Towards the end of last year, TripAdvisor hosted the “Travellers’ Choice Awards”, chosen as the name indicates by “millions of travelers”. Among the different categories, the portal also included a list of ‘destinations on the rise” that could have an excellent 2014.
TripAdvisor is the global travel search engine, with a direct line into user behavior on where travelers are actually planning and going, instead of just intent.
When TripAdvisor recommends a place, it’s certainly more relevant than the dry descriptions offered by publishing powerhouses like Lonely Planet or Fodor’s, which although have great quality content, they don’t necessarily have their ear to the ground the same way TripAdvisor does.
TripAdvisor’s “Destinations on the Rise” highlights the places that have seen the “greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest”, based on millions and millions of searches and reviews.
Lo’ and behold, Bucharest received a nod, a sign that Little Paris impressed the TripAdvisor users that walked down its streets and partied in its clubs.
The Romanian Capital was included on the European list of Destinations on the rise.
- Corralejo, Spain
- Porto, Portugal
- Krakow, Poland
- Goreme, Turkey
- Helsinki, Finland
- Bucharest, Romania
- Palermo, Italy
- Oslo, Norway
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Riga, Latvia
TripAdvisor’s description of Bucharest:
“Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the Dambovita was the first of flotillas of palaces, many of which still stand. Four subway lines and a modern bus network transport visitors and commuters. Nicknamed “Little Paris”, Bucharest’s elegant early 20th-century architecture shows French influences. Don’t miss the Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum and the Peasant Museum. You can’t miss the Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world (after the Pentagon).”
1.632.469 foreign tourists visited Romania last year, and left EUR 1 bln in the country, according to the National Statistics Institute. 650.000 of foreigners traveled to Bucharest, however more frequently than not they were in town on business trips, not for tourism.
As such, it seems that Brasov is the number one urban destination for foreign tourists in Romania with 119.000 foreigners travelling here last year.
Foreign tourists also preferred to travel to Timis (75.000), Sibiu (71.000) and Mures (65.000). The 330.000 tourists that checked in hotels in these counties represent 20% of all the foreign travellers that checked in hotels in Romania between January and November of last year.