TripAdvisor Announces 2012 Travellers' Choice Destinations

London Named World's Best Travel Spot, Siem Reap Best in Asia Based on Opinions from the TripAdvisor Community of Millions

SINGAPORE, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- TripAdvisor( http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg )(TM) the world's largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2012 Travellers' Choice(R) Destinations awards. In the fourth year of its awards, TripAdvisor has honoured 440 outstanding destinations in 37 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.

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The Travellers' Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers' favorites and most highly rated places.

"Whether travellers are looking for a grand annual vacation or a quick weekend getaway, they can be inspired by hundreds of incredible travel destinations as identified by TripAdvisor's community of travellers," said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

London reigns supreme

London was named the world's, Europe's and the UK's best destination. With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games fast approaching, it's a well-timed triumph. Following London in the world stakes were New York City and Rome, in second and third places respectively.

Siem Reap shines in Asia

Siem Reap was rated travellers' favourite destination in Asia. With its rich history and the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, it's no wonder tourists are flocking to Siem Reap. Coming in second and third places were China's main cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

For the complete list of 2012 Travellers' Choice Destinations winners, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/TravelersChoice-Destination( http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destination )s.

Top 25 Travellers' Choice World Destinations:

1. London( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186338-London_England-Vacations.html ), England

2. New York City( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60763-New_York_City_New_York-Vacatio... ), New York

3. Rome( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187791-Rome_Lazio-Vacations.html ), Italy

4. Paris( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187147-Paris_Ile_de_France-Vacations... ), France

5. San Francisco( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60713-San_Francisco_California-Vacat... ), California

6. Marrakech( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293734-Marrakech_Marrakech_Tensift_E... ), Morocco

7. Istanbul( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293974-Istanbul-Vacations.html ), Turkey

8. Barcelona( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187497-Barcelona_Catalonia-Vacations... ), Spain

9. Siem Reap( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297390-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province-... ), Cambodia

10. Berlin( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187323-Berlin-Vacations.html ), Germany

11. Chicago( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g35805-Chicago_Illinois-Vacations.html ), Illinois

12. Florence( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187895-Florence_Tuscany-Vacations.html ), Italy

13. Buenos Aires( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g312741-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_... ), Argentina

14. Sydney( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g255060-Sydney_New_South_Wales-Vacati... ), Australia

15. Beijing( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294212-Beijing-Vacations.html ), China

16. Prague( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g274707-Prague_Bohemia-Vacations.html ), Czech Republic

17. Las Vegas( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g45963-Las_Vegas_Nevada-Vacations.html ), Nevada

18. Bora Bora( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g311415-Bora_Bora_Society_Islands-Vac... ), French Polynesia

19. Shanghai( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g308272-Shanghai-Vacations.html ), China

20. Honolulu( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60982-Honolulu_Oahu_Hawaii-Vacations... ), Hawaii

21. Los Angeles( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32655-Los_Angeles_California-Vacatio... ), California

22. New Orleans( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60864-New_Orleans_Louisiana-Vacation... ), Louisiana

23. Cape Town( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1722390-Cape_Town_Western_Cape-Vacat... ), South Africa

24. Chiang Mai( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1308496-Chiang_Mai_Province-Vacation... ), Thailand

25. Dublin( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186605-Dublin_County_Dublin-Vacation... ), Ireland

Top 25 Travellers' Choice Asia Destinations:

1. Siem Reap( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297390-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province-... ), Cambodia

2. Beijing( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294212-Beijing-Vacations.html ), China

3. Shanghai( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g308272-Shanghai-Vacations.html ), China

4. Chiang Mai( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293917-Chiang_Mai-Vacations.html ), Thailand

5. Male( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298571-Male-Vacations.html ), Maldives

6. Goa( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297604-Goa-Vacations.html ), India

7. Boracay( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294260-Boracay_Visayas-Vacations.html ), Philippines

8. Hong Kong( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294217-Hong_Kong-Vacations.html ), China

9. Hanoi( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293924-Hanoi-Vacations.html ), Vietnam

10. Kathmandu( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293890-Kathmandu-Vacations.html ), Nepal

11. Kyoto( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298564-Kyoto_Kyoto_Prefecture_Kinki-... ), Japan

12. Tokyo( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298184-Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto-... ), Japan

13. Singapore( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294265-Singapore-Vacations.html )

14. Ubud( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297701-Ubud_Bali-Vacations.html ), Indonesia

15. Hoi An( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298082-Hoi_An_Quang_Nam_Province-Vac... ), Vietnam

16. Luang Prabang( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g295415-Luang_Prabang-Vacations.html ), Laos

17. Xi'an( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298557-Xi_an_Shaanxi-Vacations.html ), China

18. Ko Phi Phi Don( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g303908-Ko_Phi_Phi_Don_Krabi_Province... ), Thailand

19. Taipei( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293913-Taipei-Vacations.html ), Taiwan

20. Koh Tao( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g303910-Koh_Tao_Surat_Thani_Province-... ), Thailand

21. Seoul( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294197-Seoul-Vacations.html ), South Korea

22. Ho Chin Minh City( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293925-Ho_Chi_Minh_City-Vacations.html ), Vietnam

23. New Delhi( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g304551-New_Delhi_National_Capital_Te... ), India

24. Varanasi( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297685-Varanasi_Uttar_Pradesh-Vacati... ), India

25. Halong Bay( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293923-Halong_Bay_Quang_Ninh_Provinc... ), Vietnam

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012
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