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TripAdvisor Ranks Lake Tahoe Top U.S. Vacation Destination
RENO (AP) — Lake Tahoe ranks first in the nation among choice vacation destinations newly ranked by the major travel website, TripAdvisor . The independent worldwide travel source put Lake Tahoe atop the list of its first Choice Destinations Awards, based on the opinions of millions of travelers. Tahoe ranked 10th worldwide.
"It is a testament to the beauty of Lake Tahoe, of how appealing it is in all four seasons," said Tim Maland, director of the Nevada Commission on Tourism.
Winners were determined by a combination of TripAdvisor travelers' favorite places and overall popularity on TripAdvisor.
"It is obviously a great accolade for the destination," said Andy Chapman, director of tourism for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. "Most importantly, it comes from people who have been here.
"TripAdvisor is a social network. It is all about people gauging and voting and giving others their thoughts about their trips to the destinations. So, having the visitors and travels who have actually been here give us that kind of ranking in the world and the No. 1 ranking in the U.S. is very good for us," he said."
Tops in the world were Milford Sound, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Cayo Largo, Cuba.
"Whether it's the unique beauty or abundance of attractions, the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards honor the most beloved destinations from around the world," said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. "Determined by millions of travelers, the Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards are unique because they single out not just popular places but truly exceptional places that enthrall travelers and keep them coming back." (Source: USA Today, May 5, 2008)