They have been named the 20 friendliest places on the planet, with Perthshire in Scotland being the number one region and the Brazilian town of Arraial d’Ajuda, famous for its azure beaches, being the top destination.
The list has been compiled by Booking.com, with the entries identified based on the number of Traveler Review Awards each one has.
Rounding out the top five in the regional ranking are Penghu, Taiwan (second); Boyacá, Colombia (third); Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy (fourth); and Los Lagos, Chile (fifth).
Following Arraial d’Ajuda on the list of destinations They are Ermupoli, Greece (second); Viana do Castelo, Portugal (third); Daylesford, Australia (fourth); and Grindelwald, Switzerland (fifth).
The highest-ranked American place is Moab, Utah. The city, famous for its rocky and cinematic natural beauty, ranks sixth on the list of destinations.
They have been named the 20 friendliest places on the planet, and Perthshire in Scotland is the number one region. Above: Perth city center
Penghu, Taiwan is ranked as the second most welcoming region
Boyacá, Colombia, is the third most welcoming region in the world
Speaking about Perthshire’s crown as most welcoming region, Perth and Kinross Council leader Grant Laing said: “Being recognized as one of the world’s most welcoming destinations in 2024 is a tremendous accolade and demonstrates that hospitality in Perth and Kinross is second to none.”
‘We live in an area of outstanding natural beauty and welcome visitors from all over the world each year and have successfully hosted world-renowned events such as the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and, just last year, we welcomed thousands of participants of the Gran Fondo. part of the UCI World Championships.
‘In March, Perth Museum will open its doors to the public for the first time. The new home of the Stone of Destiny will attract thousands more visitors to the area and I’m sure they will all discover many things to love about Perth and Kinross when they get here.’
Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy, has been ranked the fourth most welcoming region in the world
Moab, Utah, is the sixth most welcoming destination in the world
Booking.com explained that it based its awards on more than 309 million verified customer reviews, evaluating the hospitality, service and standards of travel accommodations, activities and transport providers.
Only customers who have stayed in accommodation, rented a car or traveled by taxi can leave a review of their experience on Booking.com.
Reserva.com said: ‘This year’s list of the world’s friendliest places showcases a wide range of destinations from around the world. From charming coastal towns to alpine retreats and even rustic desert gems, all of these places are sure to spark a sense of wanderlust in the year ahead.