TripAdvisor 2017: A Year in Review

It’s always fun to see the end of the year statistics from TripAdvisor. More than 820,000 properties around the world received their first TripAdvisor review in 2017. London was the city with the most reviews and the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana received the most reviews of any hotel. Who wrote the most reviews? Japanese travelers did.

One interesting fact – Pasteis de Belem is a bakery in Lisbon that received more than 10,000 reviews and had the most of any eatery in the world. Eritrea won as the least reviewed country.

Find out more details and have fun on your travels in 2018!

 

 

 

China’s Toilet Revolution

If you were in charge of the tourism industry in your country, promoting the bathrooms probably wouldn’t be your top priority. But for China, this is actually the angle they are taking. President Xi Jinping actually makes it his business to inspect toilet facilities in rural homes and areas, and he has now announced that he is increasing the campaign for a Chinese “toilet revolution” that he first launched in 2015. A toilet revolution – that’s right.
He wants clean toilets to help to boost travel to China and to improve the hygiene of the people. China has apparently opened about 68,000 new and improved toilets in tourist areas around the country since the campaign started in 2015. The Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve has recently welcomed a series of new eco-toilets. In Yunnan province they held a competition to select the best toilets to attract tourists.

An Entire Town On The Move

If you haven’t heard of Kiruna, a town in northern Sweden, you’ll want to read this. The town and its 18,000 residents is moving. That’s right, the entire town is relocating to New Kiruna which is two miles to the east of the original town. They are undertaking this monumental task over the course of 20 years. Learn more about this fascinating story and why it’s taking place.