Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

Despite the challenges the past two years have wrought upon the travel industry, our love for travel has never waned as travel optimism and hope for recovery remains high. Drawing upon more than 232 million verified reviews from real travelers, leading digital travel platform Booking.com announces the recipients of its tenth annual Traveller Review Awards, including the 2022 Most Welcoming Places on Earth.

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A total of 1,261,273 accommodation providers in 220 countries and territories around the world are being recognized with a Traveller Review Award 2022, including 8,405 accommodations from Vietnam. In terms of places to stay, Italy leads the pack with the most accommodations being recognized with a 2022 award (162,272), followed by Spain (93,130) and France (89,186). Vietnam ranks 18th on the global list with a total of 8,405 recognized accommodations.

Vietnam amongst the top 10 Most Welcoming Cities on Earth* in 2022
, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An

From iconic architectural wonders to pristine natural beauty, the 2022 Most Welcoming Cities on Earth span the globe and offer travelers a range of memorable travel experiences. The 2022 Most Welcoming Cities on Earth include Matera (Italy), Bled (Slovenia) and Taitung City (Taiwan). Vietnam’s Hoi An captured the hearts of travelers worldwide with its charming and iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site ancient town, authentic village life, nearby sandy beaches, and the Chinese and French influences blending together seamlessly into the diverse local food scene making it to list of 2022’s most welcoming cities on Earth

Top 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities’ on Earth in 2022
  1. Matera, Italy
  2. Bled, Slovenia
  3. Taitung City, Taiwan
  4. Nafplio, Greece
  5. Toledo, Spain
  6. Monte Verde, Brazil
  7. Bruges, Belgium
  8. Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
  9. Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal
  10. Hoi An, Vietnam

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Most Welcoming Accommodation Types in Vietnam

, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

For the fifth year in a row, apartments take the top spot in the Traveller Review Awards 2022 as the most-awarded property type globally, with 561,843 partners being recognized for their efforts. Hotels take the second spot with 172,530 properties being honored, followed by holiday homes (148,962), guest houses (98,466) and B&Bs (79,859).

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Hotels take the lead as the most awarded property type in Vietnam with a total of 3,381 hotels being recognized for their efforts. Homestays take the second spot followed by apartments, guest houses and villas.

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Warm and welcoming staff make the difference both globally and in Vietnam

, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

, Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town amongst world’s 10 ‘Most Welcoming Cities on Earth’ in 2022

When diving into the individual aspects of their stays that guests valued most at the 1,259,594 properties around the world receiving a Traveller Review Award 2022, staff (9.0), cleanliness (8.9) and location (8.9) received the highest average marks globally. This is well above other aspects evaluated, such as facilities (8.6) or value for money (8.5), demonstrating the importance of those welcoming, friendly interactions during the stay, as well as health and hygiene in light of the evolving status of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Similarly in Vietnam, staff scores the highest with an 8.9 score, followed by comfort with an 8.8 score. Cleanliness, location and value of money shared the same score at 8.7.

Anthony Lu, Regional Director, China and Mekong at Booking.com told Vietnam Insider: “As travel dynamics continue to change, it’s heartening to see the love travelers have expressed for the destinations as recognized by Booking.com’s Traveller Review Awards 2022. The travel industry has continued to remain vigilant and flexible in light of the uncertainty and travel restrictions, and we acknowledge the passion and dedication of our partners in creating safe and welcoming travel experiences, enabling travelers in having beautiful experiences our world has to offer. As we navigate through the current travel environment, we are looking towards the future with renewed optimism and hope, and with these awards, we recognize the incredible hospitality our partners deliver to travelers each and every day and thank them for their amazing devotion as we continue to rebuild together.”

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