Fodor’s: Texas Hill Country new tourism hotspot

Enchanted Rock State Park (Eric Janzen/KXAN)
Enchanted Rock State Park (Eric Janzen/KXAN)

NEW YORK (KXAN) — American travelers have spoken, and crowned Texas Hill Country one of the hottest new tourism spots in 2013.

Fodor’s released their first list of the year’s most popular travel destinations, which they compile according to visitors on their website. They compiled the top 50 worldwide travel locales and the top 50 destinations that have grown most in popularity based on destination-guide page views from searches by American visitors.

Leading the charts in growth of popularity was Texas Hill Country with a 258 percent increase in page views since 2012. Fodor’s editors said they attribute the interest to a “burgeoning wine scene,” but there are plenty of other events the Austin-San Antonio area hosted in 2013 that attracted a very diverse array of visitors.

New York City continued to top the travel charts in 2013 and Europe experienced a post-recession resurgence, with Paris and Rome appearing in the top ten of the year’s most visited destinations. Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Iceland all saw page views more than double as well.

The list also revealed warm-weather destinations are popular among Americans – 11 of the top 25 most visited destinations were beach retreats like Hawaii, islands in the Caribbean and the usual Mexican hotspots.

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