Yellowstone National Park in the United States.
The article stated that Covid-19 left many culinary travel cravings and that Penang ranks among the best in Asia, offering a wide range of traditional Malaysian, Chinese and Indian dishes.
He also noted that the popular Penang Hill was designated a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in September of last year.
Penang Tourism and Creative Economy Committee Chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who shared the good news on his Facebook page, said Penang started the new year with great news.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang, listed as one of the must-see destinations in 2022 as listed by CNN Travel, will captivate the hearts of visitors.
“Rich in diverse cultures, food, heritage and other key elements that would attract tourists from far and near, Penang, also known as the Pearl of the Orient by many, is proud to have reached the global hub. .
“Experience Penang. Live life to the fullest,” he added.
Last month, Penang came third after Malta and Mallorca in Spain in the list of “15 Best Islands in the World to Retire” by International Living, a website that covers global retirement or relocation opportunities.
Others who made it to the International Living list were Ambergris Caye in Belize, Ireland, Roatan in Honduras, Isla Mujeres in Mexico, Isla Colon in Panama, Bali in Indonesia, Koh Samui in Thailand, Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic, Crete in Greece, Cozumel in Mexico, Caye Caulker in Belize and Phu Quoc in Vietnam.