March 04, 2020

Tripadvisor Reveals 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards for New Trending and Emerging Destinations

Key Largo, Fla. Named #1 Trending U.S. Destination; Tulsa, Okla. Among Top Emerging Destinations Worldwide

Tripadvisor® announced the winners of the 2020 Travelers' Choice® Awards for Destinations. The annual destination awards include two new categories. First, Trending, recognizes destinations that saw the biggest increase in positive reviews, booking interest and searches over the last year. Second, Emerging, looking ahead to what's next — the destinations still ahead of the curve that travelers are already saving to their Trips on Tripadvisor, a great indicator of up and coming hotspots.

Natural Attractions Trending for 2020

Key Largo has been named the top-trending destination in the U.S. for 2020, according to Tripadvisor global traveler data. This 30-mile-long island is a premiere playground for travelers looking for scuba diving adventure, and is home to the world's largest artificial reef. Many of the other domestic trending destinations are a nature lover's paradise. From Moab's red rock arches to Fairbanks' northern lights, scenic destinations across the country surged in popularity this past year.

Top 25 Trending Destinations in the U.S.

  1. Key Largo, Fla.
  2. Moab, Utah
  3. Anna Maria Island, Fla.
  4. Santa Barbara, Calif.
  5. Brooklyn, N.Y.
  6. Saint Louis, Mo.
  7. Park City, Utah
  8. Fairbanks, Alaska
  9. Healdsburg, Calif.
  10. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  11. Bend, Ore.
  12. Louisville, Ky.
  13. Houston, Texas
  14. Beaver Creek, Colo.
  15. Memphis, Tenn.
  16. Detroit, Mich.
  17. Page, Ariz.
  18. Greenville, S.C.
  19. Portland, Maine
  20. Charlotte, N.C.
  21. Indianapolis, Ind.
  22. Chatham, Mass.
  23. Sevierville, Tenn.
  24. West Yellowstone, Mont.
  25. Eureka Springs, Ark.
Tripadvisor also revealed the top trending destinations in the world, with Kochi, India ranking #1. The top 5 Trending Destinations - World are:

  1. Kochi (Cochin), India
  2. Luzon, Philippines
  3. Porto, Portugal
  4. Porto Seguro, Brazil
  5. Gramado, Brazil
Under the Radar Destinations Emerging in New Decade of Travel

The Tripadvisor 2020 Emerging Destination winners are all about what's next - "ahead of the curve" places around the world, according to Tripadvisor review interest and Saves data. Kaliningrad, a tiny sliver of Russia between the Baltic Sea, Poland and Lithuania, has been revealed as the #1 Emerging Destination for 2020.

The only U.S. destination to make the global Emerging winner list is Tulsa, Oklahoma. Travelers across the globe are noticing Tulsa for its culture, food, and robust arts scene. Those who crave sunshine will also find a lot to love, with more than 140 parks within the city limits and endless opportunities to stop and smell the roses (and other flowers) at the Tulsa Botanic Garden.

Top 25 Emerging Destinations in the World

  1. Kaliningrad, Russia
  2. Saranda, Albania
  3. Beirut, Lebanon
  4. Luxor, Egypt
  5. Naoussa, Greece
  6. Rugen Island, Germany
  7. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
  8. Monopoli, Italy
  9. La Paz, Mexico
  10. Curaçao, Caribbean
  11. Ile d'Oleron, France
  12. Guayaquil, Ecuador
  13. Tulsa, Okla., United States
  14. Ipswich, United Kingdom
  15. Franschhoek, South Africa
  16. Tangier, Morocco
  17. Takamatsu, Japan
  18. Cala d'Or, Spain
  19. Petropolis, Brazil
  20. Antwerp, Belgium
  21. Mirissa, Sri Lanka
  22. Alvor, Portugal
  23. innipeg, Canada
  24. Darwin, Australia
  25. Agra, India

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