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London and New York City Named World’s Best Travel Spots Based on Opinions from the TripAdvisor Community of Millions

NEWTON, Mass. — May 1, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Destinations awards. In the fourth year of its awards, TripAdvisor has honored 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 Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travelers’ favorites and most highly rated places.

Top 25 Travelers’ 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 Travelers’ Choice U.S. Destinations:
1. New York City, New York 14. Savannah, Georgia
2. San Francisco, California 15. Boston, Massachusetts
3. Chicago, Illinois 16. Branson, Missouri
4. Las Vegas, Nevada 17. Atlanta, Georgia
5. Honolulu, Hawaii 18. Houston, Texas
6. Los Angeles, California 19. Sedona, Arizona
7. New Orleans, Louisiana 20. Napa, California
8. Seattle, Washington 21. Lahaina, Hawaii
9. San Diego, California 22. Austin, Texas
10. Orlando, Florida 23. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11. Washington, D.C. 24. Charleston, South Carolina
12. Portland, Oregon 25. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
13. San Antonio, Texas

“The TripAdvisor community has once again helped pinpoint hundreds of the most amazing and beloved travel destinations of the year,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For travelers planning their big annual vacation or just a weekend getaway, these awards highlight awe-inspiring travel locations of all varieties around the globe.”

For the complete list of 2012 Travelers’ Choice Destinations winners, sponsored by LAN Airlines, go to

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