An annual survey of destinations is out with respondents, both locals and tourists, naming some of the top places to go in 2022 — the year Britain will become the official 2022 World Cup host.
Nations are ranked based on experience, which includes “choosing a destination that’s not too crowded; scoring a private hotel room, going snorkeling, watching a sunset or unwinding at a golf course; or savoring a meal at a top restaurant.” The survey also looks at access to transportation, cost, attractions, activities and culture.
Dubai has come out on top of a list of 28 destinations, including one from Zimbabwe in second place. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi placed at No. 18. Egypt, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Portugal were among the other cities to make the top 10.
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Miami Beach also made the top 20, rising nine spots from last year. It was followed by the United Kingdom and Italy. Below the list’s top 20 are cities, mostly from South America, such as Rio de Janeiro, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Highlights of the survey include 17 cities being top 40 countries; and hotels in the U.S. ranking second-best.
Of the top destinations, Spain was highest for average length of stay, followed by the United Kingdom, France and North America. TripAdvisor’s travel survey compared the study with a travel survey it conducted in June. When respondents ranked an equal sample of destinations, the United Kingdom came out No. 1, followed by Spain and the United States. Egypt was third.
The city with the longest average stay is Cork, Ireland. It was followed by Dublin, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain. Another Spaniard, Jaume in Alicante Bay, topped the list of most-loved beaches, ahead of Rio de Janeiro, India; Valencia, Spain; and Split, Croatia.
“While the U.S. doesn’t fare very well when it comes to beaches, we’re not surprised that Javea, Florida, is popular with U.S. travelers. Javea is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is about 40 miles south of Miami, making it an excellent beach destination,” said Guillermo Navarro, TripAdvisor’s regional head of Marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Meanwhile, travelers find a Bangkok street to be the most diverse, followed by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Jaume, Spain; and Hong Kong.
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