followsummer Travel News for March 24th, 2016
What Are the World’s Most Popular Destinations?
Travelers have spoken, and TripAdvisor has analyzed the results. London is the top destination in the world based on an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide. The results were gathered over a one-year period.
“The Travelers’ Choice Destination awards recognize the world’s most beloved travel spots, based on feedback and booking interest from the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those planning a summer vacation, now is a great time to plan a trip to one of these popular destinations where hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $200 per night from June through August.”
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London has been named the world’s No 1 destination by travelers, but not every visitor is in love with Britain’s capital.
Hilarious and blistering TripAdvisor reviews have revealed the opinions of those who left with a bad impression thanks to rip-off prices, huge crowds, and tacky tourist traps. These are some of the most amusing one-star reviews of attractions such as Buckingham Palace (‘they’re not even at home’) and Madame Tussauds (‘my earwax is more interesting’).
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Hate layovers tacked onto already lengthy flights?
Ultra-long-haul craft like the Airbus A350 XWB and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner could make them a thing of the past. Some airlines are building new route strategies based on these long-range capabilities. For example, United Airlines is focusing on expanding its presence in Asia. The airline will begin flights from San Francisco to Singapore on June 1 using 787s. In the past, many routes to destinations in Southeast Asia like Singapore included stops in Tokyo or Hong Kong. The new planes make it possible and, more importantly, cost effective to operate direct flights to destinations that previously required two or more legs.
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