PRN: London Revealed as Europe's Most Exciting City
London Revealed as Europe's Most Exciting City
LONDON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Capital Impresses in Olympic Lead-up but Still Overpriced
TripAdvisorÂ®, the world's largest travel site*, today announces the results of its fourth annual European Cities survey, revealing London as the continent's most exciting - yet most expensive - city according to over 3,500 European travellers*.
European travellers have voted London Europe's most exciting city for the second consecutive year, beating Paris and Barcelona to the top spot. Unfortunately for many tourists, this excitement comes at a price as London has also been crowned the most overpriced city in Europe.
Good News for London Transport
With just over 12 months to go until London hosts the Olympic Games and millions of visitors descend upon the city there's some good news for organisers:
"This research is based on traveller perception, so it's encouraging for everyone involved in London's tourism industry that, despite the concerns around cost, the city is regarded by European travellers as a vibrant and accessible destination. Undoubtedly the buzz around next year's Olympics has contributed to London being crowned Europe's most exciting city, and we fully expect this momentum to continue into 2012 and beyond." commented Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson.
Paris Overrated & Unfriendly
Those on this side of the Channel will pleased to hear London outranks Paris according to this year's findings:
It's good news for Scotland - Edinburgh was voted Europe's third most underrated city, tied with Bruges. Â Lisbon came first in the most underrated European city category, with Budapest runner-up.
Glasgow also fared well in the category - while it didn't place in the top three according to all of the European respondents, British respondents ranked it as the most underrated city by a wide margin.
Boring Birmingham and not so mad Manchester
Despite world-class shopping and a regenerated cultural offering it seems Birmingham is still suffering from a perception problem. The UK's second largest city was voted Europe's most boring city for the second consecutive year, followed by Brussels.
Manchester came third in the most boring city category, which will come as a surprise to many who enjoy the city's thriving music scene and lively nightlife. Manchester also came third in the least romantic city category.
TripAdvisor 2011 European Cities Survey: Results overview
Category First place Second Place Third Place Most boring Birmingham Brussels Manchester Most exciting London Barcelona Paris Most romantic Venice Paris Rome Least romantic Birmingham Berlin Manchester Dirtiest Athens Rome Istanbul Cleanest Zurich Geneva Stockholm Most underrated Lisbon Budapest Edinburgh and Bruges Most overrated Paris London Barcelona Friendliest locals Barcelona Rome Madrid Least friendliest locals Paris London Prague Safest Stockholm Geneva Berlin Most overpriced London Paris Oslo Difficult to get around Istanbul Rome Athens Easy to get around London Paris Barcelona Friendliest cab drivers Rome London Barcelona Rudest cab drivers Paris Rome London
* Survey was carried out on 3,523 European travellers, including 778 Britons from 17 June to 23 June 2011
TripAdvisorÂ® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors* across 18 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 45 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.
TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by CondÃ© Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.
TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010.Â TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).
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* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Media Group Sites, Worldwide, May 2011
** In addition to TripAdvisor, The TripAdvisor Media Group of websites includes: http://www.airfarewatchdog.com, http://www.bookingbuddy.com, http://www.cruisecritic.com, http://www.everytrail.com, http://www.familyvacationcritic.com, http://www.flipkey.com, http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk, http://www.holidaywatchdog.com, http://www.independenttraveler.com, http://www.onetime.com, http://www.seatguru.com, http://www.sniqueaway.com, http://www.smartertravel.com, http://www.travel-library.com, http://www.travelpod.com, http://www.virtualtourist.com and http://www.kuxun.cn.
*** Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, May 2011
**** TripAdvisor sites operate in 30 countries worldwide: http://www.tripadvisor.com, http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk, http://www.tripadvisor.ca, http://www.tripadvisor.it, http://www.tripadvisor.es, http://www.tripadvisor.de, http://www.tripadvisor.fr, http://www.tripadvisor.jp, http://www.daodao.com, http://www.tripadvisor.in, http://www.tripadvisor.se, http://www.tripadvisor.nl, http://www.tripadvisor.com.br, http://www.tripadvisor.com.tr, http://www.tripadvisor.dk, http://www.tripadvisor.com.mx, http://www.tripadvisor.ie, http://www.tripadvisor.com.au, http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg, http://www.tripadvisor.co.kr, no.tripadvisor.com, pl.tripadvisor.com, th.tripadvisor.com, http://www.tripadvisor.ru, http://www.tripadvisor.com.gr, http://www.tripadvisor.co.id, http://www.tripadvisor.com.ar, http://www.tripadvisor.tw, http://www.tripadvisor.com.my, and http://www.tripadvisor.com.eg.
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