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Kailua-Kona Makes ‘Destinations on the Rise’ List

December 8, 2015, 5:05 PM HST
* Updated December 8, 5:07 PM
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TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards for “Destinations on the Rise” are out, and one Big Island locale made the cut.

According to TripAdvisor, the list was compiled using an algorithm that measures year-over-year increases in positive traveler feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants, and attractions from various destinations.

Rounding out the top ten list was Kailua-Kona with a 13 percent year-over-year increase in booking interest.

TripAdvisor notes that “this historic fishing village is located on the sun-soaked Kona Coast.”

Reviewers suggest visiting Mauna Kea’s summit while on the Big Island and enjoying a meal at Fish Hopper Seafood and Steaks, according to TripAdvisor’s compiled data.

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“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.”

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The full list includes:

  1. Gatlinburg, Tenn.: 67 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  2. Orange Beach, Ala.: 91 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  3. Destin, Fla.: 32 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  4. South Lake Tahoe, Calif.: 34 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  5. Jackson, Wyo.: 40 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  6. Estes Park, Colo.: 56 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  7. Anchorage, Alaska: 34 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  8. Pittsburgh, Pa.: 31 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  9. Portland, Maine: 36 percent year-over-year booking interest.
  10. Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i: 13 percent year-over-year booking interest.

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