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Agoda Survey: Boracay is 13th best spot to ring in New Year

Boracay Informer, 20th December, 2014

Hotel-booking site has announced the results of its most recent Travel Smarts study, which shows that Boracay Island in Aklan is the 13th most preferred place for ringing in the New Year. Boracay tops party hotspots Ibiza, Goa and La Vegas as the place to be to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

In a recent survey conducted by booking site, Boracay emerged as the only destination from our seven thousand islands that travelers want to be at to ring in 2015. It is at number 13, sandwiched between Dubai (12) and Las Vegas (14).

Asian cities dominate the survey, which had more than 7,000 respondents. Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Bali make it to the top three, with Tokyo and Singapore completing the top 5.

Would you believe Boracay is ahead of party hearty cities like Ibiza, Spain, which is at the 24th spot, Berlin, Germany at the 20th, and Goa, India at 19?

Not really a surprise, a growing number of vacationers have been spending the December holidays in Boracay given everything: the mad rush in the city, the calm and beautiful blue waters of the island, and its incredibly healthy night life.

Here’s the rest of the list:

1. Bangkok

2. Hong Kong

3. Bali

4. Tokyo

5. Singapore

6. Taipei

7. New York

8. Paris

9. London

10. Sydney

11. Amsterdam

12. Dubai

13. Boracay

14. Las Vegas

15. Barcelona

16. Shanghai

17. Rome

18. Rio de Janerio

19. Goa

20. Berlin

21. Cape Town

22. Buenos Aires

23. Edinburgh

24. Ibiza

When asked who they wanted to spend New Year’s Eve with, an impressive 78 percent of the survey respondents chose family or significant other, with only 18 percent choosing friends. Four percent of travelers said they wanted to celebrate alone.

Most travelers also said they preferred low-key celebrations to big parties. Just 27 percent of travelers surveyed said they wanted to ring in the New Year at a massive public event such as Times Square’s ball drop or the Taipei 101 Countdown.

Forty two percent said they’d prefer a private party with friends or loved ones and 24 percent said relaxing and watching the countdown at home.

People who love to travel apparently also love to celebrate. Only 7 percent of respondents said they would be in bed asleep before the clock chimed midnight.