TripAdvisor Reveals The Top Landmarks Of 2018

The travel website TripAdvisor just released its 2018 list of the world’s most popular landmarks. Writers behind this study said they determined their findings using a sophisticated algorithm able to measure the number of positive reviews for all the landmarks listed on their site over the past year.

 

Number one this year went to northern Cambodia’s massive Angkor Wat Archeological Park. Situated near the city of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat measures about 155 square miles, making it one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat has one of the world’s most impressive collections of Hindu and Buddhist-inspired architecture.

 

Spain’s Plaza de España in Seville took the second place on this year’s landmark list. Created in 1928 for a major exhibition, guests absolutely love the Plaza de España’s ideal location in the Parque de María Luisa.

 

Winner of the third place spot on TripAdvisor’s list was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dubai. Although this opulent mosque has the largest carpet in the world, it is not the largest in the world. Saudi Arabia’s holy Masjid al-Haram, of course, has the distinction as the world’s largest mosque.

 

Coming in fourth place this year was the Vatican City’s Saint Peter’s Basilica. With an interior length of 693 feet and a width of 450 feet at the transept, this masterful basilica remains the largest Roman Catholic church in the world.

 

Another major site in Spain clinched the fifth place position on TripAdvisor’s 2018 landmarks list. The Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, which was initially a mosque, is now one of Spain’s most impressive Roman Catholic cathedrals. Visitors are especially impressed with this church’s hundreds of columns made with precious materials like onyx and jasper.

 

From number six to ten, here are the rest of the top picks on TripAdvisor’s 2018 list: the Taj Mahal, Duomo di Milano, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Budapest’s Houses of Parliament.

 

Disney Theme Parks Remain The World’s Most Popular, New Study Shows

Every year the non-profit Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the firm AECOM collect attendance data at the world’s biggest theme parks, water parks, and museums. Just recently, the two groups published their intriguing findings from the 2017 tourism season.

 

Overall, Walt Disney Attractions had the highest attendance in 2017 with 150 million guests worldwide. That’s an increase of 6.8 percent from 2016’s numbers. Second and third place in this category went to Merlin Entertainments Group and Universal Parks & Resorts, respectively.

 

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Orlando dominated this year’s list for the most visited theme parks. Study authors note this mainly had to do with the opening of the new Avatar-themed area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay.

 

First place in the global theme park category went to Disney’s iconic Magic Kingdom in Orlando, which brought in roughly 20.4 million tourists in 2017. While it’s only a 0.3 percent increase from 2016, the Magic Kingdom remains the best performing theme park in the world.

 

The second most popular theme park in 2017 was Anaheim’s Disneyland and the third was Tokyo Disneyland. Universal Studios was able to clinch the fourth spot with its Osaka theme park, but Disney also took home the number five position with its Tokyo DisneySea.

 

With a recent $10 billion investment, analysts don’t expect Orlando to lose its dominant position in the tourism industry anytime soon. In fact, study authors believe Orlando will only grow in the ensuing years with the future development of restaurants, shopping areas, and more themed attractions.

WalletHub Releases List Of Top US Summer Travel Destinations

The company WalletHub just released their 2018 picks for the best American cities for a summer vacation. While all of these locations have plenty of attractions, one of the main priorities with these choices was affordability.

 

Analysts behind this list researched 100 major metropolitan areas across the USA using six main criteria: ease of travel, local costs, number of attractions, weather, activities, and safety. After ranking each of these locations, they averaged out the scores to find out what city offered the best bang for a traveler’s buck.

 

The overall best city for a summer vacation according to WalletHub is Washington, DC. One of the main draws to the nation’s capital is the fact that so many iconic attractions like the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian museums are 100 percent free.

 

Number two on WalletHub’s list is a popular city for kids (and kids at heart): Orlando. Of course, Orlando’s main strength is its world-renowned theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and Seaworld.

 

Coming in at third place is Austin, Texas. Study authors note Austin is the perfect city for people who want a summer vacation filled with award-winning live music concerts.

 

From number four to ten, here are the rest of WalletHub’s absolute best picks for summer destinations: Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Houston.

 

In terms of individual categories, here’s how the winners sorted out: Cincinnati took the prize in the ease of travel category, Oklahoma City won for the lowest local costs, Los Angeles had the most attractions, Honolulu had the best weather, New York City had the most activities guests could participate in, and Maine’s Portland won for the safest travel destination.

Huge Italian Restaurant Opens In Paris’s 13th Arrondissement

Even expert foodies have a difficult time getting into Paris’s many chic restaurants. Thankfully for tourists, one of the hottest new restaurants in The City of Lights also happens to be the largest in the country.

 

This trendy new restaurant is named La Felicità and measures approximately 43,000 square feet. This restaurant also includes a bar area, a beer garden, and a terrace able to hold 500 people. Chefs working in five kitchens should be able to handle even the busiest crowds.

 

As you could probably tell from the name, La Felicità focuses on Italian fare. For those who aren’t in the mood for pizza & pasta, La Felicità also has an extensive list of classic American burgers.

 

Besides enjoying savory meals with friends & family, the creators of La Felicità wanted to make their restaurant a special experience for guests. Throughout the year, staff at La Felicità schedule special live music events, activities for children, and even World Cup parties Waiters with carts of fresh gelato also circulate around the restaurant at all times.

 

Interestingly, La Felicità is situated in Paris’s industrial 13th arrondissement. In the past, tourists used to avoid this area of Paris mainly because of the lack of major landmarks. Nowadays, however, the 13th arrondissement has experienced a resurgence thanks in large part to new restaurants and a vibrant street art scene.

 

Situated in the southeast of Paris, the 13th arrondissement’s best-known building is the National Library of France. Probably the most visited area of the city is the Chinatown district located in the southern area of the arrondissement.

 

People in Paris can visit La Felicità any day of the week between 8AM and 2AM. You can find La Felicità at 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol.

Five Cities With The Best Hotels Revealed In Lastminute.com Report

The travel company lastminute.com used its extensive data on hotel bookings and reviews to compile a list of the best cities for hotels in five regions of the world. In addition to listing the cities with the best hotels, lastminute.com revealed the best attractions and ideal times to travel in each location.

 

Starting off in Europe, lastminute.com chose the Spanish capital Madrid as it’s top pick. Reviewers had a tough time choosing a top sight in Madrid, but they recommended taking in the city’s exceptional art museums or relaxing on Gran Via. According to this list, the best times to visit Madrid are between March – May or September – November.

 

Moving on to North America, lastminute.com chose Houston as it’s premiere pick. Tourists who only have a day or two to spare in Houston are advised to stay in the downtown area. Weather-wise, the best time to visit this Texan city is between February – April or September – November.

 

The city of Montevideo won the award for the best hotels in South America. One of the best areas in the city for tourists is the historic Ciudad Vieja to the west of Plaza Independencia. People who want to visit Uruguay’s capital when it’s nice and warm should book their trip between October – March.

 

South Africa’s Cape Town came in first in lastminute.com’s list of the best African cities for hotels. A few activities writers suggested doing while in Cape Town include walking on the city’s beaches, climbing up Lion’s Head, and eating at Constantia. Peak weather season in Cape Town is between January – April.

 

Lastly, the best city for hotels in Asia & Oceania is Guangzhou, China. Although Guangzhou is fully modernized, it has many links to the ancient past at sites like the Guangxiao Temple. It’s best to visit Guangzhou between October – December.

Kim Dao Reviews Newly Opened Tokyo Pokémon Café

Kim Dao is one of the most famous Australian travel vloggers on YouTube. Although Kim has traveled to many countries in Asia, Oceania, and Europe, her most popular videos have to do with Japan. One of Kim’s latest vlogs takes interested tourists to one of Tokyo’s hottest new Pokémon-themed cafés.

Anyone who knows about Kim Dao knows that she’s obsessed with all things Pokémon. So, it’s understandable that Kim Dao is super excited to share her experience at this new café with her subscribers at the start of her vlog.

Before she gets to enjoy food at this new café, however, Kim Dao says she has to do filming and editing work at the Tokyo Creative studio in Shibuya. When she gets to Shibuya Crossing, Kim shows us all the crowds of people passing by at this famous landmark.

After a hard day’s work, it’s finally time for Kim Dao to visit the new Pokémon café with friends. She first decides to order the carbonara for ¥1,480. She also orders a fruit ice cream parfait dessert that has a Pikachu theme.

While she’s eating her Pokémon-inspired food, Kim Dao spots a giant Pikachu dancing around the store. This cute Pikachu is wearing an adorable chef’s outfit.

At the end of the vlog, Kim Dao highly recommends anyone visiting Tokyo visit the Pokémon Café. Although it’s a bit expensive, Kim believes the quality of the food and service merits the price. Tourists can easily find this café nearby the Pokémon Center in Nihonbashi.

China Southern Slashing Prices to Entice Visitors

As leisure travel to and from China is on the upswing, airlines are striking while the iron is hot. Government-owned and operated China Southern is offering a special introductory fare on its premium economy seats in an effort to encourage travel from London to the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The special fares offer the premium seats for the same price as economy. Offered just three times per week, this route will exclusively use Airbus A330 aircraft.

China Southern is seeking to capitalize on the boom in Chinese travel while also enticing visitors to check out the city of Wuhan. The airline is additionally offering great deals to the Chinese city of Guangzhou and beyond to international destinations such as Auckland, Sydney, and Bangkok. Nick Newman, the commercial manager at the UK division of China Southern said that the airline is in an introductory phase attempting to convince travelers to choose travel to China over other destinations. The hook is the premium seats at economy prices.

Comparing prices in the coming months demonstrates the airline’s commitment to this strategy. When examing routes to Sydney from London, China Southern boasted the lowest fares of any airline, often at hundreds of pounds cheaper than its competitors. One of the chief initiatives is to promote travel from Europe to Australia by way of China.

As a partner in the SkyTeam Alliance, China Southern is a relatively new airline, founded in 1998 as part of the country’s realignment of its state-owned airlines.

London’s Sweet Tooth Tours Now Offers A Guided Tour Of Soho

A new dessert taste testing area was just added to London’s Sweet Tooth Tours roster. This new tasty tour leads guests around the British capital’s Soho district to test five of the area’s latest and greatest cafés and bakeries.

Groups of no more than six get instant access to some of Soho’s superb shops offering sugary treats. In addition to enjoying delicious desserts, guests get to learn about the people and history behind these exquisite confections.

In addition to the five pastries, guests also get a hot beverage and one bottle of water on their tour. All tours are designed and led by professional pastry chef Lynne Staartjes, to ensure high-quality.

Staartjes, how was trained at the Cordon Bleu, initially started the Sweet Tooth Tours in 2017. In interviews with the press, Staartjes says she created these tours to combine her three greatest passions: London, meeting new people, and, of course, desserts.

Besides the Soho tour, interested visitors could choose to book tours like signature Belgravia tour, sugar & spice, vegan-friendly, and a bespoke tour. There’s also a private tour for those who are willing to spend a bit extra.

Most taste testing sessions last about 2.5 hours. All of the available tour days are listed on the Sweet Tooth Tours’ website. Prices range from £58 to £400 per person.

Today, Sweet Tooth Tours is gaining more mainstream attention in the UK thanks to positive reviews in major newspapers. Just two major publications to feature stories on Sweet Tooth Tours include The Guardian and Town & Country.

People can learn more about Sweet Tooth Tours and book a tour of their own at https://www.sweettoothtours.com/. Sweet Tooth Tours also has a big social media presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Osaka as the Main Attraction for Luxury

Japan is quickly becoming the main stopping point for tourists looking for a safe country to visit. The rich cultural landscape and beautiful mountain ranges make it an ideal location for anyone seeking something different. One location that tourists go to is the major city of Osaka, which is located on the western side of the main island of Honshu. Osaka has a rich cultural landscape, which is deeply seeded into the past. While other cities in Japan have embraced western ideas and are focused on westernizing generally through the adoption of English as a second language, Osaka remains true to Japanese traditional values which makes it an incredible destination for those interested in seeing how the real Japan is. One of the main things to look at in Osaka is lodging as the city has its fair share of luxury hotels, as outlined on Forbes (https://www.forbestravelguide.com/destinations/osaka-japan).

These hotels offer an interesting combination of familiar Western amenities with traditional Japanese settings. Not only are you able to sit back and enjoy a good night of watching movies on a TV but also have the ability to enjoy the experience of an authentic tea ceremony in action. This combination of East and West means that tourists can experience the ultimate of traveling trip. The experiences witnessed on such a trip can be told to family members for years to come. This is a big deal for trip enthusiasts and those interested in Asia alike. Osaka is the ultimate location to visit.

Japan as the Ultimate Tourist Location

Japan probably does not strike you as being a very interesting place to travel to as a tourist. The modern industrial complex of the country and the fact that much of the traditional rural areas are devoid of life makes the cost of the trip not especially appealing to those not accustomed to what is available. Surprisingly, as mentioned in an article from Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/anismuslimin/2018/04/04/japans-richest-2018-tourism-takeover/#e4a95f8554a1), Japan is actually seeing a massive increase in tourism lately, to a degree that it may be able to significantly boost the economy of the country and move it into a new period of national prosperity.

The main sights of Japan to see are the traditional architecture and culture that the country still provides. Japan itself is a vibrant combination of new and old, which is unique to the country as it was forced to modernize from a feudal society of sword wielding warriors into one that used railroads and muskets within a time span of roughly twenty years. This unique perspective makes the cultural landscape, mannerisms of the Japanese people, and tourist locations especially interesting to tourists from the West.

One of the most popular sights to visit in Japan is the old capital city of Kyoto. Kyoto at one point in time was the seat of the Emperor and had been for hundreds of years. The city to this day represents this rich historical background with its elaborate Buddhist and Shinto temples. Japan is quickly becoming the place to go for Western tourists.