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City on the rise: Halifax ranks fourth on global list of top travel spots for 2018

The city is the only one in Canada to make the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise

A woman walks her dog on Citadel Hill in this file photo.

Patrick Fulgencio / For Metro Halifax

A woman walks her dog on Citadel Hill in this file photo.

The city of Halifax is one of the top 10 ‘Destinations on the Rise’ in the world, according to popular travel site TripAdvisor.

On Tuesday, Trip Advisor announced the winners of its 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise.

Halifax ranks fourth out of 10 on the list, and is the only city in Canada to make the cut as one of the “top trending travel spots for 2018.”

“It actually did come as a surprise. Not because Halifax isn’t great, but we’re rated number four in the world,” Discover Halifax’s marketing and communications vice president Erica Pellerin said in an interview.

“We’re trying to plan what we’re going to do with this because this is incredible. How often do you get to be fourth in the world at anything?”

This is the sixth year TripAdvisor has held the awards, which recognize 44 destinations around the world.

Destinations are selected by measuring year-over-year increases in positive traveler review ratings for accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

It also looks at increases in searches and booking interest.

“The coolest part about this is this isn’t a survey of sorts, it’s actually based on math,” Pellerin said.

“It’s based on an increase of interest in the destination, plus increases in positive review ratings. It’s legit. It’s math.”

Pellerin said while the ranking is based on several factors, she believes Canada 150 gave the city some added exposure and a boost in 2017.

“I really believe that this is about every business, residents, visitor centres, everybody just going over and above to ensure that visitors have a really great experience…I think there’s something special here,” she said.

“There’s more buzz, people are telling people, and now finally we are reaping the results of something that has been building for a few years.”

The number one destination on the top 10 list is Ishigaki, Japan, followed by Kapaa, Hawaii and Nairobi, Kenya.

The complete list, photos, and information about the top 10 destinations can be found here.

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