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Singapore Zoo, Universal Studios Singapore tops in Asia: TripAdvisor

Besides coming in as top zoo in Asia, Singapore Zoo was also third in the global rankings for the travel website's 2015 Travellers' Choice awards.

SINGAPORE: Local attractions Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore have emerged tops in their respective fields in Asia, according to travel website TripAdvisor's latest Travellers' Choice awards released on Wednesday (Jul 15). 

For Singapore Zoo, it came in ahead of Thailand's Khao Kheow Open Zoo and China's Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou. Globally, it was ranked behind San Diego Zoo in the United States, and Loro Parque in Spain's Puerto de la Cruz, according to the website. 

"As Singapore marks its 50th anniversary of independence in 2015, Singapore Zoo is proud to contribute towards highlighting the nation on the world travel map," said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, in a prepared statement. Being recognised as top zoo in Asia and top three in the world is a "great honour" and a "nod to our work in wildlife conservation, education and recreation", he added. 

As for Universal Studios Singapore, it was ranked top amusement park in Asia ahead of Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland - both in Hong Kong. 

"We are honoured to be recognised once again by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2015 for the strong appeal of our attractions to the travellers around the world," said Mr Jason Horkin, Vice President of Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa, in the prepared statement.  

Other award winners include the SEA Aquarium, which was second in Asia. Adventure Cove Waterpark placed ninth among the region's water parks, ahead of Wild Wild Wet in 10th, the travel website said. 

The awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor users globally. The company said it used an algorithm to determine the winners, which took into account the quantity and quality of reviews gathered over a 12-month period.