TripAdvisor names London world’s best-rated destination for 2019

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TripAdvisor names London world’s best-rated destination for 2019

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26 March 2019

By | 26 March 2019

The UK’s capital is closely followed by Paris and Rome in this year’s Travellers’ Choice awards

London might not be burning right now, but it is definitely hot. At least according to the users of the world’s largest online travel site — TripAdvisor.

London benefited from the royal wedding last year — Shutterstock TripAdvisor names London world’s best-rated destination for 2019 Group Created with Sketch. London benefited from the Royal wedding last year — Shutterstock

In this year’s Travellers’ Choice awards, TripAdvisor has named the capital of the United Kingdom the best-rated destination in the world.

To determine the overall winners for this year, the site used an algorithm based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

London managed to jump from second place in 2018 to the top spot and is closely followed by Paris and Rome.

According to TripAdvisor, the win comes after a huge spotlight shone on the UK last year, as the eagerly awaited wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took place.

“The global fascination with Harry and Meghan clearly has a powerful effect as this is the first time since 2016 that London has topped the world rankings,” said TripAdvisor’s spokesperson, Hayley Coleman.

Paris ranked second in this year’s Traveller Choice awards — Shutterstock TripAdvisor names London world’s best-rated destination for 2019 Group Created with Sketch. Paris ranked second in this year’s Travellers’ Choice awards — Shutterstock

“With the couple’s new Royal baby due imminently, London may continue to reap the rewards of the Harry and Meghan effect into 2020.”

Visit London’s CEO, Laura Citron, said the result is “a true validation of the incredible hard work of our tourism industry, ensuring our visitors have exceptional experiences every single day of the year.”

London has an exciting history as a centre for creativity and free thinking, from Shakespeare to the birth of punk and the catwalks of today. This creative energy and cultural vibrancy can be felt in every aspect of London life: food, fashion, arts, exhibitions, shops, and nightlife,” Citron added.  

Tripadvisor’s Coleman added: “For anyone wishing to cross any of these popular destinations off their travel bucket list, we’d encourage you to plan your visit during off-peak seasons, when you can take advantage of great savings and fewer crowds.”

Top 10 best-rated destinations in the world according to TripAdvisor

  1. London, UK
  2. Paris, France  
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Crete, Greece
  5. Bali, Indonesia
  6. Phuket, Thailand
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Istanbul, Turkey
  9. Marrakech, Morocco
  10. Dubai, UAE

Top 10 best-rated destinations in Europe

  1. London, UK
  2. Paris, France  
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Crete, Greece
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Istanbul, Turkey
  7. Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Majorca, Spain
  10. Tenerife, Spain