Tripadvisor announced the winners of the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Destination awards. The awards include two new categories: Trending, recognizing traveller-loved destinations that are on the rise, having seen the biggest spikes in positive reviews and ratings over the last year, and Emerging – looking ahead to what’s next — the destinations still ahead of the curve that smart travellers are already saving to their Trips on Tripadvisor, a great indicator of up and coming hotspots.
“It’s fantastic to see Indian destinations making their presence felt on the world map and given this achievement is based on feedback and growing interest from travellers, it becomes even more noteworthy! Everyone seeks inspiration from various quarters while planning their travel and the best trips often turn out to be inspired and guided by people similar to you who’ve been there before. I am confident the Travellers’ Choice Destinations list will impel travellers across the globe to plan travel to some very fascinating places” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, Tripadvisor India.
Kochi: World #1 Trending Destination
This Indian port city has earned its bucket list status, seeing the biggest spike in top reviews, ratings and traveller interest on Tripadvisor over the last year. A blending of small villages on the southwestern coast created the current incarnation of Kochi (or Cochin), where sunset strolls, sampling fresh fish from seaside vendors and boat rides through the islands just offshore are all part of the charm. While travellers to India may have traditionally prioritized trips to the nation’s mega-cities, those in the know are seeking out the smaller city of Kochi — a destination filled with cool cafes, art centers and stunning historic sites, including beautiful Portuguese-built churches and forts.
“It is a proud moment for Kerala Tourism that our Kochi is named the world’s number one Trending destination on Tripadvisor. It is to the credit of excellent tourism marketing and promotion strategy of government and enterprising tourism industry partners. This achievement will propel Kochi and Kerala to great heights in the Tourism sector” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala.
Top 25 Global Trending Destinations – See full descriptions at Tripadvisor
Porto Seguro, Brazil
Da Nang, Vietnam
Tel Aviv, Israel
Island of Malta, Malta
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mexico City, Mexico
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Kaliningrad: World #1 Emerging Destination
Kaliningrad, a tiny sliver of Russia trapped between the Baltic Sea, Poland and Lithuania – has been revealed as the top Emerging Destination for 2020, according to Tripadvisor data based on review, interest and ‘Saves’ on the platform. And thanks to a simplified e-visa process that Russia introduced in 2019, it’s now easier than ever to visit. And travellers are taking full advantage, exploring a stunning city that blends the culture and architecture of eastern Europe and Russia together like nowhere else.
Top 25 Emerging Destinations in the World
Rugen Island, Germany
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
La Paz, Mexico
Ile d’Oleron, France
Tulsa, Okla., United States
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Franschhoek, South Africa
Cala d’Or, Spain
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Trending and Emerging Destination award-winners were determined using an algorithm that measured year-over-year increase in positive Tripadvisor traveller review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and increase in booking interest and searches across destinations worldwide. For the Emerging Destination category year-over-year Save data from Tripadvisor travellers was also factored into the methodology. Travellers can save travel ideas and plans by tapping the heart icon on places to stay, restaurants, and things to do, letting travellers keep track of their plans, and remember them for later.