The New York Times lists Singapore as top destination in Asia for 2015

The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. A photo of the attraction was used by The New York Times when it listed Singapore as no. 6 in a global list of 52 places to visit in 2015. -- PHOTO: ST FILE  
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. A photo of the attraction was used by The New York Times when it listed Singapore as no. 6 in a global list of 52 places to visit in 2015. -- PHOTO: ST FILE  

SINGAPORE - The New York Times (NYT) has listed Singapore as the top place to visit in Asia, and no. 6 in a global list of 52 places to visit in 2015.

NYT published this list on Jan 9.

In its list, NYT cited Singapore's 50th birthday celebrations as the main attraction.

"It's a year-long birthday party, and the world is invited," the US newspaper wrote in the travel feature.

Highlights include the Chingay parade in February, the new National Gallery Singapore, and the National Day Parade in August, NYT pointed out.

NYT's top recommendation for 2015 is Milan in Italy, which is hosting the 2015 World Expo from May through October.

The Times said its list was culled from a few hundred ideas from its contributing writers, which it then selected from.

"We aim for a selection of places that we expect to be particularly compelling in the coming year; reasons might include a museum opening, a new transportation option or a historical anniversary," it explained in an article How we Chose our List.

Earlier, travel guide Lonely Planet also included Singapore in its top 10 countries to visit in 2015. 

The company said in October last year: "As one of the world's most multicultural cities, Singapore is always celebrating something.

"But Asia's smallest state has an extra special reason to put on her party hat in 2015, for it's her Golden Jubilee."

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