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Vietnam in contention for leading culinary destination award

Vietnam has won a debut nomination for the leading culinary destination category at the 2019 World Travel Awards.

The nomination reflects the rising popularity of Vietnamese cuisine the world over.

Vietnam will compete for the prize with 13 other countries – Argentina, Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Thailand and the U.S., the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism announced Friday.

The winner will be determined by votes from travelers around the world. Voting is open online at, and the voting will last until October 20 this year. Voters are required to register for an account on the website before casting their vote.

This year’s awards ceremony for Asia will take place on Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, on October 12. The global awards ceremony will be held in Muscat, Oman, in November.

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry. Heralded as the “travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars” by The Wall Street Journal, the awards are handed out based on votes by the public and travel professionals across the globe.

Vietnamese food ranks among top 15 favorite cuisines in the world, according to a survey released earlier this year by YouGov, a U.K.-based online market research company.

Some of the dishes found on street corners here have achieved fame and presence in all corners of the world, like banh mi, the sandwich which has been listed among the top 20 street foods in the world by Fodor’s Travel, a U.S travel site.

Besides the culinary destination, Vietnam will vie for five other titles at the 26th edition of the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Two of the titles are at the national level: World’s Leading Destination and World’s Leading Cultural Destination. Two other titles are World’s Leading City Destination (Hanoi) and World’s Leading Cultural City Destination (Hoi An).

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has been nominated for World’s Leading Tourist Board award.

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