Best Destinations for 2010

TripAdvisor has just published its top destinations for 2010. Ireland does not do well here.

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers on TripAdvisor.com. The winners were determined by a combination of travellers destination comments, favourite places, and overall destination popularity on TripAdvisor.

So say TripAdvisor.

Galway did make it into the top 25 destinations in Europe at number 23, with the note that the best thing about Galway is that you can walk everywhere.

Belfast made it into the top 25 destinations in the United Kingdom at number 16. Belfast has grown into a cosmopolitan destination and become a popular weekend break spot, the guide tells us.

But overall a disappointing representation for Ireland, and a stark reminder that consumer generated media is becoming an important part of the tourism distribution network. This is something which will be addressed in some depth in ITIC’s research project Tourism & Travel Distribution in a Changed World, which we expect to be completed by early July.

Mind you London also failed to make the top 25 World destinations which caused almost as much agnst there as the talks on forming the new coalition Government. Even among UK destinations London only ranked 4th behind Edinburgh, Brighton and York. So there’s work to be done ahead of the Olympics.

Maybe the real message here is that businesses and destinations should be asking satisfied guests to post a comment on TripAdvisor.

CLICK HERE to view TripAdvisor’s top traveller destinations for 2010.

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May 17th 2010

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