Split, Zadar, and Dubrovnik made the top 20 most awarded cities in the world in 2018!
Booking.com, one of the world’s leading online travel platforms, honors their partners who continually provide their customers with excellent user experience in the annual Guest Review awards. For the award’s seventh edition, 759,845 objects in 219 countries and territories were awarded in 2018, reports Večernji List on January 8, 2019.
Italy took the cake for the most awards last year (106,513), followed by Spain (46,646), France (45,286), Germany (36,042), the United States (35,626), Croatia (34,027), United Kingdom (31,206), Russia (26,729), Poland (26,572) and Brazil (24,477).
In Croatia, 34,027 objects of all kinds were awarded a total average rating of 9.0, which, along with New Zealand, who carries the same average rating, is the highest average guest rating in the world.
In the top 20 most awarded cities in the world, three Croatian destinations were listed. Namely, Split took third place, immediately after Rome and St. Petersburg, Zadar followed in 16th, and Dubrovnik came in at 20th. According to the number of awards received, Croatia was ranked sixth in the world.
Based on the share of objects that received awards in 2018, Booking.com has revealed the places guests loved most around the world according to traveler reviews. With the highest percentage of award-winning facilities of those who met the conditions, the most loved countries are Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand, Taiwan, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Serbia, and Greece. The destinations guests loved most in Croatia are Slunj, Korenica, Plitvice Lakes, Otočac, Rakovica, Skradin, Osijek, Zagreb, Split, and Rovinj. This is especially important for the 72% of Croatian travelers who say that helpful and interesting locals are one of the most important factors when choosing a destination for their next trip.
When it comes to the most enjoyable types of accommodation, travelers from Croatia prefer the experience of staying in hotels, holiday homes, apartments, and villas.
For the second consecutive year, apartments were the most awarded type of accommodation and made up more than a third (36%) of the award-winning facilities in 2018. In fact, while hotels were the second most awarded type of accommodation, nearly three-quarters (73%) of all awarded facilities were houses, apartments and other unique accommodation facilities, including boats, igloos, country homes.
The ongoing interest of passengers to experience a diverse range of unique accommodation can also be seen in the results of a recent survey of 21,500 travelers from 29 countries, including 500 respondents from Croatia, which point out that in 2019, almost half of Croatia’s travelers (45%) are more willing to stay in a private accommodation (holiday home or apartment) than in a hotel. Also, more than a quarter of Croatian travelers (27%) say they would consider adding their home to the accommodation booking page in the following year. Around 33% of Croatian travelers also want to stay in a type of accommodation they have never tried before.
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