The Yorkshire Dales National Park has been named as one of the top 25 UK travel destinations in a new internet poll.
The National Park was rated 17th in a survey of Europeans conducted by www.tripadvisor.co.uk.
Wilf Fenten, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority member Champion for Promoting Understanding, said: “This is more proof that UK visitors are not the only ones to appreciate the beauty and special qualities of the National Park.
“It is a fantastic asset to the area in terms of its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and as a place for people to live in, work in and visit. And, with the National Park Authority promoting sustainable tourism more and more, we make sure that we can welcome all these visitors without fearing that they may damage what they have come to see.”
Julie Barker, the Authority’s Sustainable Tourism Manager, said: “This is fantastic news. We know that more than eight million visitors each year choose to come to the Yorkshire Dales, with 98 per cent recommending the area to their friends and telling them to come here for the breathtaking scenery and peaceful way of life.
“Last year we saw an increase in visitors, particularly people staying overnight, and we think it was at least partly due to the economic climate. We are hoping for an even better season this year.”
TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice winners are based on the millions of real reviews and opinions from travellers on TripAdvisor.com™. The top destinations were determined by a combination of their favourite places and overall popularity on TripAdvisor.
Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said: “Millions of travellers on TripAdvisor have identified the world’s most amazing destinations.
“From stunningly beautiful locales to spots with outstanding attractions, the 2010 Travellers’ Choice Destination Award winners are truly incredible places that travellers love.”
For the complete 2010 Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards list, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TCDestinations.