Condé Nast Traveller has announced the results of their Readers’Travel Awards for 2016, and Greece was chosen by their readers as the best country in the world.
The Conde Nast readers were asked to vote on their favorite travel spots using criteria such as service, design, culture, and the value for money. The readers seemed to agree to Athens and the Greek islands are must visit spots that are always worth the trip.
The Greek islands also placed in the “Best Islands in the World” category, coming in just behind the number one spot of the Maldives and ahead of Ibiza.
After Greece the number two best country was voted as Italy, which was praised for having the best food. The number three spot went to the United States which was noted to have the best places to stay. South Africa was voted in for having the best value for the money overall.
The popularity of Greece is really saying something based on the fact that the country has been dealing with a financial crisis for many years, as well as a refugee crisis leaving many migrants. Despite those issues, the Greek Tourism Confederation estimated that Greece could see 25 to 27 million tourists by the end of 2016.