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Tripadvisor reveals its ‘year in review’ for 2021

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Tripadvisor user @alessandrofL127YD has posted 358 reviews in 2021 so far, averaging a whisker over one a day.

That’s one of the many fascinating facts that the platform has revealed in its 2021 Year in Review, alongside many others, from the destinations that have seen surges in bookings and searches to the experiences travellers have been ‘obsessed’ with.

The hard graft of user @alessandrofL127YD at the typeface didn’t go unnoticed, with Tripadvisor revealing that their reviews received a whopping 26,259 upvotes from fellow travellers.

Punta Cana (pictured), Dominican Republic, saw a 96 per cent increase in searches compared to 2020

Punta Cana (pictured), Dominican Republic, saw a 96 per cent increase in searches compared to 2020

And the ranks of users on the site were swelled enormously, with 44million new travellers joining the Tripadvisor community in 2021 and 2.5million travellers posting a review for the first time this year.

Other new additions to the Tripadvisor mainframe included 309,270 new accommodations, 109,110 new experiences and 175,286 new restaurants.

And in all, more than seven million new ‘Trips’ (travel itineraries) were created. If you took a trip a day, it would take you more than 13,830 years to do them all.

Tripadvisor says: ‘The planning was endless, both the little escapes and the big occasions. Just ask the travellers who named their trips “Mom needs a getaway so no Momster comes out” and “Where is Alexis going to propose?”’ 

Tripadvisor reveals that travellers were definitely longing for sunshine this year.

Honolulu, Hawaii, saw 3.2 times more ‘Experiences’ booked than pre-pandemic; Cancun, Mexico, saw a 17 per cent increase in searches compared to 2020; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, saw a 96 per cent increase in searches compared to 2020, and searches for Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, more than doubled (106 per cent) compared to 2020.

Searches for Sharm El Sheikh (pictured), Egypt, more than doubled (106 per cent) compared to 2020

Searches for Sharm El Sheikh (pictured), Egypt, more than doubled (106 per cent) compared to 2020 

In addition to sunny destinations, travellers were desperate for outdoor experiences, Tripadvisor says.

Denver, Colorado, received 65 per cent more bookings in 2021 compared with 2019. The top experience there? ‘Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver’.

Bookings for Sedona, Arizona, grew by 116 per cent compared to 2019, with ‘The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour’ the most popular experience.

There was a huge 313 per cent increase in bookings for Ontario, Canada, compared to 2019, with Tripadvisor revealing that the Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure has been the most-requested experience.

Moab in Utah has been popular, too, seeing a 53 per cent increase in bookings compared to 2019. The top experience there? ‘The Moab Xtreme 3-Hour Experience’.

There was a huge 313 per cent increase in bookings for Ontario (pictured), Canada

There was a huge 313 per cent increase in bookings for Ontario (pictured), Canada

Bookings for Sedona (pictured), Arizona, grew by 116 per cent compared to 2019, with ' The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour ' the most popular experience

Bookings for Sedona (pictured), Arizona, grew by 116 per cent compared to 2019, with ‘ The Original Sedona UFO and Stargazing Night Tour ‘ the most popular experience

Finally, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, received 152 per cent more bookings in 2021 than 2019, with the ‘Sloth Tour in La Fortuna’ the top experience.

Looking ahead, Tripadvisor says that there are over 66,000 Trips with ‘2022’ in the title already saved.

And looking back once more, Tripadvisor notes how travellers took the time to ‘appreciate each other and the interactions they did manage to have, whether virtually or in person’ – ‘thank you’ was mentioned over 41million times in reviews and forums this year. 

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