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Kota Kinabalu Takes Sixth Spot in 2013 Asia List, Based on the Reviews and Opinions of Millions of TripAdvisor Travellers around the Globe

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A breathtaking view of sunset in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 3 December 2013 - TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice™ Awards for Destinations on the Rise.  The awards highlight 54 spots globally that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveller feedback and traveller interest, year-over-year.
Havana, Cuba was the number one ranked destination for the top 10 in the world, and lists were also revealed for Asia, South Pacific, Europe, South America, and the U.S. Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, ranked sixth in Asia, is the only Malaysian destination included in the Asia list.

“For travellers looking for inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, TripAdvisor travellers have helped us put a spotlight some amazing destinations that caught the eye of travellers this past year,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Between large cities gathering steam and off-the-beaten-path spots surfaced by our community, travellers can discover wonderful accommodations, attractions and restaurants in all of these award-winning destinations.”

“We are thrilled to hear that Sapporo was ranked second in Asia and seventh in the world for 2013 Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise, as it speaks to the quality of our destination as a trending spot for travellers,” said the Sapporo City Government.

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in Asia:

1.       Kathmandu, Nepal

2.       Sapporo, Japan

3.       Hanoi, Vietnam

4.       Siem Reap, Cambodia

5.       Hua Hin, Thailand

6.       Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

7.       Sanur, Indonesia

8.       Macau, China

9.       Jaipur, India

10.   Busan, South Korea
Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the World:

1.       Havana, Cuba

2.       La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

3.       Kathmandu, Nepal

4.       Jerusalem, Israel

5.       Cusco, Peru

6.       Ambergris Caye, Belize

7.       Sapporo, Japan

8.       Hanoi, Vietnam

9.       Corralejo, Spain

10.   Fortaleza, Brazil


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