The Top Emerging Global Destinations Travelers Are Actually Going To


Dec 03, 2013 10:27 am

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We love these because it is based on actual traveler behavior, not just dreaming and intent, but these listings would be greatly enhanced with more real-time data on trends, rather than a static once-a-year list.

— Rafat Ali

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Havana, Cuba, the top destination on the rise. Franck Vervial / Flickr

Outside of Google, TripAdvisor is the global travel search engine, with a direct line into user behavior on where travelers are actually planning and going, instead of just intent. The primary use case of TripAdvisor is built around it: its millions of users, mostly landing from Google and elsewhere, search for accommodations in the places they’re going to.

That is why when it comes out with a list of its destinations on the rise, you take it a lot more seriously than say the editorially-opaque destinations list from LonelyPlanet and others. TripAdvisor’s criteria: the places that have seen the “greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest”, based on millions and millions of searches and reviews.

The new list is a mix of the top 10 global, U.S. and other regional destinations on the rise:

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the World:

  1. Havana, Cuba
  2. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  3. Kathmandu, Nepal
  4. Jerusalem, Israel
  5. Cusco, Peru
  6. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  7. Sapporo, Japan
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Corralejo, Spain
  10. Fortaleza, Brazil

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.:

  1. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  2. Anchorage, Alaska
  3. Destin, Florida
  4. Bar Harbor, Maine
  5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  6. Jackson, Wyoming
  7. Galveston, Texas
  8. Brooklyn, New York
  9. Moab, Utah
  10. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in Europe:

  1. Corralejo, Spain
  2. Porto, Portugal
  3. Krakow, Poland
  4. Goreme, Turkey
  5. Helsinki, Finland
  6. Bucharest, Romania
  7. Palermo, Italy
  8. Oslo, Norway
  9. Zurich, Switzerland
  10. Riga, Latvia

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in Asia:

  1. Kathmandu, Nepal
  2. Sapporo, Japan
  3. Hanoi, Vietnam
  4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  5. Hua Hin, Thailand
  6. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  7. Sanur, Indonesia
  8. Macau, China
  9. Jaipur, India
  10. Busan, South Korea

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in South America:

  1. Cusco, Peru
  2. Fortaleza, Brazil
  3. Lima, Peru
  4. Joao Pessoa, Brazil
  5. Santiago, Chile
  6. Bogota, Colombia
  7. Quito, Ecuador
  8. Medellin, Colombia
  9. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  10. El Calafate, Argentina

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in South Pacific:

  1. Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. Margaret River, Australia
  3. Broome, Australia
  4. Rotorua, New Zealand
  5. Surfers Paradise, Australia
  6. Canberra, Australia
  7. Pokolbin, Australia
  8. Alice Springs, Australia
  9. Dunedin, New Zealand
  10. Taupo, New Zealand

Disclaimer: As you can see here, TripAdvisor is a sponsor of Skift, and we clearly like these rankings, but Skift editorial is completely separate from our sponsor relationships.


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