Traveling is one of the most fulfilling hobbies around and, because of that, it is important to look at everything that the global industry has to offer. There are plenty of prestigious titles that are awarded in order to show the world what the best of the best are, but how can the average traveler find the true cream of the crop?
Recently, the World Travel Awards announced the best of the best in the travel industry from around the globe, and many of the winners were incredibly interesting. Here are some of the highlights:
Top Business Destinations
Barcelona, Spain, topped the list of most popular destinations for business travel while Germany claimed the title for some of the best buildings for conventions and meetings. Both Spain and Germany have become premier economic hubs, bolstered in part by a focus on updating infrastructures and facilities for businesses in their most profitable cities. Their accommodations are considered second-to-none and meeting spaces are plentiful, which is why Spain and German claimed the crown as top destinations for business travel.
Best Beach Getaways
Another interesting frontrunner was Sardinia, an autonomous island nation off the coast of Italy. Formerly home to Europe's Leading Beach for several years, Sardinia won the title of Europe's Leading Island Destination in 2015. More and more people have been going to Sardinia every year because of the great weather, a wealth of attractions, and an affordability unfound at other balmy destinations of the same caliber. Sardinia is certainly a fantastic place to visit, and it's no surprise that it ended up taking the title of number one Island destination for 2015.
World Travel Awards Number One Global Destination
Perhaps the most interesting winner was the top destination overall; Saint Petersburg, Russia. While many people were surprised at this decision due to the recent instability of the Russian economy in relation to the Euro, the title was awarded based primarily on the astoundingly rich history of the area. If you are looking for an immersive glimpse into the past among dozens of renowned historical sites and structures, then St. Petersburg is definitely a destination to consider. The city already hosts a thriving tourism industry and many believe the area is going to get even more visitor-friendly as time goes on.
Plenty of other awards were featured, from leading cruise destinations to hotels, and it's truly fascinating to look at both winners and contenders for the absolute best in the world of travel. It's important to remember that there's plenty to explore and, regardless of prestigious awards, there are countless destinations that are sure to take your breath away. The World Travel Awards provides a great starting point for planning a trip to Europe, but be sure to add a touch of creativity to your itinerary. Don't be afraid to be spontaneous and you'll find a vacation abroad well worth the effort!