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Thursday, October 02, 2008

St George Is Top US 'Emerging Travel Hotspot'

St George tops the list of emerging travel hotspots for 2009, according to TripAdvisor's annual travel trends survey of more than 3,000 US travelers.

Here is a report on the survey. Below are excerpts.

The primary trends identified are that travelers appear to be going lean and green by visiting national parks, hiking, and engaging in adventure activities.

TripAdvisor also unveiled its TravelCast list of emerging hotspots for 2009, and atop the list is Budoni, in Sardinia, Italy. The top emerging hotspot in the U.S. is St. George, Utah.

73% of U.S. respondents said they plan to visit a national park in 2009, up from 62% one year ago.

53% will go hiking in the coming year, up from 50% last year.

47% of those surveyed plan to engage in an adventure activity, an increase from 40% in 2008.

33% of travelers will go cycling and biking, up from 28%, and 11% of travelers are likely to participate in an extreme sports activity, compared to eight percent one year ago.


  • At 4:21 AM, Blogger 360sardinia said…

    Congratulations to St George. I am sure you deserve this. As a resident in Sardinia I am not surprised that Sardinia has ranked well,,,I am just stunned at Budoni.
    See my thoughts here

  • At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good to hear St. George has been ranked so high. They deserve the good news.


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