Kathmandu ranked 3rd most rising destination in the world

Kathmandu has been ranked third in Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice for destinations on rise in the world and has emerged as the top rising destination in Asia.

Trip Advisor, an international travel site, revealed the top ten winners of its Traveler’s Choice 2013. The list is based on reviews and votes of travelers. The “destinations on rise” category rates the places that have seen the biggest increase in positive reviews from travelers on the site over the past year.

“The site has millions of visitors,” says Sarad Pradhan, media consultant with Nepal Tourism Board, “This helps establish Kathmandu as a destination in the global arena and will have a positive impact on our tourism.”

“Kathmandu is mystical and magical place, a trove of ancient structures that are enveloped in folklore,” Trip Advisor describes the city. The site claims to have over 260 million unique visitors monthly and operates in 34 countries, including China.

Kathmandu is the only destination to make it to the list from south Asia. Other destinations from Asia include Isreal, Japan and Vietnam. Kathmandu has also been named the best backpack destination by Australian travelers in the site.

In 2012, over 800,000 travelers came to Nepal by air alone. Statistics show that tourist arrivals have increased gradually in 2013 month to month comparison.

“We have been experiencing yearly rise in arrivals,” says Srijesh Tuladhar, from the sales and marketin department of Kathmandu-based Amtrip Travels. “With the positiveness in the political climate, we expect the numbers to go higher this season.”

Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the World:

1. Havana, Cuba
2. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
3. Kathmandu, Nepal
4. Jerusalem, Israel
5. Cusco, Peru
6. Ambergris Caye, Belize
7. Sapporo, Japan
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
9. Corralejo, Spain
10. Fortaleza, Brazil

source: nepalnews.com, 05 DEC 2013

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