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Tripadvisor reveals top travel destinations for 2023

ANZ claims 8 out of 10 of the most popular destinations in the South Pacific according to global travel community: Sydney, Hobart & Queenstown in top 5

Tripadvisor has announced its Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Destination Awards for 2023. Based on authentic reviews from the global travel community, the awards highlight the top-rated spots in the world across six categories: Popular, Trending, Food, Nature, Culture and Ski.

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Every year, Tripadvisor analyses the millions of reviews submitted on its platform to reveal the definitive travel list for the year, as chosen by globetrotters across the world. Looking at the quantity and quality of reviews for international destinations, the Travellers’ Choice. Best of the Best Destination Awards spotlight the most popular and up-and-coming destinations for the year ahead. 

Sydney, Australia
  • Tripadvisor kicks off Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2023 with Best of the Best Destinations 
  • Australian destinations make up almost half of the Top 10 most popular in the South Pacific
  • Sydney named 4th most popular destination in the South Pacific for 2023
  • Dubai remains most popular destination in the world for second year running

“We saw a resurgence of travel demand in 2022, and the outlook for this year is bright,” said Sarah Firshein, the Head of Editorial at Tripadvisor. “Long-haul trips have made a comeback, and we’re seeing a lot of travellers excited to plan trips to Asia and the Pacific region for the first time in several years. Cities like Paris and London, which may have taken a backseat to less populous destinations throughout the pandemic, are back on travellers’ minds, while far-reaching parts of the United States like Alaska and previously restricted countries like Cuba are also piquing a lot of interest.” 

“Above all, travellers are seeking out new adventures this year, and our Travellers’ Choice 2023 Destinations list reflects the very best places chosen by our devoted community,” Firshein said. “The diverse range of choices offer opportunities for cultural immersion, incredible culinary experiences, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and more—it’s really the ultimate reference guide for travellers dreaming about where to go next.” 

See the winners across all subcategories HERE 

Hobart, Australia
Margaret River, Australia

2023 Travel Hot List 

Dubai has held onto the top spot in Tripadvisors’ flagship category, Popular Destinations, to be crowned most popular destination in the world for a second year running, with Bali climbing back up to No. 2 for 2023. In the South Pacific category, Viti Levu, Fiji took the number one spot while Australian destinations make up 4 out of the top 10 most popular destinations in the region. Sydney comes in at No. 4 followed by Hobart at No. 5, Melbourne No. 7 and Margaret River creeping in at No. 9. 

Looking at up-and-coming travel hot spots for 2023, Cuba is the No. 1 Trending Destination in the world, with the greatest year-over-year growth in interest on Tripadvisor, followed by Hoi An, Vietnam at No. 2 and Mauritius at No. 3. Asia is the top trending region in this category, taking half of the top 10 spots. 

Queenstown, New Zealand

This year’s travel inspiration

While big cities continue to dominate the most popular destinations lists, a new category for 2023 celebrates travellers’ appetite for adventure and the great outdoors. The best Nature Destinations provides inspiration to budding explorers planning bucket list trips, with Mauritius scooping the inaugural top spot for this category. 

Another new category this year is the Best Places for Culture, looking specifically at reviews that highlight art, history and culture. Fes, Morocco, is No. 1 in the world for culture for 2023. 

Food is top priority for travellers, with 58 percent most excited about what restaurants to visit when it comes to planning a trip, according to Tripadvisor’s latest Travel Index. The best Food Destinations highlights locales known for their cuisine and burgeoning dining scenes. Rome reigns supreme for foodies taking the top spot in both the world and Europe lists. 

As the ski season kicks off for 2023, Tripadvisor has unveiled the Best Places to Ski, according to those who hit the slopes last year. With its stunning landscape and down-to-earth mountain culture, Whistler, Canada is the No. 1 Ski Destination in the world this year.

Viti Levu, Fiji

Top 10 Popular Destinations in the South Pacific

  1. Viti Levu, Fiji
  2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  3. Queenstown, New Zealand
  4. Sydney, Australia
  5. Hobart, Australia
  6. Auckland, New Zealand
  7. Melbourne, Australia
  8. Te Anau, New Zealand
  9. Margaret River, Australia
  10. Rotorua, New Zealand


Rotorua, New Zealand
Te Anau, New Zealand


The Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Destinations Awards honour travellers’ favourite destinations worldwide based on the quality and quantity of ratings and reviews, specific to each award subcategory, for accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations from travellers globally on Tripadvisor over the 12-month period between November 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022.  

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