Lonely Planet keeps Iceland accolades coming

After well-publicised Iceland travel recommendations in the last two years, Lonely Planet has now announced that Iceland tops its Best In Travel list for 2012 — and furthermore, Reykjavik wins top spot in the cities category.

Lonely Planet is the world’s biggest travel guide book and digital media publisher and its recommendation constitutes excellent free advertising for travel destinations and practically guarantees increased tourism revenue. Iceland has been reaping the benefits of Lonely Planet (and other) travel recommendations in recent years.

In 2010 Lonely Planet touted Iceland as one of its “Perfect Trips for 2010” and this year the organisation included the Westfjords region of Iceland on its world top 10 for 2011. These recommendations have proven invaluable for the Icelandic tourism sector, which has seen two bumper years, despite the disruption caused by volcanic eruptions.

This week’s announcement of the Best In Travel readers’ choice award for Iceland and its capital city, Reykjavik look likely to surpass all previous recognition.

Lonely Planet literature states that Best In Travel represents what Lonely Planet authors, editors and staff believe to be the very best in travel for next year.

“This year is no different, and Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 is hot off the presses (not to mention available in the iBook Store). Actually, there is one difference this year – we wanted to hear what you think will be 2012’s hottest destinations. After hundreds of nominations for cities and countries and over 3,000 votes for the finalists, the results are in,” the Lonely Planet website states.

Iceland topped the Lonely Planet staff and readers’ top ten ranking for travel in 2012 by a sizeable margin; coming out ahead of Italy, India, the Philippines, Turkey, Colombia, the UK, Slovenia, the USA and Mexico — and Reykjavik was voted top city for next year by only a slightly smaller degree. It was followed in the list by Lisbon, Istanbul, Barcelona, London, Berlin, Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, New York and Puebla.

The original text and data can be seen on the Lonely Planet website here.

(Photos: Alëx Elliott // IceNews.is)

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