TripAdvisor names top travel destinations for 2021 and St Ives & London feature

TripAdvisor has announced winners of its Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2021 – and it’s good news for London and St Ives, which both placed on top 10 lists.

The UK capital, which topped the ‘popular destinations’ category last year, has dropped down to number 2.

It was praised for showcasing “many world’s in one” and having “no two days (that) are the same”.

TripAdvisor added: "Explore royal or historic sites, tick off landmarks from your bucket list, eat and drink in exclusive Michelin-starred restaurants, enjoy a pint in a traditional pub, or get lost down winding cobbled streets and see what you stumble across – when it comes to London, the possibilities are endless."

Meanwhile, the Cornish destination came fifth in the ‘emerging destinations category’.

St Ives was celebrated for its “golden sand beaches”, “sheltered coves” and “water sports” activities like surfing, windsurfing and water-skiing.

Two other British destinations narrowly missed out on the top 10 lists.

Edinburgh came in at number 23 in the ‘popular destinations’ category.

It was praised for its “heritage, culture and festivals” as well as opportunities to explore the World Heritage sites of the Old Town and New Town.

Meanwhile, York managed to place at number 22 in the “trending destinations” list.

TripAdvisor celebrated its Roman and Viking history, as well as the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens attraction.

So which other destinations won big in 2021? You can check out the full results below.

TripAdvisor’s top 10 popular destinations in the world for 2021

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, UK
  3. Dubai, UAE
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Paris, France
  6. Hanoi, Vietnam
  7. Crete, Greece
  8. Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Istanbul, Turkey

Tripadvisor’s top 10 emerging destinations in the world for 2021

  1. Martinique
  2. Panama City Beach, Florida, USA
  3. Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
  4. Holbox Island
  5. St Ives, UK
  6. Mazatlan, Mexico
  7. Colorado Springs, USA
  8. Shoalhaven, Australia
  9. Wroclaw, Poland
  10. Mudgee, Australia

TripAdvisor’s top 10 trending destinations in the world for 2021

  1. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  2. Corsica, France
  3. Doha, Qatar
  4. Sanya, China
  5. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
  6. Queenstown, New Zealand
  7. Tulum, Mexico
  8. Natal, Brazil
  9. Kas, Turkey
  10. Guadeloupe

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