S'pore named top destination by Lonely Planet

Global travel company Lonely Planet has put Singapore on top of its list of the best countries to visit next year.

In its latest guidebook, Best in Travel 2015, released yesterday, Lonely Planet noted that multicultural Singapore is "always celebrating something" and has more reason to do so next year when it turns 50.

The book said "a slew of new developments" has elevated the Singapore experience "to a new level".

These range from Marina Bay to "a new crop of swanky hotels".

To coincide with its Golden Jubilee, Singapore is set to unveil more new attractions, including the National Gallery. The Singapore Sports Hub, which has already opened, is another major attraction.

Lonely Planet also mentioned an emerging local fashion scene, as well as artisan coffee that has "taken off like wildfire".

Best in Travel 2015 is Lonely Planet's 10th collection of the best destinations, experiences and travel trends.

Coming in second in the list of top 10 countries is Namibia, followed by Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, The Republic of Congo, Serbia, Philippines, St Lucia and Morocco.

Singapore Tourism Board's assistant chief executive Lynette Pang welcomed the accolade.

"We are humbled by this tremendous result, and honoured by the recognition of Singapore's efforts not just in tourism, but also in heritage conservation, greenery, dining, arts and many other areas." - Singapore Tourism Board's assistant chief executive Lynette Pang 

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