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Eat Your Way Around the World: Top Destinations to Indulge in Global Delicacies

Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Tokyo are the top cities for food fans across the globe

With three quarters (75%) of global travellers saying that they would likely travel somewhere renowned for its great food and drink when choosing their next travel destination[i], culinary travel is a trend on the rise. The joy of trying and eating delicious new dishes while travelling can make a trip to remember. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, uncovers the top food destinations around the world, as endorsed by Booking.com travellers[ii]. Now you can discover these gastronomic hot spots on your next getaway.

Foodie favourites: the global hotspots

Among the over 120 million real traveller reviews on Booking.com, food stands out as a clear passion for many, representing a central theme in countless reviews. The data reveals Asian and South American flavours feature highly in the top ten foodie favourite destinations with Greece, Australia and Spain also included. Hong Kong, with its famous dim sum, Sao Paulo with Brazilian barbeque and Tokyo, whose restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than New York and Paris combined[i], top the list.

Top 25 cities globally endorsed for food by Booking.com travellers

1

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2

Sao Paulo, Brazil

3

Tokyo, Japan

4

Athens, Greece

5

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6

Melbourne, Australia

7

Bangkok, Thailand

8

Granada, Spain

9

Las Vegas, USA

10

Buenos Aires, Argentina

11

Singapore, Singapore

12

Warsaw, Poland

13

Porto, Portugal

14

Valencia, Spain

15

Florence, Italy

16

Milan, Italy

17

Sydney, Australia

18

Krakow, Poland

19

Istanbul, Turkey

20

Lisbon, Portugal

21

Munich, Germany

22

Copenhagen, Denmark

23

Seville, Spain

24

Brussels, Belgium

25

Rome, Italy

Gastronomic tourism

Booking.com reveals that when choosing their next travel destination, the majority (75%) of global travellers would likely travel somewhere known for its great food and drink. It’s millennials who are the most keen to combine travel and food, with 79% of travellers between the ages of 18 and 34 considering travelling somewhere that’s specifically known for its gastronomic delights[i].

Almost one in 10 (8%) people have travelled in the last year to fulfil their hobby of fine dining and seven percent for their passion for wine. Millennials are most keen on seeking out food passions whilst travelling, with one in 10 (10%) combining their love of street food with travelling, compared to only four percent of those travellers aged over 55[ii].

Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com comments:

“Culinary travel is an ever-growing trend, with travellers planning trips centred on taste-inspired exploration and seeking to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, of which food plays a huge part. Not only are people looking for luxury gastronomic experiences, but also sampling local and street food.

By using real traveller reviews, of which there are over 118 million on Booking.com and growing each day, we’re able to help travellers to discover the best places to explore as recommended by fellow travellers from the best neighbourhoods and dishes to try to discovering hidden gems beyond the mainstream culinary destinations.”

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[i] According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process

[ii] To find the top 25 destinations, Booking.com looked at destinations that had the most endorsements for 'food' by global Booking.com travellers, which needed to have over 300 endorsements or more for 'food' between 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 to be considered.

[iii] http://uk.businessinsider.com/cities-with-the-most-michelin-stars-in-the-world-2016-12/#2-kyoto-japan-135-stars-17

[iv] According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process.

[v] According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process.

About Booking.com

Booking.com is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodations online. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property – from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the Booking.com website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don’t pay booking fees – ever. The Booking.com website is available in 43 languages, offers over 1.3 million accommodations including more than 697,000 vacation rental properties and covers 110,000 unique destinations in 227 countries and territories worldwide. It features over 118M reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts online visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 20 years of experience and a team of over 15,000 dedicated employees in 199 offices worldwide, Booking.com operates its own in-house customer service team, which is available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.

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