Revealed! The surprising destinations on the rise


Revealed! The surprising destinations on the riseKiev, Ukraine. Rex

Ever considered visiting Valencia instead of Barcelona, Turin instead of Rome or Manchester instead of London? The winners of TripAdvisor's Choice Destinations on the Rise awards have been revealed and the results show some surprising up-and-coming cities for 2012.

The top European destination, which has seen an increase in positive feedback and interest from travellers year-on-year is the city of Kiev.

Capital of Ukraine, Kiev hosted the Euro 2012 Football Championship this summer and its significant presence in the ranking shows Eastern Europe is no longer off the tourist radar.

Moscow took second place and has experienced major tourism developments recently, with a number of airlines announcing new routes to the Russian city.

Third in the European list was Turin in Italy. There was encouraging news for Britain too, as Glasgow, Manchester and Belfast took sixth, seventh and eighth places, while Liverpool came 10th.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: 'All winners should be incredibly proud of their award – not only has traveller interest in their destination increased, but each city has also seen an increase in positive feedback on their hotels, restaurants and things to do.'

The winners for the worldwide category saw Mar Del Plata in Argentina take the top spot, followed by Sao Paulo in Brazil, Kiev in Ukraine, Montevideo in Uruguay and Perth in Australia.

'For those unsure about where to travel next year, this list may offer welcome inspiration,' added Ms Shaw. 'With the hangover of the Jubilympics set to hit in 2013, it's great to see four UK destinations recognised in what may mean a great boost to the UK's tourism industry.'

Europe's top 10 destinations on the rise

1. Kiev, Ukraine
2. Moscow, Russia
3. Turin, Italy
4. St Petersburg, Russia
5. Naples, Italy
6. Glasgow, UK
7. Manchester, UK
8. Belfast, UK
9. Valencia, Spain
10. Liverpool, UK

World top 10 destinations on the rise

1. Mar Del Plata, Argentina
2. Sao Paulo, Brazil
3. Kiev, Ukraine
4. Montevideo, Uruguay
5. Perth, Australia
6. Mexico City, Mexico
7. Hobart, Australia
8. Guadalajara, Mexico
9. Moscow, Russia
10. Turin, Italy

Unusual cities for weekends away

Unusual cities for weekends away

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