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Italy garners top Travelers' Choice Hotel award

Best facilities for families worldwide, says TripAdvisor

22 January, 15:13
Italy garners top Travelers' Choice Hotel award (ANSA) - Rome, January 22 - The TripAdvisor website on Wednesday announced its Travelers' Choice Hotels Awards 2014, and Italy was front and center with the most facilities awarded including the best hotel for families in the world.

In its 12th edition, the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Hotel Awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions written by travelers from around the world. "These extraordinary results confirm that a welcoming culture is a winning strategy for Italy's image not only in the countries attracting many tourists, but also in new areas like China, India, the UAE, and Latin America," said Andrea Babbi, director-general of the Italian national tourism agency ENIT. He noted that small and medium hotels were the driving force behind Italian tourism, as they "make it possible to experience Italian life and 'live' the culture of the places". The tourism agency chief noted that Italy is working to increase its appeal at the international level. Italy's 152 hotels and B&Bs awarded surpassed Britain's 145, France's 144 and the US's 144. The best hotel for families internationally was found to be in Ortisei, near the northern town of Bolzano, and Trentino-Alto Adige was the most highly awarded region.