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REVEALED: 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice award winners

World’s largest travel site reveals its top hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences, airlines, beaches and destinations for 2020.

Kaliningrad, Russia


From familiar faces to parts less known but quickly rising, Tripadvisor has just unveiled the winners of its 2020 Travellers' Choice awards. 


The annual awards recognise the destinations, beaches, hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and airlines most popular with its users, and as the self-proclaimed world’s largest travel site, there are a lot of those. 


This year, the awards include two new categories: trending and emerging destinations, which were given based on “the biggest spikes in positive reviews and ratings over the last year” and the places “travellers are already saving to their Trips on Tripadvisor” respectively.


Awarded world’s top Trending Destination was the southwestern Indian port city of Kochi, which edged Luzon (The Philippines), Porto (Portugal) and the Brazilian cities of Porto Seguro and Gramado. 


Kochi, India


Of the world’s top Emerging Destinations, the little known Russian city of Kaliningrad came out on top, followed by Saranda (Albania), Beirut (Lebanon), Luxor (Egypt) and Naoussa (Greece). Locally, Darwin also made the list of top 25 emerging spots.


“The Trending and Emerging Destination winners are based on the feedback and growing interest from travellers on Tripadvisor, and are therefore fantastic sources of inspiration and planning for discovering somewhere new,” Tripadvisor VP of Brand Neela Pal said. 


“From the hot destinations our Tripadvisor travellers are currently loving, to fascinating new places whetting the appetite of more adventurous explorers - these winners are all ones to watch, and hopefully visit!”


When it comes to the top (read most popular) destinations overall, the usual suspects London, Paris and Rome finished first to third, while closer to home, Bali and Phuket also finished strongly, in fifth and sixth places respectively. Sydney finished 24th in this list.


Phi Phi Island, Phuket, Thailand


Among shorelines, Baia do Sancho (Brazil) was awarded world’s top beach, while Manly Beach and Surfers Paradise placed 18th and 23rd respectively. 


Tulemar Bungalows & Villas (Costa Rica) was named the world’s top hotel, TRB Hutong (China) the top restaurant, Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour (Italy) the top experience, and Universal's Islands of Adventure (Florida) the top attraction. Singapore Airlines was deemed top airline.


Top 10 Global Trending Destinations 

Kochi (Cochin), India

Luzon, Philippines

Porto, Portugal

Porto Seguro, Brazil

Gramado, Brazil

Lombok, Indonesia

Da Nang, Vietnam

Zakynthos, Greece

Tel Aviv, Israel

Krakow, Poland


Top 10 Global Emerging Destinations

Saranda, Albania

Beirut, Lebanon

Luxor, Egypt

Naoussa, Greece

Rugen Island, Germany

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Monopoli, Italy

La Paz, Mexico

Curaçao, Caribbean 


Do these winners ring true to you?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 25 February 2020

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