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PRNewswire — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice®Destinations on the Rise awards. The awards recognize the destinations that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest, year-over-year.

The world’s top 10 destinations on the rise were named, as well as top 10 lists for the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America.

“These rising hotspots around the world are increasingly gaining the attention and admiration of travelers on TripAdvisor,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those looking to be inspired for vacation planning for 2013, these destinations offer remarkable places to eat, stay and play.”
 
Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – U.S.:

1.      Austin, Texas
2.      Memphis, Tennessee
3.      Colorado Springs, Colorado
4.      Portland, Maine
5.      Denver, Colorado
6.      Portland, Oregon
7.      Fort Myers, Florida
8.      Phoenix, Arizona
9.      Dallas, Texas
10.     Gatlinburg, Tennessee

For the complete list of 2012 Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise winners, sponsored by Citi®, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations on the Rise.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site,* enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 60 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 75 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

About Colorado Springs, CO

Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado Springs is Colorado’s second largest city with a population of 414,658. Offering over 300 days of annual sunshine and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions, Colorado Springs and the surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples. The region consists of El Paso, Fremont and Teller Counties, located in southern Colorado along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. Find out more or order a free Official Visitor Guide at http://www.VisitCOS.com.