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For 2nd year in row, Kerala tops list of most welcoming places: Report

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Kerala has topped the list of ‘the most welcoming places’ in the country for the second consecutive year with four of its cities/tourism spots finding place among the list of top 10 such places this year. According to a ranking by international travel site Booking.com’s ‘traveller review awards 2020, Mararikulam, Varkala, Thekkady and Kollam in Kerala have found their place in the top 10 list.

The second state in the list is Goa with Agonda and Palolem, says a statement issued by Booking.com on Wednesday. The list as a whole is topped by Agonda in Goa followed by Mararikulam of Kerala.

The other places in the list include Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, said Ritu Mehrotra, country manager for India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives at Booking.com.

On a global level the list the most welcoming place on the earth is Goreme in Turkey (for the second year in a row) followed by Tatranska Lomnica and in Slovakia, Phong Nha in Vietnam, Kobarid in Slovenia, Cochem in Germany, Doolin of Ireland, Taitung City in Taiwan Italy’s Schenna, Monte Verde of Brazil and Lake Tekapo of New Zealand, the Amsterdam-based portal said.

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Kochi Emerged As The Top Trending Destination Globally: TripAdvisor

Tripadvisor has announced the winners of the 2020 Travellers' Choice Destination awards. The awards include two new categories: Trending, recognizing traveller-loved destinations that are on the rise, having seen the biggest spikes in positive reviews and ratings over the last year, and Emerging - looking ahead to what’s next — the destinations still ahead of the curve that smart travellers are already saving to their Trips on Tripadvisor, a great indicator of up and coming hotspots.

“It’s fantastic to see Indian destinations making their presence felt on the world map and given this achievement is based on feedback and growing interest from travellers, it becomes even more noteworthy! Everyone seeks inspiration from various quarters while planning their travel and the best trips often turn out to be inspired and guided by people similar to you who’ve been there before. I am confident the Travellers’ Choice Destinations list will impel travellers across the globe to plan travel to some very fascinating places” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, Tripadvisor India.

Kochi has earned its bucket list status, seeing the biggest spike in top reviews, ratings and traveller interest on Tripadvisor over the last year. “It is a proud moment for Kerala Tourism that our Kochi is named the world’s number one Trending destination on Tripadvisor. It is to the credit of excellent tourism marketing and promotion strategy of government and enterprising tourism industry partners. This achievement will propel Kochi and Kerala to great heights in the Tourism sector” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala.

The top 25 global trending destinations are 1. Kochi, India 2. Luzon, Philippines 3. Porto, Portugal 4. Porto Seguro, Brazil 5. Gramado, Brazil 6. Lombok, Indonesia 7. Da Nang, Vietnam 8. Zakynthos, Greece 9. Tel Aviv, Israel 10. Krakow, Poland 11. Island of Malta, Malta 12. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 13. Cusco, Peru 14. Buenos Aires, Argentina 15. Vienna, Austria 16. Fuerteventura, Spain 17. Mexico City, Mexico 18. Chiang Mai, Thailand 19. Fes, Morocco 20. Budapest, Hungary 21. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania 22.Cartagena, Colombia 23. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 24. Cebu, Philippines and 25. Moscow, Russia

While Kochi emerged as the topmost global trending destination, Kaliningrad, a tiny sliver of Russia trapped between the Baltic Sea, Poland and Lithuania - has been revealed as the top Emerging Destination for 2020, according to Tripadvisor data based on review, interest and ‘Saves’ on the platform.
 
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