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Queenstown voted one of world’s top destinations

Queenstown voted one of world’s top destinations on Trip Advisor

Queenstown, 22 May, 2013 - Queenstown has been named one of the world’s Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel community.

As well as rising to 25th place on the international list, the four season lake and alpine resort was also named best destination in New Zealand and second best in the South Pacific.

The Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers’ favourites and most highly rated places.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd was delighted with award and said it was a fantastic international achievement for the resort.

“We’re aware of the power of Trip Advisor in influencing the travelling community, so the news that Queenstown has been ranked by millions of travellers worldwide alongside cities like Paris, New York and London is a testament to the quality of our operators and the exceptional travel experience they deliver.”

The cosmopolitan resort town, famous for its spectacular scenery and huge range of world-class experiences, has previously earned international accolades from other travel authorities such as Lonely Planet, Condé Naste and National Geographic.

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For the complete list of 2013 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners visit or see below:

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice World Destinations:
(+/- denotes change in ranking year-over-year, 0 is no change and new is new to the top 25)
1. Paris, France (+3)
2. New York City, New York (0)
3. London, England (-2)
4. Rome, Italy (-1)
5. Barcelona, Spain (+3)
6. Venice, Italy (New)
7. San Francisco, California (-2)
8. Florence, Italy (+4)
9. Prague, Czech Republic (+7)
10. Sydney, Australia (+4)
11. Berlin, Germany (-1)
12. Istanbul, Turkey (-5)
13. Bangkok, Thailand (New)
14. Chicago, Illinois (-3)
15. Tokyo, Japan (New)
16. Cape Town, South Africa (+7)
17. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (New)
18. Buenos Aires, Argentina (-5)
19. Marrakech, Morocco (-13)
20. St. Petersburg, Russia (New)
21. Beijing, China (-6)
22. Shanghai, China (-3)
23. Siem Reap, Cambodia (-14)
24. Chiang Mai, Thailand (0)
25. Queenstown, New Zealand (New)

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice South Pacific Destinations:
1. Sydney, Australia (0)
2. Queenstown, New Zealand (+1)
3. Melbourne, Australia (+1)
4. Cairns, Australia (+5)
5. Perth, Australia (+8)
6. Brisbane, Australia (+4)
7. Auckland, New Zealand (-2)
8. Christchurch, New Zealand (-1)
9. Surfers Paradise, Australia (+6)
10. Byron Bay, Australia (+1)
11. Bora Bora, French Polynesia (-9)
12. Port Douglas, Australia (-4)
13. Wellington, New Zealand (-1)
14. Milford Sound, New Zealand (-8)
15. Adelaide, Australia (-1)
16. Rotorua, New Zealand (+1)
17. Hobart, Australia (+1)
18. Port Vila, Vanuatu (+7)
19. Wanaka, New Zealand (-3)
20. Taupo, New Zealand (-1)
21. Dunedin, New Zealand (New)
22. Darwin, Australia (New)
23. Blenheim, New Zealand (-3)
24. Tauranga, New Zealand (New)
25. Pokolbin, Australia (New)

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice New Zealand Destinations:
(2013 is the first time there is a dedicated list of winners for New Zealand)
1. Queenstown
2. Auckland
3. Christchurch
4. Wellington
5. Milford Sound
6. Rotorua
7. Wanaka
8. Taupo
9. Dunedin
10. Blenheim


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