best places in the asia-pacific survey: new survey launches March 2003
The Asian Business Strategy & Street Intelligence Ezine launched its first ongoing survey of the best places in the Asia Pacific in 1998. It featured the chance for our readers to nominate and vote for anything from Asian cities and natural places to 5 star hotels, budget accomodation, restaurants, bars, hawkers, coffee and "teh" houses, airports and airlines. Places you visit only once in a while, or every week. Places that rejuvenate, relax, inspire, excite, or just make you feel good to be alive. ...And places that define the essence of a culture or place - that make you know that you have truly arrived in one place.
From late March 2003, we have archived the previous survey results and kicked off anew with a faster voting and nomination system to get your views across. To deter multiple voters we have built in mechanisms to prevent voting more than once in a few days. After all, since we started Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and soon Tokyo and Bangkok have built new airports, new hotels have sprung up and already built reputations, and many of our favourite bars and restaurants have renamed, died from over-popularity or just vanished from sight. It was time to start anew, and from now the results will be archived and a new survey lauched annually in March/April.
Our map (200 Kbs Jpg file) will orient you to the Orient fairly quickly.
For those with a historical bent, our first roving correspondent, Blanchard (used to!) provide information you wont find anywhere else from the perspective of a Western business traveller in the region. Sometimes pampered, sometimes not, his ravings and observations jotted down on serviettes from the Hilton and paper napkins from the Hawker centre, providing an idiosyncratic account of business travel mid 1990's style. He disappeared with the retreat of the British from Hong Kong, though there have been several unconfirmed sightings ...And one day he may even start to chronicle his travels again...
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