Leading travel website TripAdvisor.com has announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers' Choice (TM) Awards for Destinations on the Rise,
capital city of Jerusalem
in the fourth place.
The awards highlight 54 spots globally that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest, year-over-year.
“For travelers looking for inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, TripAdvisor travelers have helped us put a spotlight on some amazing destinations that caught the eye of travelers this past year,” said Barbara Messing, the website's chief marketing officer.
Jerusalem. 'Cultural and historical significance' (Photo: EPA)
The Travelers' Choice Awards include several categories such as hotels, all-inclusive resorts, islands and restaurants.
The Destination on the Rise list reviews 54 places around the globe. Havana, Cuba was the No. 1 ranked destination for the top 10 in the world, followed by La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica in the second place and Kathmandu, Nepal in the third place. Jerusalem ranked fourth.
Cusco, Peru came in fifth, followed by Ambergris Caye in Belize, Sapporo in Japan, Hanoi in Vietnam, Corralejo in Spain and Fortaleza in Brazil.
According to TripAdvisor, "Religious pilgrims have been traveling to Jerusalem for centuries, yet you don’t have to share their zeal in order to appreciate this city’s profound cultural and historical significance.
"Plan on seeing the major sights, but also leave plenty of time to walk through the streets and simply immerse yourself in the daily life of such an ancient and revered place."
The first don't-miss site is the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum,
which has been ranked by the popular website as one of the world's top 10 museums.
Other recommended places on a list of 248 things to do in Jerusalem include the Israel Museum, the Old City, the Western Wall Tunnels, the Western Wall, Hezekiah's Tunnels, the Biblical Zoo, the Mount of Olives, and the Jewish Quarter.