The top 25 emerging travel destinations, from Kaliningrad to Ipswich

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The top emerging destinations for 2020 have been revealed in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards.

“Emerging” destinations were defined as up-and-coming places with a year-on-year increase in positive TripAdvisor review ratings, which had also seen an increase in “saves” in travellers’ trips.

The Russian province of Kaliningrad came top of the list, followed by Saranda in Albania and Beirut in Lebanon.

The simplified e-visa process introduced by Russia in 2019 was praised by TripAdvisor as making it easier to visit Kaliningrad.

“Travellers are taking full advantage, exploring a stunning city that blends the culture and architecture of eastern Europe and Russia together like nowhere else,” it said.

The only UK destination to make the cut was Ipswich in Suffolk, which came in 14th place.

TripAdvisor has tipped the East Anglian town to become one of the next tourism hotspots.

“A destination that’s managed to keep its historical charm intact, Ipswich is a cultural hub of activity,” said the review site. “From strolling through the arboretum at Christchurch Park, taking in a show at the famous Regent Theatre, viewing Constable’s art at Christchurch Mansion, it’s little wonder travellers are falling in love with Ipswich.

“With superb transport links, an excellent range of accommodation options and ever-growing list of theatres, dance houses and things to do, Ipswich is attracting some well-deserved traveller attention.”

TripAdvisor spokesperson Emma Shaw said of the list: “Based on TripAdvisor reviews, ratings, and opinions from millions of travellers around the world, the winners highlight the destinations that should be on your travel radar now.”

The awards also highlighted the top 25 trending destinations that were already getting their fair share of attention.

Kochi in India, Luzon in the Philippines and Porto in Portugal were first, second and third respectively.

The only UK trending destination was Edinburgh. In at number 23, it was lauded for its heritage, culture and festivals.

Top 25 emerging destinations

  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, 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. Winnipeg, Canada
  24. Darwin, Australia
  25. Agra, India

Top 25 trending destinations

  1. Kochi, India
  2. Luzon, Philippines
  3. Porto, Portugal
  4. Porto Seguro, Brazil
  5. Gramado, Brazil
  6. Lombok, Indonesia
  7. Da Nang, Vietnam
  8. Zakynthos, Greece
  9. Tel Aviv, Israel
  10. Krakow, Poland
  11. Island of Malta, MaltaI
  12. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  13. Cusco, Peru
  14. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  15. Vienna, Austria
  16. Fuerteventura, Spain
  17. Mexico City, Mexico
  18. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  19. Fes, Morocco
  20. Budapest, Hungary
  21. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
  22. Cartagena, Colombia
  23. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  24. Cebu, Philippines
  25. Moscow, Russia


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