The news that travellers are favouring African countries, with Ethiopia and Botswana voted in joint second place, lesser-known cities and new, challenging destinations has grabbed the headlines at this year’s Wanderlust Magazine Travel Awards 2016, which took place today at a ceremony at the Destinations Travel Show at Olympia, London. The finalists were rated by 2,900 of the publication’s readers, with a total of 168 countries, 618 cities, 440 airports and 484 tour operators being nominated.
New Zealand wins'Top Country'
New Zealand has once again retained the number one spot for the 'Top Country' category this year- proof that the lure of big landscapes, as well as great food, wine and Maori culture, reigns supreme. New Zealand achieved a satisfaction rating of 97.33% - with Ethiopia and Botswana tying for second with 96.52%.
Macedonia wins 'Top Emerging Destination'
In common with New Zealand, the small and breathtakingly beautiful Macedonia won the poll for the 'Top Emerging Destination'. This part-Balkan part-Mediterranean corner of Europe is rich in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history, and like New Zealand, boasts great hiking, mountain biking, lakes and wine tasting. Despite few people having even heard of its capital Skopje, the country scooped a 98% satisfaction score.
UK results - The Lake District wins 'Top UK Destination'
The great outdoors remains top of the bill back in the UK and The Lake District once again headed up the Top UK Destination category.
Indochina - Hoi An, Vietnam wins 'Top city'
Vietnam’s Hoi An wins the 'Top City' category, scoring an impressive 98.5%.
Top Worldwide Airports
Asia bags the top three spots in the Top Worldwide Airport category, with Singapore Changi winning for an incredible 14th consecutive year, followed by Hong Kong International and Tokyo Narita. From a UK perspective, London is back in the picture with London City winning top spot and London Heathrow creeping up to number 5.
Other category winners:
- Top Tour Operator: Llama Travel (99.39%)
- Top Airline: Emirates (89.77%)
- Top Guidebook Series: Bradt (81.54%)
- Top TV or Radio Programme: Caribbean with Simon Reeve
- Top Equipment Brand: Paramo (96.87%)
Full results of the Travel Awards will appear online at www.wanderlusttravelawards.co.uk and will then feature in the April edition of Wanderlust on sale on 17 March 2016.
Source: Wanderlust Magazine