The tourist destinations on the rise

14th Nov 2012
Written by: Macca Sherifi

The tourist destinations on the rise

Mar Del Plata in Argentina voted as the fastest-growing tourist destination

At gapyear.com we’ve always got our finger on the pulse and we’re always trying to find the most up-and-coming destinations to travel to. Well, TripAdvisor have made our job a little easier by releasing a survey of the fastest-growing tourist destinations around the world.

Mar Del Plata in Argentina topped this list, with Sao Paulo in Brazil coming in second and Kiev in the Ukraine coming in third.

Mar Del Plata is beautiful city located south of the capital Buenos Aires. The fact that the top two cities are in Argentina and Brazil just goes to show how popular South America is at the moment. And we’ve been tipping the Ukraine as an up-and-coming destination for a while now.

Surprisingly, four UK cities were in the top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations in the UK, showing the positive effect that the ‘Jubilympics’ had on the country.

Mar Del Plata in Argentina voted as the fastest-growing tourist destination

Emma Shaw, spokeswoman for TripAdvsior, said: “All winners should be incredibly proud of their award – not only has traveller interest in their destination increased, but each city has also seen an increase in positive feedback on their hotels, restaurants and things to do.

“For those unsure about where to travel next year, this list may offer welcome inspiration. With the hangover of the Jubilympics set to hit in 2013, it’s great to see four UK destinations recognised in what may mean a great boost to the UK’s tourism industry.”

Where are you planning on going next year? Jump on the message boards and let us know!

If you’re planning a gap year then let us help you – head to our planning section and start planning your trip.

These were the European top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations:

  1. Kiev, Ukraine
  2. Moscow, Russia
  3. Turin, Italy
  4. St Petersburg, Russia
  5. Naples, Italy
  6. Glasgow, UK
  7. Manchester, UK
  8. Belfast, UK
  9. Valencia, Spain
  10. Liverpool, UK

World’s top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations:

  1. Mar Del Plata, Argentina
  2. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  3. Kiev, Ukraine
  4. Montevideo, Uruguay
  5. Perth, Australia
  6. Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Hobart, Australia
  8. Guadalajara, Mexico
  9. Moscow, Russia
  10. Turin, Italy
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