World’s Largest Travel Site Identifies Top Spots Growing in Popularity with New Delhi Taking the Top Spot in Asia and Seventh in the World
Singapore – TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Destinations on the Rise. Two of India’s cities – New Delhi and Bengaluru – topped the Asian ranking as the top destinations on the rise, with New Delhi being the only Asian city that earned a spot in the top ten global list. In addition to Asia and world, Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also revealed for Europe, South America and the South Pacific, with beach resort town of Tulum, Mexico crowned as the number one in the world.
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 – Asia:
1. New Delhi, India (+28% booking interest YoY1)
India’s capital is a vibrant tapestry of historical relics, cultural display, satellite neighbourhoods and mega malls. The majestic Swaminarayan Akshardham offers a charming glimpse into the city’s ancient past, while scenic marketplaces provide an authentic feel of the busy metropolis.
Great value hotel option in New Delhi:
bloomrooms@LinkRoad, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 281 per night
2. Bengaluru, India (+46% booking interest YoY)
Known as “The Sillicon Valley of India”, Bengaluru is rising up the ranks in popularity as not only a techie’s paradise, but a “Garden City” with its breathtaking locales that provide a relaxing respite from the bustling city centre. TripAdvisor reviewers recommend taking a walk through the beautiful and serene Lalbagh Botanical Garden deemed as “a paradise hidden in the midst of concrete jungle”.
Great value hotel option in Bengaluru:
Trinity Suites, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 192 per night
3. Khao Lak, Thailand (+27% booking interest YoY)
A tranquil hideaway, Khao Lak is situated just 80 km north of Phuket and is dotted with scenic beaches and unparalleled spots for water activities. Soak up the sun and enjoy the warmth of the glistening sand before diving in the crystal clear water along the famous White Sand Beach.
Great value hotel option in Khao Lak:
Kantary Beach Hotel Villas & Suites Khao Lak, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 567 per night
4. Colombo, Sri Lanka (+52% booking interest YoY)
Rapidly emerging as a must visit spot in Asia, Colombo is home to picturesque boulevards and colonial architecture. Travellers are encouraged to experience the city’s religious and cultural offerings in the imperial Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a site of worship for locals.
Great value hotel option in Colombo:
Cinnamon Red Colombo, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 499 per night
5. Karon, Thailand (+11% booking interest YoY)
Nestled in the west coast of Phuket Island, Karon serves as an ideal playground for diving enthusiasts or families with children. Take a visit to Kata Noi Beach and enjoy a vast variety of water activities before rewinding for a cultural experience at Phuket Big Buddha that offers a spectacular view of the city.
Great value hotel option in Karon:
Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 290 per night
6. Sanur, Indonesia (+18% booking interest YoY)
An idyllic retreat in beautiful Bali, Sanur goes beyond picture-perfect sandy beaches with its unparalleled hospitality and endless lanes of bazaars, resorts, bars and restaurants. Take a trip down Pasar Sindhu to indulge in scrumptious local delights.
Great value hotel option in Sanur:
Taksu Sanur, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 341 per night
7. Yerevan, Armenia (+51% booking interest YoY)
From traces of the city’s ancient past to stylish architectures with modern lines, this unique city has it all. TripAdvisor reviewers recommend sauntering through the Republic Square, a vibrant locale lined with Armenian architecture, stylish dining options and night concerts.
Great value hotel option in Yerevan:
Republica Hotel Yerevan, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 448 per night
8. Nha Trang, Vietnam (+14% booking interest YoY)
With a recent makeover, Nha Trang is growing in popularity amongst travellers with its centuries-old history and vibrant nightlife. Dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, Po Nagar Cham Towers is a must-visit with its ancient architecture and unbeatable view from the top.
Great value hotel option in Nha Trang:
Galliot Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 183 per night
9. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
History buffs will appreciate Phnom Penh’s unique architectural lines – the city’s past comes alive through its well-preserved temples, palaces and ancient relics of yesterday. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center is a deeply evocative reminder of the city’s tragic past.
Great value hotel option in Phnom Penh:
Teahouse, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 209 per night
10. Hue, Vietnam (+3% booking interest YoY)
Clustered around the charming Perfume River, Hue owes its rising popularity through its blend of new and old as must-see historic sites set the backdrop for modern hotels, restaurants and bars. Explore the Hue Imperial City, a grand citadel that houses the emperor’s residence, temples and palaces.
Great value hotel option in Hue:
Holiday Diamond Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of MYR 115 per night
Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – World:
1. Tulum, Mexico (+74% booking interest YoY)
2. Cartagena, Colombia (+49% booking interest YoY)
3. Porto, Portugal (+39% booking interest YoY)
4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee (+67% booking interest YoY)
5. Moscow, Russia (+27% booking interest YoY)
6. Brighton, United Kingdom (+60% booking interest YoY)
7. New Delhi, India (+28% booking interest YoY)
8. Banff, Canada (+43% booking interest YoY)
9. Lima, Peru (+33% booking interest YoY)
10. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (+34% booking interest YoY)
For the complete list of Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise award-winners for 2016, as well as reviews and candid traveler photos, go to: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-DestinationsontheRise.