Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cusco among world's most popular tourist destinations

The Andean city of Cusco in southeastern Peru was voted the world's 16th most popular tourist destination in a 2009 online poll conducted by Travel+Leisure magazine.
Popular destinations such as Barcelona, London and even Paris did not reach the list of 20 top cities. Indian city Udiapur led this year's list, pushing 2008's winner Bangkok to the third place.
"For the first time, Udaipur, India is named World’s Best City, displacing last year’s winner Bangkok, in Travel+Leisure’s fourteenth annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey", said a press release.Cusco is surrounded by formidable Inca buildings, palaces made with stones and amazing fortresses as it was the ancient capital of the vast Inca empire.The magazine, which conducted its
poll between January-March 2009, is also running a rating of the world's best hotels, top islands and top large-ship cruise lines. A festive ceremony will be held next week in New York honoring the winners.
Newcomers to the top spots in their respective categories include: Bushmans Kloof, Cedar Mountains, South Africa (Best Hotel Overall); Sixt (Best Car-Rental Agency); and Austin-Lehman Adventures (Best Tour Operator), among others.
Bali regains its title from 2007 as World’s Best Island (the Galápagos took the top spot in 2008). Inn at Manitou, Canada is the Best Inn in the U.S. and Canada; Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina is the highest-rated resort in America.

Source: Andina


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