TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice TM awards for Beaches. In its second year, the awards recognise more than 322 beaches globally, including top lists for Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific and the U.S.
“For those planning their next holiday destination by the sand and sea, these award-winning beaches serve as inspiration,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Just looking at the photos will take you away for a moment, until you can plan a trip.”
Four beaches in Phuket were featured in the Top 25 Beaches in Asia, with Nai Harn Beach as well as Kata Noi Beach, Freedom Beach and Karon Beach ranked number five, fourteen, sixteen and eighteen respectively. On average, Nai Harn Beach has seen a 22 percent increase year-over-year in share of international search traffic on TripAdvisor for the one month period between January 20-February 19.
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, said “We are very glad to see four Phuket beaches on the list of the Top 25 Beaches in Asia according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards. Phuket has long been known as one of the world’s best destinations for sun and sand holidays. To be recognised by TripAdvisor’s travel community is truly an honour.”
Travellers’ Choice Beaches Award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.