2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards: A Recap for Travel and Tourism Students

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Millions of travellers voted, and the results are in! For the seventh year in a row, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice survey has let travellers decide which hotels, resorts, and tourist destinations they loved most.

The winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews as well as ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide. And in keeping with the fast pace of the travel and tourism scene, this year’s rankings feature a brand new selection of emerging contenders.

It takes skilled tourism professionals to impress today’s travellers.  As TripAdvisor spokesperson James Kay commented: “The competition among global tourist destinations has never been tougher.” Here are some of the 2015 winners Canada’s own travel and tourism students can learn from:

Hotels at the Top of the Travel and Tourism Industry

The hotels which Travellers’ Choice voters reviewed were sorted into categories based on size, luxury, service, and family-friendliness. TripAdvisor’s “old favourites” like Rome and New York City didn’t crack 2015’s international top 10, which instead featured hotels from the Maldives, Costa Rica, Austria, France, and a variety of up-and-coming hotels in South-East Asia.

And top Canadian honours went to a spot right here in beautiful British Columbia—Vancouver’s L’Hermitage Hotel. L’Hermitage edged out Toronto’s Trump Tower and Quebec City’s Auberge Saint-Antoine. In fact, British Columbia has more hotels on this year’s Travellers’ Choice list than any other province in Canada—which voters attributed to its “outstanding service” and “perfect location.”

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The beautiful sunset skyline of Vancouver’s English Bay.

Travellers’ Choice in Top All-Inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive resorts are a staple in the modern travel and tourism industry, offering visitors tailored, comprehensive, and stress-free travel experiences at more and more affordable prices. If you choose to pursue hospitality training, you’ll become eligible for diverse employment in spectacular places like these.

As your hospitality training will teach you, Caribbean resorts are most common among Canadian travellers, in locales like Punta Cana and Cayo Coco. Caribbean resorts were given their own category in this section of the rankings, and still earned most of the top places on the international resort section. 2015’s Travellers’ Choice voted for Mexican, Turkish, Brazilian, and Dominican resorts to fill eight of the top ten international rankings, with the Maldives’ Karumba Resort earning the top spot in this category.

Travellers’ Choice Tourism Destinations: Featuring a BC-Dominated Canadian List

Paris, Rome, and London are just hanging onto their reputations as top international tourist destinations for 2015, inching lower down the list than newcomers like Marrakech, Morocco and Siem Reap, Cambodia, which claimed the top two places on this year’s list. Istanbul, Buenos Aires, and Prague filled out the top five spots, cited by travellers for their vibrant, colourful climates and rich cultural histories.

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Vancouver’s famous Lion’s Gate Bridge.

Canada’s top ranking tourism destination was Vancouver, followed by Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara-On-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Halifax, and other BC hotspots like Whistler, Victoria, and Tofino rounding out the top 10. British Columbia’s sky-high 2015 hospitality rankings prove that BC tourism management colleges like CTC are producing truly world-class tourism professionals—and the world’s travellers are taking notice!

Are you interested in making your mark on this industry by attending one of Canada’s top hospitality and tourism management schools?

Visit CTC for more information or to speak with an advisor.


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