Ranking first for city with the best overall experience was Tokyo. The city also claimed top spots for helpfulness of locals, taxi service, local public transportation, and cleanliness of streets. Tokyo received high marks across the board, as it ranked among the top 10 in 13 of 16 categories in the survey.
New York City, the only U.S. city on the list of world destinations evaluated in the survey, was top of the heap for best restaurants and nightlife. It also came in second for best overall experience, shopping and attractions/things to do. In terms of value for the money, the Big Apple ranked #30, and also ranked in the lower third for cleanliness of streets. Travelers think the Big Apple’s cab drivers could flash some more smiles—it ranked #30 for friendliness of taxis.
Other high ranking cities were Singapore, which was number one for comfort traveling alone, and second for taxi service, cleanliness of streets, ease of getting around and family-friendliness; Rome, which topped the list of attractions/things to do and culture; and Dubai, first for shopping and hotels.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the top performers by category:
Overall Top Performers:
|Category||First Place||Second place||Third place|
|Helpful locals||Tokyo||Cape Town||Lisbon|
|Friendliest taxi drivers||Dubrovnik||Tokyo||Singapore|
|Best taxi services||Tokyo||Singapore||Dublin|
|Ease of getting around||Vienna||Singapore||Berlin|
|Best public transport||Tokyo||Vienna||Berlin|
|Best value for money||Budapest||Lisbon||Hanoi|
|Comfort traveling alone||Singapore||Tokyo||Vienna|
|Best for shopping||Dubai||New York City||London|
|Best for hotels||Dubai||Cancun||Bangkok|
|Best for restaurants||New York City||Cape Town||Tokyo|
|Best for attractions||Rome||New York City||Paris|
|Best for culture||Rome||Vienna||Paris|
|Best for nightlife||New York City||London||Tokyo|
|Best overall experience||Tokyo||New York City||Barcelona|
Overall Low Rankers:
|Category||Last place||Second last||Third last|
|Friendliest taxi drivers||Moscow||Beijing||Brussels|
|Best taxi services||Moscow||Beijing||Kuala Lumpur|
|Ease of getting around||Mumbai||Punta Cana||Marrakech|
|Best public transport||Marrakech||Hanoi||Sharm el Sheikh|
|Best value for money||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro||Copenhagen|
|Comfort traveling alone||Punta Cana||Sharm el Sheikh||Marrakech|
|Best for shopping||Punta Cana||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro|
|Best for hotels||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro||Brussels|
|Best for restaurants||Punta Cana||Moscow||Marrakech|
|Best for attractions||Punta Cana||Sharm el Sheikh||Mumbai|
|Best for culture||Sharm el Sheikh||Punta Cana||Dubai|
|Best for nightlife||Marrakech||Punta Cana||Hanoi|
|Best overall experience||Mumbai||Punta Cana||Moscow|
“Tokyo has received high marks from TripAdvisor travelers, who praise the city for its hospitality, cleanliness and outstanding public transit system,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. “New York City was also well decorated in the TripAdvisor Cities Survey, recognized by travelers for its world class restaurants and nightlife.”
Note to Editors: The survey was sent to those who have written a review on either a hotel, restaurant or attraction in the featured cities during 2013. To be included in the results, a city was required to have 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 that receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO 2012).
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