TripAdvisor™ today announced the winners of its 2012 Travellers’ Choice® Destinations awards. In the fourth year of its awards, TripAdvisor has honoured 440 outstanding destinations in 37 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.
The Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers’ favorites and most highly rated places.
“Whether travellers are looking for a grand annual vacation or a quick weekend getaway, they can be inspired by hundreds of incredible travel destinations as identified by TripAdvisor’s community of travellers,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.
London reigns supreme
London was named the world’s, Europe’s and the UK’s best destination. With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games fast approaching, it’s a well-timed triumph. Following London in the world stakes were New York City and Rome, in second and third places respectively.
Siem Reap shines in Asia
Siem Reap was rated travellers’ favourite destination in Asia. With its rich history and the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, it’s no wonder tourists are flocking to Siem Reap. Coming in second and third places were China’s main cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
For the complete list of 2012 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, go tohttp://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/TravelersChoice-Destinations.
Top 25 Travellers’ Choice World Destinations:
|1. London, England||14. Sydney, Australia|
|2. New York City, New York||15. Beijing, China|
|3. Rome, Italy||16. Prague, Czech Republic|
|4. Paris, France||17. Las Vegas, Nevada|
|5. San Francisco, California||18. Bora Bora, French Polynesia|
|6. Marrakech, Morocco||19. Shanghai, China|
|7. Istanbul, Turkey||20. Honolulu, Hawaii|
|8. Barcelona, Spain||21. Los Angeles, California|
|9. Siem Reap, Cambodia||22. New Orleans, Louisiana|
|10. Berlin, Germany||23. Cape Town, South Africa|
|11. Chicago, Illinois||24. Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|12. Florence, Italy||25. Dublin, Ireland|
|13. Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations:
|1. Siem Reap, Cambodia||14. Ubud, Indonesia|
|2. Beijing, China||15. Hoi An, Vietnam|
|3. Shanghai, China||16. Luang Prabang, Laos|
|4. Chiang Mai, Thailand||17. Xi’an, China|
|5. Male, Maldives||18. Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand|
|6. Goa, India||19. Taipei, Taiwan|
|7. Boracay, Philippines||20. Koh Tao, Thailand|
|8. Hong Kong, China||21. Seoul, South Korea|
|9. Hanoi, Vietnam||22. Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam|
|10. Kathmandu, Nepal||23. New Delhi, India|
|11. Kyoto, Japan||24. Varanasi, India|
|12. Tokyo, Japan||25. Halong Bay, Vietnam|