Top scores for excellence

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SINGAPORE, 31 May 2018: Bali managed to figure in TripAdvisor’s top 10 most excellent destinations, the only Asian destination to be recognised on the global list.

The rest of the ‘top-10 cities overall’ hailed from North America and Europe.

TripAdvisor announced, Wednesday, its lists of “Most Excellent”  tourism destinations across the world for both cities and countries.

The lists identified destinations that have the highest percentage of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipients.

Now in its eighth year, the Certificate of Excellence is given to accommodation, restaurants and travel experiences that deliver great service and consistently achieve high traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

The winners this year are listed under both cities and countries and sub-divided into specific sectors; accommodation, restaurants and travel experience plus an overall positioning.

Apart from its seventh placing in the overall cities list, Bali also excelled with a third place in the cities list for the most excellent restaurants.

In the most excellent accommodation city category Singapore was the highest placed Asian destination (5th), while Taipei was named 10th.

Under the excellent countries overall listing surprisingly not a single Asian country figured in the top 10. European countries dominated the list with the single exception of Morocco.

Under the countries listing for excellent restaurants European nations conquered  all 10 slots.

Singapore was named top of the countries list for excellent accommodation, while Indonesia was 10.th

In ninth place, Thailand joined the countries list for an excellent travel experience, but lost out to Vietnam that managed sixth spot in the same list. The top country for an excellent travel experience was Iceland.

“When travellers see a Certificate of Excellence sticker or certificate on display, they immediately know that the business has a track record for offering highly rated guest experiences,” said TripAdvisor vice president, brand marketing Neela Pal. “Now our ‘Most Excellent’ lists reveal the destinations where travellers are most likely to encounter these excellent businesses.”

The lists should be viewed as a conversation starter, rather than a definitive statement on quality or excellence.

MOST EXCELLENT CITIES

“Most Excellent” Cities Overall
Key West, USA
Reykjavik, Iceland
Edinburgh, UK
Marrakech, Morocco
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dublin, Ireland
Bali, Indonesia
Krakow, Poland
Glasgow, UK
New Orleans, USA
“Most Excellent” Cities for Restaurants
Key West, USA
Reykjavik, Iceland
Bali, Indonesia
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Venice, Italy
Florence, Italy
Edinburgh, UK
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dublin, Ireland
Krakow, Poland
“Most Excellent” Cities for Experiences
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Benidorm, Spain
Reykjavik. Iceland
Nashville, USA
Myrtle Beach, USA
Key West, USA
Cancun, Mexico
Tenerife, Spain
“Most Excellent” Cities for Accommodations
Chicago, USA
Stockholm, Sweden
Munich, Germany
San Francisco, USA
Singapore
Marrakech, Morocco
Frankfurt, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
Washington DC, USA
Taipei, Taiwan

MOST EXCELLENT COUNTRIES

“Most Excellent” Countries Overall
Iceland
Ireland
United Kingdom
Greece
Morocco
France
The Netherlands
Italy
Portugal
Belgium
“Most Excellent” Countries for Restaurants
Iceland
Greece
Ireland
United Kingdom
Portugal
France
Italy
Spain
The Netherlands
Hungary
“Most Excellent” Countries for Experiences
Iceland
Greece
Mexico
Portugal
Morocco
Vietnam
United Kingdom
Brazil
Thailand
Chile
“Most Excellent” Countries for Accommodations
Singapore
United Arab Emirates
Morocco
Iceland
Ireland
United Kingdom
Australia
Greece
Canada
Indonesia

“Most Excellent” Methodology

¹“Most Excellent” cities and countries were calculated as a percentage of businesses listed on TripAdvisor that received a Certificate of Excellence recognition within that destination during the qualifying period. Cities must have had a minimum of 1,000 businesses (i.e., accommodations, restaurants, experiences) listed on TripAdvisor. Country markets must have had a minimum of 5,000 businesses listed on TripAdvisor.