Best tourist destinations for 2020
Lonely Planet's newly released Best In Travel 2020 book names the top 10 countries, top 10 regions, top 10 cities and the best-value destinations for holidays next year, Daily Mail writes in the article England is named the world's second best tourist destination for 2020.
The best cities have been named as Salzburg, Washington DC and Cairo and the best regions as the Central Asian Silk Road, Italy’s Le Marche, Japan’s Tōhoku and Maine in America.
The best value spots are East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia, Budapest, Madhya Pradesh in India and Buffalo in the U.S.
In justifying Bhutan taking the coveted number-one country spot, Lonely Planet says that it’s a ‘tiny piece of Himalayan paradise’ that has a good claim to being ‘a real-life Shangri-La’. It adds: ‘If you like your mountains snow-capped, your nature untamed and your monasteries humming with the sound of Tibetan horns, look no further than Bhutan.’
Runner-up England, says Lonely Planet, is a nation full of ‘timeless treasures’. ’Brexit uncertainties have dominated the headlines in recent years but one constant amid all the confusion has been the timeless treasures that England is famous for - the historic castles and cathedrals, the quaint villages and rolling countryside, and of course, the seaside,’ states the entry in the book. ‘Taking a bracing walk on a windswept pier, eating delicious fish and chips, searching for marine life in rock pools, finding fossils in ancient cliffs, building sandcastles and dolphin-spotting on picturesque beaches are just some of the activities offered by the English seaside.’ Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience, said: ‘For a relatively small country, England offers a lot of breathtaking scenery. There are 10 national parks and 34 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty - not to mention one of Europe’s longest coastlines - which travellers will soon be able to enjoy in full as the England Coast Path continues to take shape. If travellers are seeking exhilarating beauty in 2020, England won’t disappoint.’
VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: ‘It’s fantastic to see England scoring so highly with Lonely Planet - and with travellers. And it’s no surprise it’s a favourite global destination with our breathtaking and varied coastline, vibrant cities, stunning countryside, heritage and cultural gems, amazing visitor attractions enchanting green spaces and outstanding range of quality accommodation. England truly is packed full of incredible experiences that visitors can only have here.’
North Macedonia takes third place in the country ranking, with Lonely Planet saying: ‘It’s already renowned for gastronomy, ancient tradition and nature, but culture junkies and adventurers will find new excuses to visit in 2020 with the addition of flight routes to Unesco-protected Lake Ohrid and the recently launched High Scardus Trail, a 495km (306-mile) trek along the region’s most dramatic peaks.’
The rest of the top 10 country ranking comprises Aruba, eSwatini...
In the cities ranking, Lonely Planet says that Salzburg is a worthy winner because of its 'Unesco-listed baroque old town' and 'high-on a-hill medieval fortress', the 'galleries rammed with phenomenal art', the concert halls – ‘some of Europe’s finest’ – and ‘uplifting mountain views’.
Second-place Washington DC, the guidebook enthuses, is in the midst of a renaissance, with ‘a revitalised waterfront, celebrated new museums and an exploding food scene… and the city is looking greener than ever’.
The other podium occupant, Cairo, is praised for its Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), the downtown street food scene, the Khan Al Khalili medieval mall and, of course, the Pyramids of Giza.
The rest of the top ten cities list comprises Galway in Ireland (4th), Bonn in Germany (5th), La Paz in Bolivia (6th), Kochi in India (7th), Vancouver (8th), Dubai in the UAE (9th) and Denver (10th).
Turning to the regions ranking, Lonely Planet states that the Central Asian Silk Road - comprising Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - is in the No1 spot because of its ‘ancient cities, bustling bazaars and wild landscapes’, and because there has been ‘massive transportation and infrastructure investment’, so it’s ‘more accessible than ever before’.
Le Marche in Italy bags second place in the regions list owing to its ‘higgledy-piggledy hilltop towns, gloriously gluttonous food festivals, winding countryside and resplendent Renaissance palaces’. And Maine claims fourth place because, the entry states, of a culinary scene that has ‘exploded in recent years’, ‘vast forests’ and a ‘dramatic, lighthouse-strewn coastline’.
The rest of the regions top 10 comprises Lord Howe Island in Australia (5th), Guizhou Province in China (6th), Cadiz Province in Spain (7th), Northeast Argentina (8th), Kvarner Gulf in Croatia (9th) and the Brazilian Amazon (10th).