TripAdvisor: London and Crete among the Top 5 Destinations Globally
by GreeksConnect Team
There's so much to see and do in London, it's easy to be overwhelmed. Major sights like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are on most visitors' itineraries, but no matter what your interests, you'll probably find something here. Art lovers should make a beeline for the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. If military history's your thing, don't miss the Cabinet War Rooms. Finally, forget everything you've heard about bland, mushy British food—the restaurant scene here is fabulous.
Award winners were determined using an algorithm based on reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and experiences in destinations worldwide over a twelve-month period And of course London came out on top and Crete was fourth. Paris came in second, with Rome and Bali following closely behind.The methodology takes into account quality and volume of reviews to surface destinations that consistently deliver the best overall experience for travelers.
"With more than 156,000 destinations listed on TripAdvisor, travelers can find inspiration and advice on where to stay, what to do and where to eat during every type of trip. The Travelers' Choice awards for Destinations recognize major cities and islands that continue to deliver an outstanding experience and are beloved by our global community of travelers," said Desiree Fish, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. "For those who want to cross these popular destinations off their travel bucket list, we recommend visiting during off-peak seasons when you can find great savings and less crowds."
International excitement around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding put a spotlight on London last year, spurring travelers to visit the city and ultimately leading it to secure the top spot in the rankings. In line with this trend, several of London's royal-focused experiences saw a significant rise in bookings in the past year. However, the top three attractions in London that TripAdvisor warns visitors not to miss are Sir John Soane’s Museum, God’s Own Junkyard and St. Dunstan in the East. All solid contestants, to be fair.
The last time London hit the number one spot was three years ago, and Hayley Coleman, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor, told the Evening Standard that she thought the royal wedding might have had an impact: “The global fascination with Harry and Meghan clearly has a powerful effect as this is the first time since 2016 that London has topped the world rankings. With the couple’s new Royal baby due imminently, London may continue to reap the rewards of the Harry and Meghan effect into 2020.”
"We are delighted to see London top the list of TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards for Destinations. To have the world's largest travel site's community name London as the best-rated destination in the world is a true validation of the incredible hard work of our tourism industry, ensuring our visitors have exceptional experiences every single day of the year," said Laura Citron, CEO of Visit London.
Top 10 Travelers' Choice Destinations in the World:
London, United Kingdom
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Top 10 Travelers' Choice Destinations in the U.S.:
New York City, New York
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Diego, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
San Francisco, California
The Island of Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
For the complete list of Travelers' Choice award-winning destinations for 2019, visit: www.TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations
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