TripAdvisor announced Tuesday that Gatlinburg, Tenn. has been named the #1 Destination on the Rise in the United States and #4 in the world in the Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2015. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, reaching 350 million unique monthly visitors, covering 5.3 million accommodations and operating in 47 countries worldwide.
“This is a such a great recognition for Gatlinburg,” said Robert Montgomery, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau board president. “TripAdvisor is internationally known as a trusted source for top travel information, and this recognition further affirms the positive experience our guests receive when they visit Gatlinburg.”
Gatlinburg is one of America’s great mountain resort destinations, with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local-to-national restaurants, and attractions galore – all surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops that reflect that tradition. Home to 3,944 residents, this little town is dedicated to welcoming millions of visitors each year with a taste of Appalachian hospitality at its best. People come from all over the world for vacations, outdoor adventures, family fun and memory making.
“Our well-traveled community has helped us identify the destinations around the world that are gaining in interest and popularity,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “We hope these destinations inspire those planning their travel for 2016 to book trips to these locales that feature excellent hotels, restaurants and attractions, and also provide a great vacation value.”
For the fourth year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top destinations that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community, year-over-year.