The votes are in. All 45 million of them, and according to the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2011, Cape Town is the world’s best destination. The planet’s most popular travel website placed Sydney (Australia) in second place and Machu Picchu (Peru) in third.
“Cape Town is clearly the destination to beat,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson, Emma O’Boyle. “With beautiful scenery, great wine and gorgeous weather, it’s easy to see why Cape Town, which also played host to last year’s World Cup, has topped this year’s list.”
The Travelers' Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of real and unbiased opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined based on a combination of travelers' favorite places and overall destination popularity.
"Millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe have helped identify the world's top travel spots," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "The Travelers' Choice Destinations awards not only recognize some of the most beloved travel destinations worldwide, but serve as inspiration for millions of travelers looking to plan their next trip."
The Top 10 destinations in the world for 2011, according to TripAdvisor are:
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Sydney, Australia
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Paris, France
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- New York City, New York
- Rome, Italy
- London, United Kingdom
- Barcelona, Spain
- Hong Kong, China