TripAdvisor has revealed the results of its 2012 Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise Awards, and four cities in the UK have made that list. These spots are given to cities that have recorded the biggest increase in positive feedback and interest from visitors. Glasgow ranked number six on the list, Manchester was voted number seven, Belfast made it in at number eight and Liverpool ended the top ten.
Emma Shaw, the spokeswoman for TripAdvisor, says that all the winners should be very proud of their award. Traveller interest has increased in their destination, along with positive feedback on their restaurants, hotels and activities. With the hangover of the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics expected to hit the UK next year, it’s great to see four of the nation’s cities recognised in what could result in a boost to its tourism industry.
Welcoming the results, Glasgow City Council leader Councillor Gordon Matheson says these awards are based on the opinions, interests and reviews of millions of worldwide travellers. To be recognised as the top fastest-growing destination in the UK and one of the top ten in Europe shows real confidence in the city. They are known for the warmth of their hospitality, while some of the biggest travel guides and sites in the world have ranked the city as a must-see. Their world-class galleries and museums are free, their architecture is outstanding and they have one of the best shopping experiences in the country.
Of Manchester, TripAdvisor says on its website that the city is popular for its music scene and football team. It has overcome tough times to become a confident, cosmopolitan city with a great light rail and bus network.
TripAdvisor noted on its website that Belfast has grown into a cosmopolitan destination and popular weekend break destination, and the city has welcomed this. Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau (BVCB) chief executive Gerry Lennon says that the city has a great competitive position throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe as a destination of distinction that travellers must see. This award demonstrates that, and they are thrilled to be included in the top ten destinations on the rise across the continent.
In Liverpool, City Region Local Enterprise Partnership commercial and marketing director Duncan Frazer said that they are delighted TripAdvisor travellers view the city as a key destination. Tourism is a key sector of growth, with the tourist economy generating £3.1 billion a year in visitor spending and supporting more than 43,000 jobs. He noted that the International Passenger Survey also ranks Liverpool in the top five UK destinations for foreign travellers.
Councillor Wendy Simon, the cabinet member for culture and tourism for Liverpool City Council, says that this award is fantastic news. The city has much to offer in terms of rich cultural heritage and history, and it’s a destination travellers don’t want to miss. A large amount of investment has been put into improving what they offer to tourists in recent years – including the cruise liner terminal that allows passengers to begin and end their holidays there, while the city is shopping heaven for millions.
Other top destinations in Europe on the list include (in order): Kiev, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Turin, Italy; St Petersburg, Russia; Naples, Italy; and Valencia, Spain. Aside from this, the top ten quickest growing destinations around the world are (in order): Mar Del Plata, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Kiev, Ukraine; Montevideo, Uruguay; Perth, Australia; Mexico City, Mexico; Hobart, Australia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Moscow, Russia; and Turin, Italy.