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Destinations on the Rise for 2016

TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise.

Gatlinburg in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains is named the top U.S. destination on the rise, while the beach resort town of Tulum, Mexico earned the ranking of number one in the world. In addition to the U.S. and world, Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also revealed for Asia, Europe, South America and the South Pacific.

The awards highlight 52 destinations around the world selected by using an algorithm that primarily measured the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants and attractions, across destinations worldwide.

“Our well-traveled community has helped us identify the destinations around the world that are gaining in interest and popularity,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “We hope these destinations inspire those planning their travel for 2016 to book trips to these locales that feature excellent hotels, restaurants and attractions, and also provide a great vacation value.”

Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – U.S:

1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee (+67% booking interest YoY)

Tucked away in the peaks of eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg offers outdoor recreation year-round in the Great Smoky Mountains National Parkdescribed by a TripAdvisor reviewer as “beautiful, clean and very peaceful.” After exploring the scenic sights, travelers can dine on delicious American cuisine at the Cherokee Grill where guests rave about the steak, savory mac and cheese and Maryland crab cakes.

Great value hotel options in Gatlinburg:

·       Zoders Inn & Suites, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $100 per night

·       Baymont Inn & Suites Gatlinburg on the River, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $102 per night

·       Bent Creek Golf Village, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $125 per night.

 

 

2. Orange Beach, Alabama (+91% booking interest YoY)

Located on the sun-kissed shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach is a great location for travelers seeking rest and relaxation. TripAdvisor reviewers recommend a sunset catamaran cruise with Sail Wild Hearts where they will see “absolutely breathtaking scenery.” Those craving fresh Gulf seafood must try the “artfully presented” fare such as the fried oyster with caviar at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina.

Great value hotel options in Orange Beach:

·       Fairfield Inn & Suites Orange Beach, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $130 per night

·       Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $142 per night

·       The Island House Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $178 per night

3. Destin, Florida (+32% booking interest YoY)

Known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village,” Destin is home to miles of white-sand beaches with glistening turquoise water includingHenderson Beach State Park, referred to as a “hidden treasure” by one TripAdvisor reviewer. After spending the day frolicking in the sun, travelers are invited to enjoy the “Catch of the Day” while watching the sunset at the Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn.

Great value hotel options in Destin:

·       Wingate by Wyndham Destin, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $123 per night

·       Candlewood Suites Destin – Miramar Beach, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $124 per night

·       Fairfield Inn & Suites Destin, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $149 per night

4. South Lake Tahoe, California (+34% booking interest YoY)

Home to the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe offers stunning panoramic views that can be seen from the Gondola at Heavenly—something that “everyone needs to experience,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer. In between outdoor adventures, travelers can refuel atBase Camp Pizza Co. serving the “best pie on the planet.”

Great value hotel options in South Lake Tahoe:

·       Alder Inn, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $120 per night

·       Americana Village, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $148 per night

·       Stardust Lodge, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $158 per night

5. Jackson, Wyoming (+40% booking interest YoY)

Nestled in the Hoback Mountain Range, Jackson serves as an ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Travelers will have the chance to explore Yellowstone National Park during an excursion with BrushBuck Wildlife Tours where they’ll catch a glimpse of roaming bear, bison and elk. For a “really yummy and fun experience,” TripAdvisor reviewers suggest the tapas and wine at Bin 22.

Great value hotel options in Jackson:

·       Elk Country Inn, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $108 per night

·       Cowboy Village Resort, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $134 per night

·       Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $154 per night

6. Estes Park, Colorado (+56% booking interest YoY)

Located in the Rocky Mountains, this scenic destination is a nature lover’s paradise. Travelers are invited to view the magnificent vistas from the Estes Park Aerial Tramway, described as “a must if you like breathtaking views,” by one TripAdvisor reviewer. In between outdoor adventures, guests can indulge in scrumptious comfort food at the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern, a “great local bar with fabulous eats and excellent service.”

Great value hotel options in Estes Park:

·       Discovery Lodge, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $74 per night

·       Deer Crest Resort, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $102 per night

·       The Maxwell Inn, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $113 per night

7. Anchorage, Alaska (+34% booking interest YoY)

From the shores of Bootleggers Cove to the snow-covered peaks of the Chugach Mountains, this unique city has it all. TripAdvisor reviewers recommend biking along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which provides a “great Anchorage experience.” At Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, travelers will be delighted by the “tastiest and most interesting pizzas in all of Alaska,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer.

Great value hotel options in Anchorage:

·       The Lakefront Anchorage, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $118 per night

·       Hampton Inn Anchorage, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $163 per night

·       Historic Anchorage Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $164 per night

8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (+31% booking interest YoY)

This year Pittsburgh has attracted travelers from around the world with its colorful history and charm. Visitors to Steel City will be enlightened byThe Nationality Rooms, which provide an “interesting glimpse into the nationalities and culture of the people who settled in the area,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer. Travelers can continue their cultural excursion over dinner at Istanbul Sofra, where they’ll enjoy a “delicious and authentic Turkish meal.”

Great value hotel options in Pittsburgh:

·       Hampton Inn Pittsburgh/Greentree, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $125 per night

·       DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Green Tree, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $147 per night

·       Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $182 per night

9. Portland, Maine (+36% booking interest YoY)

Along the rocky coast of southern Maine lies the quaint city of Portland, where travelers walk along brick sidewalks lined with trendy cafés, boutiques and art galleries. After exploring the outdoors, travelers are encouraged to check out the installations at the Portland Museum of Art, described as a “jewel box” by one TripAdvisor reviewer. For a “culinary delight,” travelers recommend Street and Co. where guests rave about the Maine lobster bread pudding.

Great value hotel options in Portland:

·       Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $150  per night

·       Holiday Inn Portland by the Bay, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $160 per night

·       Courtyard Portland Downtown/Waterfront, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $165 per night

10. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (+13% booking interest YoY)

This historic fishing village located on the sun-soaked Kona Coast, now serves as an idyllic retreat where travelers can explore the natural splendor of Hawaii. TripAdvisor reviewers suggest paying a visit to the Mauna Kea Summit, which provides “once-in-a-lifetime views.” As the day winds down, travelers are invited to dine on local seafood while watching the sunset at Fish Hopper Seafood and Steaks.

 

Great value hotel options in Kailua-Kona:

·       Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $214 per night

·       Wyndham Mauna Loa Village, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $247 per night

·       Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of  $269 per night

Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – World:

1.     Tulum, Mexico  (+74% booking interest YoY)

2.     Cartagena, Colombia  (+49% booking interest YoY)

3.     Porto, Portugal (+39% booking interest YoY)

4.     Gatlinburg, Tennessee (+67% booking interest YoY)

5.     Moscow, Russia (+27% booking interest YoY)

6.     Brighton, United Kingdom (+60% booking interest YoY)

7.     New Delhi, India (+28% booking interest YoY)

8.     Banff, Canada (+43% booking interest YoY)

9.     Lima, Peru (+33% booking interest YoY)

10.  Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (+34% booking interest YoY)

 

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