Posted Jan 24, 2022, 2:46 PM
The years 2020 and 2021 have not been good for tourism, with the global Covid-19 pandemic bringing its share of health restrictions and closed borders. Not enough to undermine the desires of escape of many travelers, who have fed the world-famous travel advice and advice site, TripAdvisor.
The American platform has indeed unveiled its annual ranking of the most popular destinations for 2022, based on the “quality and quantity” of ratings and reviews left by users of the site in 2021. Enough to fuel the desires of escape for the coming year, in a context where the increase in vaccination coverage and the spread of the Omicron variant in Europe give hope for a gradual resolution of two years of the pandemic. The “Travellers’Choice Best of the Best” prizes reward the best destinations in the world, but also the most popular trips in the mountains, in the middle of nature, or even for lovers of gastronomy.
Dubai and London lead the ranking
The most popular destination for travelers in 2021 was still a small fishing village in the 20th century and has transformed into an extravagant sunny metropolis: Dubai occupies the first place in the ranking of the most popular destinations of TripAdvisor. The city in the United Arab Emirates “has slowly climbed the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards rankings over the past few years” before reaching the top, said Justin Reid, director of media, destinations and travel at Tripadvisor. , with the American chain CNN .
The ultra-modern city, which currently hosts the World Expo, has been able to attract travelers from all over the world thanks to its world-class hotels and restaurants and its many tourist attractions. Since the most popular destinations ranking is based on reviews of tourist attractions, stays and things to do in the surrounding area, earning the top spot in the top rated destinations ranking means the city “got excellent reviews from travelers in all of its tourism sectors,” commented Justin Reid. Dubai has remained open to tourists despite the Covid-19 pandemic, at the cost of an intense vaccination campaign and strict respect for barrier gestures.
The Emirati city is followed by London (UK), Cancún (Mexico), Bali (Indonesia) and the island of Crete, Greece. Paris occupies 9th place in the ranking, followed by Corsica in 14th place.
European capitals top culinary destinations
TripAdvisor also offers a ranking of trending destinations for 2022. These are the ones that have seen the greatest year-over-year increase in terms of positive ratings from travelers, but also the number of reviews left on hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. Sunny destinations take the lion’s share here, especially those in the Mediterranean basin: the Spanish island of Majorca tops the trending destinations, followed by Cairo in Egypt and the Greek island of Rhodes.
Finally, the site also offers thematic rankings. For gourmets, it will therefore be necessary to go to Rome, which is ahead of London and Paris, cities whose restaurants have seduced lovers of gastronomy. Nature lovers will find their happiness in the national parks: that of the Arsenal Volcano in Costa Rica occupies the first place in the ranking, followed by that of Jim Corbett in India and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
What classification criteria?
According to TripAdvisor, Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winners are among the top 1% of pages listed on the platform. Rankings are determined based on “the quality and quantity of ratings and reviews given by travelers to rank the best accommodations, destinations, beaches, attractions, restaurants, airlines and experiences” in specific categories and areas. To be eligible for the award, the destination must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months, have received a minimum number of reviews during that time, and achieve a minimum rating on the platform.
The website also indicated that it could interfere with this ranking and determine whether or not a destination could receive a prize, in particular by taking into account any incidents or discrimination reported in an establishment or the publication of fraudulent notices.