Cape Breton Island has been voted one of the world’s best islands to visit in Travel and Leisure magazine’s 2011 World’s Best Awards. It was ranked the number one island destination in Canada and continental United States, and number three on the list of Top Ten Islands Overall. Readers of the travel publication voted Cape Breton ahead of such popular destinations as the Great Barrier Reef Islands and Sicily. This is the third time the island has been awarded the number one honour. It beat out Vancouver Island and Nantucket this year for the top spot. “All Nova Scotians should be very proud to receive this prestigious award,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Cape Breton Island is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, renowned for its scenic views, and warm and friendly people. “Tourism operators throughout the island, and the province, are working hard to provide visitors with amazing experiences that are helping to build our industry.” Travel and Leisure readers rated islands on five characteristics: natural attractions, activities and sights, restaurants and food, people, and value. “We are delighted that Cape Breton Island has been voted the number one island destination in continental United States and Canada by this very influential publication,” said Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton. “We all know that being number one means we are the best in North America! And to be voted number three in the world is just amazing. This is a direct compliment to all of those in Cape Breton who strive to make it a world-class tourism destination.” Each year subscribers are asked to help rank islands, cities, hotels, car rental agencies, airlines, tour companies and cruise lines for the annual awards. The complete 2011 results can be found at www.travelandleisure.com and is the cover story of the August issue of the magazine.