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TOKYO RECEIVES HIGH MARKS FROM TRAVELERS ACCORDING TO TRIPADVISOR WORLD CITY SURVEY

New York City Ranks Top for Shopping, but Receives Low Marks for Cleanliness and Value

NEWTON, Mass. – December 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the results of its Cities Survey, a look into how travelers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world. The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to a survey sent to those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews on the featured cities.

Tokyo was the most highly decorated world city ranked number one for best taxi services, friendliest taxi drivers, best public transportation, cleanest streets, and safety.

While New York City was ranked top for shopping, travelers felt the city streets could use a sweep as the city ranked 28 out of 40 for cleanliness. Global respondents also believed visiting the Big Apple may break the bank as it is ranked 32 out of 40 for value.

Here are some of the top cities per category:

Overall Top Performers:

Category First place Second place Third place
Friendliest locals Cancun Tokyo Lisbon
Friendliest taxi drivers Tokyo Cancun Singapore
Best taxi services Tokyo Singapore Dubai
Cleanest streets Tokyo Singapore Zurich
Ease of getting around Zurich Vienna Singapore
Best public transport Tokyo Zurich Munich
Best value for money Lisbon Budapest Bangkok
Best for shopping New York City Bangkok Dubai
Safest city Tokyo Singapore Dubrovnik

Overall Low Rankers:

Category First place Second place Third place
Friendliest locals Moscow London Hong Kong
Friendliest taxi drivers Moscow Beijing Brussels
Best taxi services Moscow Beijing Kuala Lumpur
Cleanest streets Mumbai Marrakech Punta Cana
Ease of getting around Mumbai Punta Cana Moscow
Best public transport Hanoi Sharm el Sheikh Marrakech
Best value for money Oslo Moscow Zurich
Best for shopping Moscow Oslo Punta Cana

“New York City’s global reputation as a shopping mecca was reinforced by the opinions of the TripAdvisor community worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “While survey respondents felt the Big Apple comes up short on value, savvy travelers can find myriad budget-friendly options in the more than 430 hotels, 1,800 attractions and 7,700 restaurants in New York City listed on TripAdvisor.”

Note to Editors: The survey was sent to those that have written a review on either a hotel, restaurant or attraction in the featured cities during 2012, with the majority of surveys sent to travelers and the remainder to locals. To be included in the results a city had a minimum of 300 completed responses, with the ranking based on average scores for each question. All analysis was conducted by Brainbox Research. The selection of featured cities is based on the key cities from countries which receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO 2010).

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site,* enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 60 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 75 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 74 million unique monthly visitors.** TripAdvisor, Inc.’s travel media brands include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, July 2012

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, July 2012

©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

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New York City is ranked the number one shopping city, according to the TripAdvisor Cities Survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
New York City is ranked the number one shopping city, according to the TripAdvisor Cities Survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
 According to the TripAdvisor Cities Survey, Tokyo has the friendliest taxi drivers. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
According to the TripAdvisor Cities Survey, Tokyo has the friendliest taxi drivers. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
 Cancun, Mexico has the friendliest locals, reveals the TripAdvisor Cities Survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Cancun, Mexico has the friendliest locals, reveals the TripAdvisor Cities Survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Lisbon, Portugal is the top city for value according to the TripAdvisor Cities Survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Lisbon, Portugal is the top city for value according to the TripAdvisor Cities Survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Dubai was ranked third best city for shopping and best taxi service. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Dubai was ranked third best city for shopping and best taxi service. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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