Tripadvisor is huge…by far the biggest travel review website and community in the world. So when they asked their users to rate their favourite European destination for 2010, the results were always going to be of big interest to the tourist destinations across the continent.
So how did Barcelona fare?
Results of the international voting could be seen to be a bit of a cold shoulder for the city, missing out on a place in the Top 10. However the evaluation of “European tripadvisors” is even more disheartening as the city doesn’t even appear in the Top 25.
To compare, I would love to know where Barcelona was placed in previous years. I tried to find some results about last year’s voting without any success. However, same time last year in February Barcelona was voted the 3rd happiest city in the world by its citizens and visitors.
So is opinion actually changing about the once so idolised and celebrated city?
Maybe the increasingly higher prices you pay everywhere in the city are taking their toll. Or are just too many other visitors coming each year to make the experience truly memorable. You could claim that the city is now attracting the wrong type of tourism: tacky tourism. Yet more likely is the omnipresent problem of safety and robbery, an eternal talking point on Tripadvisor itself, which even the locals are suffering more and more despite a recent display of more policemen in the streets.
Based on tourism numbers, maybe not. The city attracts still a huge number of visitors. Last months international arrivals at the Barcelona airport is +9%
On the other hand I can’t quite comprehend the results of the voting in general. International voters placed Monte- Carlo, Monaco at number 1? Are they serious? I thought we were in the middle of a crisis. Are just the rich still travelling? Why of all places Monaco? There are no attractions, no historical or natural treasures. What % of travellers actually go there to be able to give it such a great rating?
If the number 1 position is dubious, the rest of the Top 25 should be even more so.
So is the honeymoon with Barcelona over? Or is just that the Tripadvisor Top 25 is not worth the HTML code it is written in? Or maybe both.
Your opinions please!