Istanbul in Trip Advisor Top 25 World Destinations 2012

Tripadvisor’s Top 10 World Destinations list for 2012 has been released, with Olympic-ready London taking the top spot and last year’s winner, Istanbul, coming in 7th.

Awards are a significant boost to any destination’s reputation and the 2011/2012 summer season saw a real increase in tourism in Istanbul, no doubt influenced by accolades, such as the Tripadvisor Destinations top spot.

The city of Istanbul is a vibrant mix of many cultures, due in part to its location (straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait) and, well, in part to its history of getting conquered. The Hagia Sophia, for example, was a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. You’ll spot Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture around town.

In the fourth year of its awards, TripAdvisor has honored 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.

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

Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations:

  1. London, England
  2. New York City, New York
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Paris, France
  5. San Francisco, California
  6. Marrakech, Morocco
  7. Istanbul, Turkey
  8. Barcelona, Spain
  9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  10. Berlin, Germany
  11. Chicago, Illinois
  12. Florence, Italy
  13. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  14. Sydney, Australia
  15. Beijing, China
  16. Prague, Czech Republic
  17. Las Vegas, Nevada
  18. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  19. Shanghai, China
  20. Honolulu, Hawaii
  21. Los Angeles, California
  22. New Orleans, Louisiana
  23. Cape Town, South Africa
  24. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  25. Dublin, Ireland

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