Online travel website Tripadvisor.com has named Jamaica to the 14th position in its ranking of the Top 25 destinations in the world. The island was cited for its mix of relaxation and adventure activities available to tourists, noting the prime hiking and bird watching offered in its forests and its reggae and dancehall music venues in Kingston; historical heritage sites in Trelawny; shopping and snorkeling availability in Montego Bay; and the luxurious spas of Ocho Rios. The full list of top world destinations, in order of ranking, includes:
1. London, United Kingdom 2. Paris, France 3. Rome, Italy 4. Crete, Greece 5. Bali, Indonesia 6. Phuket, Thailand 7. Barcelonia, Spain 8. Instanbul, Turkey 9. Marrakech, Morocco 10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11. Prague, Czech Republic 12. Siem Reap, Cambodia 13. New York City, New York 14. Jamaica 15. Hanoi, Vietnam 16. Tokyo, Japan 17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico 18. Lisbon, Portugal 19. Kathmandu, Nepal 20. Jaipur, India 21. Hurghada, Egypt 22. Hong Kong, China 23. Cusco, Peru
24. Sydney, Australia 25. Tel Aviv, Israel
Tripadvisor gave Jamaica the Number One spot on its ranking of the Top 10 destinations in the Caribbean, making special mention of Seven Mile Beach, Negril Cliffs, and Mayfield Falls. The complete list of Top 10 Caribbean destinations, in order of ranking, includes:
1. Jamaica 2. Puerto RIco 3. Aruba 4. Barbados 5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 6. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 7. St. Lucia 8. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 9. Guadeloupe 10. New Providence Island, Bahamas
Award winners for the Best Destinations awards were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, with over 730 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide. It covers approximately 8.1 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants.
Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett says, “Jamaica is very pleased to once again receive these incredible accolades from the acclaimed travel website TripAdvisor. We have been increasing our efforts to better meet the needs of our visitors, by focusing on securing meaningful investments and improving on the variety of quality offerings in the destination. We want to thank all of our visitors for choosing Jamaica and we are always ready to welcome them to our shores.”