UK Dominates Europe’s Fastest Growing Destinations List

By Tripadvisor, PRNE
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

LONDON, December 8, 2011 -

TripAdvisor reveals the European destinations sparking greatest rises in tourism interest in 2011; Ilford takes top spot

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today reveals the European destinations that saw the biggest increase in traveller interest based on traffic uplift on TripAdvisor over the past year. British destinations in particular have seen a significant soar in interest, laying claim to eight of the ten destinations in the list, including the top finisher, Ilford.

“These destinations may not all be most obvious tourist hotspots, but for one reason or another they’ve sparked rapidly rising traveller attention this year,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “For the British destinations, and especially Ilford, it’s encouraging news - and it’s likely we can attribute much of this spike in traffic to increased interest generally in the UK as excitement builds around next year’s Olympics.”

Ilford in East London tops the European list, followed by Valras-Plage in France, with the UK’s Trafford in third place. Other UK destinations in the list include Tamworth, Brandon, Salford, Warrington, Warminster and Hounslow in fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively.  

Europe’s top ten fasting growing destinations for 2011 are as follows*:

  1. Ilford, Essex - UK
  2. Valras-Plage - France
  3. Trafford, Greater Manchester - UK
  4. Tamworth, Staffordshire - UK
  5. Brandon, Suffolk - UK
  6. Yalta - Ukraine
  7. Salford, Greater Manchester - UK
  8. Warrington, Cheshire - UK
  9. Warminster, Wiltshire - UK
  10. Hounslow, Middlesex - UK

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* List is based on the biggest increase in page views for search traffic year-on-year, across TripAdvisor branded sites globally, comparing, 1st Jan - 31st Oct 2010 versus the same dates in 2011

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Media Group Sites, Worldwide, August 2011

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***Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011

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Laurel Greatrix, UK Media Relations Consultant, 7 Soho Square, London W1D 3QB, Office: +44(0)203-194-2150, Mobile: +44(0)777-801-3639

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