Cebu Pacific voted third best budget airline

Posted at 08/16/12 3:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Cebu Pacific is the third-best budget airline in Asia, a new survey showed, while Palawan was ranked among the best holiday destinations in the continent.

The online survey, Best in Travel Poll 2012, was conducted by web magazine SmartTravelAsia.com. Now in its eighth year, the three-month poll was conducted from May to July this year among the websites' readers, who are said to take over 16 air trips a year.

"The focus of the Best in Travel Poll" is to determine which travel brands are sought after and why. The three-month exercise from May to July each year offers insights for our own editorial directions and generates useful comparative research data for hotels and airlines," editor Vijay Verghese said in an e-mail on Thursday.

The poll was dominated mostly by brands from popular Asian destinations such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

Cebu Pacific was the only local airline to make the list. It remained at No. 3 among the best budget airlines in Asia, with AirAsia at No. 1 and JetStar Asia at No. 2.

Singapore Airlines was voted top airline, as well as No. 1 in business class and cabin service, with Cathay Pacific at No. 2 in the three categories.

Singapore's Changi Airport was also voted top airport in the world, dislodging the Hong Kong International Airport, which fell to No. 2.

Holiday destinations

Bali, Indonesia remained the top holiday destination in Asia for the second year in a row, followed by Phuket, Thailand.

Palawan in the Philippines came in at No. 4, up one notch from last year's poll. Palawan was tied in fourth place with Siem Reap, Cambodia and the Maldives.

Boracay, which is often named among the world's best beaches, failed to make the Top 10 list, which also included other beach destinations such as Koh Samui, Thailand (No. 10) and Langkawi, Malaysia (No. 9).

Among the Top 10 cities for business, Hong Kong maintained its top ranking, followed by Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Seoul, South Korea.

Manila also did not make that list.


Many hotels and resorts in the Philippines made it to this year's Best in Travel Poll.

The Makati Shangri-La, Manila and The Peninsula Manila, both in Makati, were tied at 24th place in the poll's Top 25 business hotels, along with the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, The Oberoi, New Delhi and The Regent Singapore.

Makati Shangri-La was also at No. 24 in last year's poll, while the Peninsula was at No. 21.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore was voted top business hotel, while Four Seasons Hong Kong was named top conference hotel.

Other hotels that made the cut include Shangri-La Mactan (No. 16), Mandala Spa and Villas in Boracay (No. 22) and The Farm at San Benito in Batangas (No. 24) for the Top 25 Spa Hotels and Resorts in Asia category.

Three Palawan resorts -- El Nido Lagen Island resort (No. 10), Amanpulo (No. 15) and El Nido Miniloc Island Resort (No. 16) were included in the Top 25 Leisure Hotels and Resorts in Asia category.