TripAdvisor Announces 2012 Travellers' Choice Destinations

2012-05-03 11:00 1947

London Named World's Best Travel Spot, Siem Reap Best in Asia Based on Opinions from the TripAdvisor Community of Millions

SINGAPORE, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- TripAdvisor™ the world's largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2012 Travellers' Choice® Destinations awards. In the fourth year of its awards, TripAdvisor has honoured 440 outstanding destinations in 37 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States. 

The Travellers' Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers' favorites and most highly rated places. 

"Whether travellers are looking for a grand annual vacation or a quick weekend getaway, they can be inspired by hundreds of incredible travel destinations as identified by TripAdvisor's community of travellers," said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

London reigns supreme

London was named the world's, Europe's and the UK's best destination. With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games fast approaching, it's a well-timed triumph. Following London in the world stakes were New York City and Rome, in second and third places respectively.

Siem Reap shines in Asia

Siem Reap was rated travellers' favourite destination in Asia. With its rich history and the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, it's no wonder tourists are flocking to Siem Reap. Coming in second and third places were China's main cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

For the complete list of 2012 Travellers' Choice Destinations winners, go to

Top 25 Travellers' Choice World Destinations:

1. London, England 14. Sydney, Australia
2. New York City, New York 15. Beijing, China
3. Rome, Italy 16. Prague, Czech Republic
4. Paris, France 17. Las Vegas, Nevada
5. San Francisco, California 18. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
6. Marrakech, Morocco 19. Shanghai, China
7. Istanbul, Turkey 20. Honolulu, Hawaii
8. Barcelona, Spain 21. Los Angeles, California
9. Siem Reap, Cambodia 22. New Orleans, Louisiana
10. Berlin, Germany 23. Cape Town, South Africa
11. Chicago, Illinois 24. Chiang Mai, Thailand
12. Florence, Italy 25. Dublin, Ireland
13. Buenos Aires, Argentina  

Top 25 Travellers' Choice Asia Destinations:

1. Siem Reap, Cambodia 14. Ubud, Indonesia
2. Beijing, China 15. Hoi An, Vietnam
3. Shanghai, China 16. Luang Prabang, Laos
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand 17. Xi'an, China
5. Male, Maldives 18. Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
6. Goa, India 19. Taipei, Taiwan
7. Boracay, Philippines 20. Koh Tao, Thailand
8. Hong Kong, China 21. Seoul, South Korea
9. Hanoi, Vietnam 22. Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam
10. Kathmandu, Nepal 23. New Delhi, India
11. Kyoto, Japan 24. Varanasi, India
12. Tokyo, Japan 25. Halong Bay, Vietnam
13. Singapore   

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