London beats New York, Paris and Rome as it’s named TripAdvisor’s No1 destination in the WORLD

It’s official: The UK capital beats off all the competition for top spot in global travel rated by the world’s fussiest trekkers. The full article below from the Mail Online Travel.


  • The UK capital improves on its sixth-place finish in 2015 to take the spoils
  • Istanbul, Turkey, takes second place, with Marrakech, Morocco, in third
  • TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards based on reviews and opinions 

Move over New York, Paris and Rome – London has been named the best destination on the planet by TripAdvisor.

It took the No1 spot, up from sixth in 2015, in the review site’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2016, which is based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor users. Paris came fourth, Rome seventh and New York ninth.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveller booking interest on TripAdvisor.

London has been crowned the world's number one destination in The TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for destinations

London has been crowned the world’s number one destination in The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations

London has jumped five places up from its sixth place finish in 2015 

London has jumped five places up from its sixth place finish in 2015

The win for London comes at a time when the city and the rest of the UK is poised to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in April and throughout the summer.

‘This is the first time since 2012 that London has topped our world award rankings, proving that the capital’s tourism industry is still reaping the benefits of the Games’ legacy,’ said James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, added: ‘London is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the world thanks to our iconic attractions, buzzing entertainment scene and amazing museums and galleries.

THE WORLDWIDE AND UK WINNERS ARE…

The top 10 Travellers’ Choice Destinations in the world:

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Paris, France
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rome, Italy
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • New York City, United States
  • Ubud, Indonesia

The top 10 Travellers’ Choice Destinations in the the UK:

  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Liverpool
  • Llandudno
  • Blackpool
  • Torquay
  • York
  • Bath
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
Istanbul in Turkey was named as the second best destination in the world for 2016

Istanbul in Turkey was named as the second best destination in the world for 2016

The enchantment of Marrakech in Morocco helped it take the third spot in the top ten list

The enchantment of Marrakech in Morocco helped it take the third spot in the top ten list

The algorithm took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions, with Paris bagging fourth place

The algorithm took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions, with Paris bagging fourth place

‘Coupled with our abundance of top-notch hotels and restaurants offering every type of cuisine one’s taste buds could desire, it is no wonder that London has been named the best travel destination in the world. 

‘It is an incredibly dynamic city, with something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to our wonderful metropolis.‎’

Of the top ten best rated world destinations, Siem Reap offers the cheapest hotel value with average bookable room rates on TripAdvisor at £50 a night.

Of the top ten best rated world destinations, Siem Reap, in fourth spot, offers the cheapest hotel value

Of the top ten best rated world destinations, Siem Reap, in fourth spot, offers the cheapest hotel value

Prague came home fifth in the list, known for its Old Town Square and colorful baroque buildings

Prague came home fifth in the list, known for its Old Town Square and colorful baroque buildings

Rome, Italy, remains as popular as ever with tourists, particularly the Colosseum in the heart of the city

Rome remains as popular as ever with tourists, particularly the Colosseum in the heart of the city

When it comes to the UK winners, despite London taking the top spot, this year the north comes up trumps overall as seven out of ten destinations are located north of the midlands.

Edinburgh, Liverpool, Llandudno and Blackpool take second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively, York comes in at seventh and Glasgow and Manchester rank ninth and tenth respectively.

Among the top ten UK destinations, Blackpool offers the cheapest hotel rooms with the average bookable hotel rate on TripAdvisor for 2016 at £66 – less than half the price of a comparable hotel room in London.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture and secured eighth place on the list

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture and secured eighth place on the list

It is unsurprising to see New York City make the list, still popular with tourists all over the globe, coming in ninth position

It is unsurprising to see New York City make the list, still popular with tourists all over the globe, coming in ninth position

Ubub in Bali, Indonesia, sneaked the final spot in the top ten, the rainforests being just one beautiful feature

Ubub in Bali, Indonesia, sneaked the final spot in the top ten, the rainforests being just one beautiful feature

 Ned’s tip: If you want an authentic Moroccan experience in Tangier, head down to the old port of Tangier and stay at one of Le Royal Hotels & Resorts beautiful five star hotels: the gorgeous Hotel El Minzah or the sumptuous Grand Hotel Villa de France, both flagships of the Le Royal Hotels & Resorts Division of Sir Nadhmi Auchi’s General Mediterranean Holding.  
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