TripAdvisor® announces the winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Destinations on the Rise. Tulum, Mexico has been named the world’s top destination on the rise, famous for its phenomenal Maya archaeological sites. Celebrated for its thriving food and cultural scene, Brisbane, Australia has been revealed as the top destination in the South Pacific.
The awards highlight 52 destinations around the world selected by using an algorithm that primarily measured the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants and attractions, across destinations worldwide.
“Our well-travelled community has helped us identify the destinations around the world that are gaining in interest and popularity,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.
“We hope these destinations inspire those planning their travel for 2016 to book trips to these locales that feature excellent hotels, restaurants and attractions, and also provide a great vacation value.”
Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – World:
Tulum, Mexico (+74% booking interest YoY1)
Situated on the beautiful Mexican coastline, Tulum is home to the Maya archaeological sites of Tulum and Cobá, and the Tulum National Park, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Top attractions in Tulum include the Mayan Ruins of Tulum,Cenotes Dos Ojos and Playa Paraiso.
Cartagena, Colombia (+49% booking interest YoY)
Cartagena or Cartagena de Indias is a city on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region and capital of the Bolívar Department. If you plan on visiting the city, make sure you experience one of these attractions; Walled City of Cartagena, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Cathedral de San Pedro Claver and Islas del Rosario.
Porto, Portugal (+39% booking interest YoY)
Proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Porto is one of the oldest European centres. Visit the city during the summer months or better yet the end of June to experience the São João Festival, on the night of 23–24 June. Top attractions in Porto include Ponte de D. Luis, Rio Douro, Zona Ribeirinha, several walking and sightseeing tours and Palacio da Bolsa.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee (+67% booking interest YoY)
Situated southeast of Knoxville Tennessee, Gatlinburg borders the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441. If you’re looking for an experience away from the wilderness, visit the Sugarlands Distilling Company, and learn about the craft of moonshine and whiskey.
Moscow, Russia (+27% booking interest YoY)
Did you know Moscow is the world’s most populated inland city? Known for its architecture, particularly its historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its brightly coloured domes, Moscow is a must see during a European trip. It’s also home to the Ostankino Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in Europe.
Brighton, United Kingdom (+60% booking interest YoY)
Renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population, Brighton has become one of the UKs most popular tourist destinations. Top attractions in Brighton include theRoyal Pavilion and North Laine.
New Delhi, India (+28% booking interest YoY)
If you’re looking for a cultural and historically rich trip, New Delhi is the destination. Situated on the Yamauna River, New Delhi is home to several historic sites and museums; an exhibition of over 200,000 Indian art and artifacts can be seen atThe National Museum. Other top attractions in New Delhi include Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Swaminarayan.
Banff, Canada (+43% booking interest YoY)
Growing in popularity is the Canadian city of Banff, located west of Calgary, and known for its mountainous surroundings, hot springs, and outdoor adventure activity. Fancy a ski? Visit Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay or Lake Louise Mountain Resort located within the Banff national park. Top attractions include Banff Gondola and Parker Ridge Trail.
Lima, Peru (+33% booking interest YoY)
Lima is the capital, and largest city of Peru. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Peru is a fascinating city and a treasure trove of history. Top attractions in Lima include Museo Larco and Parque de la Reserva. Explore ancient Incan archeological sites, or stroll through the elegant cathedrals and opulent palaces dating from Spanish colonial times.
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (+34% booking interest YoY)
Foz do Iguacu is on the Argentina-Brazil border, and is the 7th largest city in the state of Paraná. Located on the cities border are the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls, and one of the ‘New Natural Seven Wonders of the World’. A must see is the spectacular Devil’s Throat which combines 14 falls and generates a “perpetual rainbow” in good weather.
Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – South Pacific:
- Brisbane, Australia (+27% booking interest YoY)
- Queenstown, New Zealand (+13% booking interest YoY)
- Auckland, New Zealand (+13% booking interest YoY)
- Wellington, New Zealand (+34% booking interest YoY)
- Hobart, Australia (+17% booking interest YoY)
- Christchurch, New Zealand (+19% booking interest YoY)
- Taupo, New Zealand (+35% booking interest YoY)
- Margaret River, Australia (+29% booking interest YoY)
- Broome, Australia (+8% booking interest YoY)
- Surfers Paradise, Australia