On May 1, the website TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards
. The travel and tourism website considered the popularity of 440 destinations worldwide, based on millions of reviews and opinions posted on the site by travelers. There is a ranking of 25 Top World Travel Destinations, and separate rankings for several regions and countries across the world including Africa
, Canada, China
, South America
, and the United States.
The three top world travel destinations
are London, New York City and Rome. In the United States the three top choices
were New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. In Canada
the list is headed by Vancouver, British Columbia. In a brief description of the city’s attractions TripAdvisor writes:
“Check out the Victorian architecture in Gastown, take a kayak out on English Bay or explore Stanley Park. The elevated Sky Train is a great way to view the city. Foodies should make a beeline for the Granville Island Public Market. And don't leave town without trying dim sum in Vancouver's Chinatown."
The brief description on Ottawa, Canada´s capital city, reads:
"Ottawa is a compact, clean, cleverly planned centre of culture and politics. And it's an ideal choice for a weekend getaway. Start downtown at the architecturally stunning National Gallery of Canada, and don't miss the Canadian Nature Museum and the National Aviation Museum. Rideau Canal offers boating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter. Gatineau Park attracts cyclists and walkers, while Byward Market blends old and new Ottawa."
The second place as a favorite destination in Canada, according to TripAdvisor’s contributors, is Montreal. Toronto occupies the third place in the ranking. The list of top ten travel choices in Canada is completed by Quebec City, QC (4), Victoria (5) and Whistler (6) in British Columbia, Calgary, AB (7), Ottawa, ON (8), Banff, AB (9) and Niagara Falls, ON (10).
TripAdvisor.com is a user-generated content website founded in February 2000. Its objective is assisting travelers in gathering information about destinations, tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants. Travelers can participate in interactive travel forums by posting reviews and opinions on travel-related matters.