The Philippines is eighth among the most favorite countries in the world at the annual Condé Nast Traveler awards outranking popular destinations such as Italy and Japan.

The country was named in the New York-based luxury and travel magazine’s Top 20 Countries in the World by around 600,000 readers who registered for the 2019 survey.

It scored 90.63, a little lower than Indonesia which topped the list at 92.78 points.

Here are the countries that earned a spot at the Condé Nast Traveler readers most favorite countries around the world.

1. Indonesia 92.78
2. Thailand 92.37
3. Portugal 91.94
4. Sri Lanka 91.79
5. South Africa 91.59
6. Peru 91.28
7. Greece 91.18
8. Philippines 90.63
9. Italy 90.62
10. Vietnam 90.46
11. Turkey 90.15
12. Japan 89.74
13. Mexico 89.7
14. Tanzania 89.62
15. Israel 89.54
16. Colombia 89.41
17. New Zealand 89.11
18. Ireland 89.08
19. Cambodia 89.03
20. Croatia 88.83

The list of winners was released on October 7, 2019. In the same Readers’ Choice Awards, Boracay was named the best island in Asia, with Palawan also ranking 4th in the same category.

The travel magazine described Boracay “as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and made-for-Instagram sunsets”.

“Fold in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region,” it added. (Joyce Ann L. Rocamora, PNA)

Top photo: MORE FUN IN PH. A photo of Romblon in the Philippines by @constagrammer used by the Department of Tourism as part of its 100% crowd-sourced It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign. The Philippines is eighth among the most favorite countries in the world at the annual Condé Nast Traveler awards outranking popular destinations such as Italy and Japan. (Photo courtesy of DOT and @constagrammer)